Sunday, July 09, 2006

Sassenach Part II

If I went back in time, I'd probably choose 1700's England, Scotland, Ireland or the American colonies, if I had my druthers. The family I had in the colonies/US at the time was in Pennsylvania, and I must admit that I would love a chance to look in on them. I also had ancestors in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, as well as in England, (possibly in the Manchester area, and also in London). My Irish kin may have hailed from the Dublin area, but I'm not too clear on that score. There apparently was a family crest associated with one branch of my British ancestors. Most of my direct forebears were simple, hardworking folk. I'd love a glimpse into their day to day lives, and I'd love to see whether or not I look like any of them.

I don't have much desire to visit my Ukrainian kin on their home turf. I suspect that it would be painful to see, with social divides beyond modern American comprehension and brutal revolutions rampant throughout the region. I don't have much information at all about the history of that half of my family, and I'd love to know more, but I don't think it would be easy to visit.

There are some intriguing questions I'd love to have answered about my Ukrainian ancestors. We sort of suspect that there might have been a touch (or more) of Mongol blood introduced somewhere along the way. Imagine: I might be a distant descendant of Genghis Khan! I'd really like to know more.

One prolific Ukrainian ancestor was rumored to have been responsible for most of the population of a small Hungarian town. If that's the case, I might have a lot of Eastern European cousins to look up someday!

Of course, I'd love to watch some larger historical events unfold, too. The American Revolution, the French Revolution (though I really wouldn't want to be actively present for this one, since it was exceptionally brutal) and the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (again, I shudder at the thought of actually being present; I'd just like to see it) are especially interesting to me.

I guess you could call me the timid time traveler, with my fly-on-the-wall technique. I wish I could believe in the past life regression thing, it might be interesting. If I've had past lives, I wonder where and when they occurred? Hmmm, sounds like a topic for another post someday!


PaxRomano said...

Merci's former lives:

Ancient Greece: Oracle at Delphi

Ancient Egypt: Cleopatra

Medieval England: Catherine of Valois

Florence, Italy - The Renaissance: Catherine de Medici

American Revolution, Philadelphia: Betsy Ross

American West, 1850's: Belle Starr

Hollywood California, 1920's: Theda Bara

Present: Social worker and Annette Bening's stunt double (as needed)

Merci said...

Wow, thank you, Pax! You made my day! I'll have to do some meditation to see if I can remember some of the spicy details. Could be fun just thinking about it.

Virginia Gal said...

Family histories are interesting no? I'd love to learn more about mine, they had to have come from Iran or the Persian area....from our last name I know that.

Merci said...

Virginia Gal-
Intriguing, I know. Some of our ancestors were not so very far from one another. Some of mine were from a town on the Black Sea.

One day I'll track backwards through my family tree, one layer at a time, and see how far I get.