Well, this Friday five is going to be a bit rough for me to give solid answers to, because my familly is VERY tight-lipped about our past. My father's father absolutely refused to speak about his family's past to any of his wife or children, and took his stories to his grave with him. My father's mother also never was one for telling stories, and while everyone says that they keep meaning to ask her for stories before she dies, they never get around to it. As for my mother's side, they do have some stories floating around but they are few and far between, and my mother's parents are now so far gone mentally that we aren't getting any more stories out of them. That said, here we go!
1. What is your lineage? Where are your ancestors from?
Germany and Ireland, almost a perfect 50/50 split (the hard way, too, as both of my parents are almost perfect 50/50 German/Irish). There is a possibility there may be some Polish in there also, but as the story does not state _where_ in Poland and Poland has gone through a vast number of border changes, it is hard to say. Also, it would be about 1/32 of me at the most, and I don't think it really counts at that point. There are also stories of some English influence more recently, so I might actually be about 1/8 or 1/16 English and only 3/8 or 7/16 Irish (it would come from that part, based on which side of the family it supposedly trickled through).
2. Of those countries, which would you most like to visit?
Gemany, I've been there before and would jump at the opportunity to move there for good.
3. Which would you least like to visit? Why?
England if it's even there (in my herritage, that is), bunch of wankers over there. Ireland otherwise, because I love Germany. Although that is a bit misleading, as I do plan on seeing Ireland someday as well. Just not as much as Germany.
4. Do you do anything during the year to celebrate or recognize your heritage?
I am a total lush, does that count? I hate the average American, how about that?
5. Who were the first ancestors to move to your present country (parents, grandparents, etc)?
beats me. earliest I've heard of are around the great-grandparent or great-great-grandparent level on both my mom and dad's side. Certainly no earlier, because I've heard stories my mom has told about her aunt(? perhaps great-aunt?) who spoke almost no english at all and cooked in the old-world style (leaving the milk out the night before, etc.)