The importance of heritage…why we are who we are.
I am going to toss this out to the brilliant scholars and historians of this site because there are many here much smarter than me.
My family is a funny lot…. we bicker back and forth over our origins because as we roll back time…it get more foggy and unclear. I “get it” that we came from western Europe…but the specifics get foggy the further back we go.
This is what I have been told and to the best of my ability…. what I have been able to uncover.
My family is basically Scott-Irish with a splash of Scandinavian thrown in for good measure.
My mother’s family is the McClure’s. From what I have been told and researched…. the McClures actually began in Scotland. The migrated to Ireland and called themselves “MacClure and eventually accepted the Irish spelling of McClure. Before they were MacClure…they were MacCleod….which means “son of Leod”…Leod was a Viking chief that invaded Scotland in the 7th century….effectively he aided in the extermination or “breeding out” of the native Picts. Not necessarily a wonderful heritage…but it is what it is.
My father’s family…gets a little strange. There are several origins for the family name…”Stephens”. It could be from several sources…. from appearances…my family has all the traits of Irish/Scandinavian. My cousins…god bless them…. have pale white skin and carrot red hair…I’m not talking about 1 odd one here and there…my Uncle Jerry has 14 kids and 8 of them are absolutely pale with red hair…not a genetic oddity…it appears to be pretty consistent. Yes…I said that…my uncle Jerry has 14 kids…that is not a lie.
According to family legend…. one of our ancestors was a captain in William the Conqueror’s army in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings….which leads us to Norman…which was actually Scandinavian…not French or “Franc”. I have done a bit of research into the “Francs” reaching back to Charlemagne…the Normans were NOT Francs….the Anglo-Saxons…well…I know where Saxony was….basically modern day Germany….Not so sure where the Anglo comes from. Confused on this…I try to research this back and it gets foggy drawing in the Visigoths and such…very hard to pin down.
My family, on my fathers side displays all the traits of a Scandinavian people, but we migrated to the USA from Ireland in the early 1800’s. My mothers family….the McClure’s…came to America in the 1700’s….3 brothers that landed in South Carolina.
I am tossing this out there to you very clever historians because I have hit a dead end on my father’s side and I am hoping some of you clever folks might be able to point me in the right direction. My mother’s side is documented in actual hard bound books…they have tracked the McClure’s back for over a millennium…I really can’t argue with that….but I am very interested in tracking my fathers side back at least as far….any help or directions you could point me in would be extremely helpful….and appreciated…
Edit to add....
Yes I have done the online genealogy stuff....they only go back so far....I am looking for ancient origins here....all help is appreciated....
Edited by Jeremiah65, 19 May 2013 - 04:30 PM.