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    History versus What Might Have Been (Personal)

    I'm new to the forum, and finding my way around- but I'm finding myself in a odd position. You see, my family line has been traced to Koln (Cologne) Germany back to 1650- but there the trail goes cold.

    My present issue is that I know my ancestors were likely to be Catholics, and if I were to honor them- as best I know that can be documents- that faith should be an important consideration. HOWEVER, although I have absolutely no proof whatsoever where my family originated or dwelt prior to Koln, I've been drawn to the pre-Christian roots of the region and specifically heathenry. And that in itself leaves a lot of ground to cover- given the location of Koln (as a starting point) I could easily swing towards a more Nordic approach, a more Germanic approach, Anglo-Saxon, or even a Celtic approach *could* be appropriate.

    I know, especially here on this corner of the internet, there's a big issue of honoring one's roots and ancestors and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do that. For me, though, as a result of past experience the 'Christian thing' is a non-starter with me so that steers me toward one or more of the earlier traditions- I just don't know which one to throw in with just yet!

    Has anyone else run into this sort of situation and, if so, how did you manage to resolve it? Or is it an ongoing issue?

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    Everyone here has Catholic and Heathen ancestors, the matter you bring up has been indeed discussed before on this forum. I'm not sure how everyone goes about this individually, but very few people seem to make an issue out of it as far as their own life choices go. If you have a family member who fought in WW2 on the allied side, which is the case for many non-German members, it shouldn't have an impact on how you view the post-WW2 world either. Be glad they made it out alive (probably). An ancestor is an ancestor first, there was no reason for them to be anything other than Catholic or Heathen when they were alive. And there's no need to disown any of them unless they were the worst kind of scum imaginable.
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    Not the 'worst' kind of scum imaginable, but my great-grandfather (on my mother's side) was a moonshiner and my great-grandmother (his wife) was a morphine addict (and dealer) back in the day. GGf Norman spent some time in jail in Memphis at one point; it seems a gentleman from there was looking to 'buy' my grandmother at a young age for marriage and when they got to town the guy decided he didn't want to pay up so GGf Norman shot the guy stone-cold dead.

    A rather far cry from the family of the 1650's, when the old man made his living as a tailor in Koln. His grandson moved the family to the Americas in 1720.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johan the Blind View Post
    Not the 'worst' kind of scum imaginable, but my great-grandfather (on my mother's side) was a moonshiner.
    I see nothing wrong with being a moonshiner, though the US government does because they don't get a piece of the action. So, no your Great Grandfather was not "the worst kind of scum" for being a moonshiner, whatever else he did might or might not be a different story.
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