> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Joseph Fatula > Completely off topic... > > But when I was reading this post, the above answer was something of a > suprise to me (being from the US). The idea that someone ancestors, > back three generations, would be almost entirely from the country you > live in now, seems so odd to me. If you go back to the > great-grandparent level, my ancestors spoke five different > languages and > lived in three different countries, and all of them ended up > in the US > after their countries fell apart, or tried killing them off. True, but on my paternal grandfather's side of the family, they trace back to earlier English settlers in America during the 17th century so the English language does carry back pretty far for some of us, though I know there are also some Germans in the mix. I'd only have to go back to my other grandparents to find the Spanish speaking ancestors. Yes, like most Americans, I'm a mutt, a mix of all those explorers, conquerors and pioneers that came over a few hundred years ago. None of those Ellis Islanders in my ancestry.