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Family Heritage

Do you remember hearing any stories about why our ancestors came to America?

What is our ethnic origin, and how has it affected our family?

What do you know about our family surnames? Their origins? Their meaning? Has the spelling been changed at some time in the past?

Is there a naming tradition in your family, such as always giving the firstborn son the name of his paternal grandfather?

Are there any items, traditions or customs in the family which have been handed down from generation to generation (these could include everything from naming traditions to jewelry to recipes)?  Were there any family heirlooms/property, etc. that have been handed down from generation to generation? What are they? Where are they now?

Are there any stories about unusual events or  famous / infamous relatives in our family?