With a record-breaking 51 participants, here is a list of competitors and their heritage flags for the Winter 2010 GeneaBloggers Games! If somehow we missed you, please send us your heritage flag, a description of the flag and a link to your blog at firstname.lastname@example.org – and we’ll add you to this esteemed list of genealogy athletes!
A Tale of Two Ancestors
“My flag represents a part of my diverse heritage. I was born and raised the the USA, the background flag in this conglomeration. To me, the US represents diversity, a mix of cultures and backgrounds. I also have the Italian and United Kingdom flags. Growing up, Italian was the culture I most identified with and what my family most often talked about being. In genealogy, the ancestors I have traced the most and with the most success are those from the United Kingdom, namely in the Kent area of England.”
Read more at A Tale of Two Ancestors.
AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors
“My flag is symbolic of my Frisian, Dutch, English, Scots, and French roots and the colors not only represent the colors of the flags of my forefathers, but also my proud American heritage as well!”
Read more at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors.
Ancestors of Mine from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky & Beyond
“My ancestors are from several countries, including France, Ireland, Germany, and the United Kingdom. They all traveled the oceans to the United States. The stars are central as the way to cross all barriers until they became one here in the United States.”
Read more at Ancestral Notes.
“For these games, I have created the following flag, representing my American, Hungarian and Irish roots.”
Read more at Ancestry Chronicles.
“I had a more heritage-inspired flag, but it ranked up there among the world’s ugliest. It was really busy. No, seriously. I’m sparing your eyesight by not posting it. It had cross-sections of the flags for Ireland and Germany interspersed with cross-sections of the state flags of Maryland, Virginia and Texas. All of this nestled under the header of my blog. Biz-ee.
I couldn’t do that to you, my readers, and so instead I opted for the more understated and pleasing to the eye upper-left-corner of my blog header, which I noticed at the eleventh hour just happens to be flag-shaped. Perfect!”
Read more at Bayside Blog.
Before My Time
Read more about TK’s involvement with the Winter 2010 GB Games at Before My Time.
Blog of a Genealogist in Training
“I wanted to keep America on the flag because it’s my home and has been the home of several lines of both my Mom’s and my Dad’s families since the 17th and 18th centuries. I like knowing that I have lines with an American history going back to the beginning and continuing to the present and thought it would be important to show that.
The two other flags incorporated into my flag for the Geneabloggers Winter Games are the flags from Germany and from the United Kingdom. I chose the German flag because that is where nearly all of my recent immigrant ancestors have come from. The Boldas, the Kleinerts, the Siegmunds all came from various parts of Germany between 1880 and 1900 and they are all lines that I would love to be able to know more about one day. The other flag incorporated on my own flag is of course, the flag for the United Kingdom. Maybe this was too obvious a choice but I used it because it represents two big research problems-I have three lines that stretch back to America in the 18th century that supposedly came from Britain, according to the passed down family history at least. But I haven’t been able to find proof of that for any of them yet. Mostly because immigration records in the 1700s are virtually non-existant, with only a few exceptions, from what I’d been able to gather. So that part of the flag represents both the possible beginnings of those lines as well as the time and commitment it has and will continue to require to prove it.”
Read more at Blog of a Genealogist in Training.
CanadaGenealogy, or Jane’s Your Aunt
“My own ‘Current Genealogy Research’ heritage banner which you see displayed here includes the flag of Scotland, for my maternal DNA line back to Islay, Scotland (and beyond), the flag of Sweden for my research on my husband’s family, and the flag of my own country, Canada, where I’m alwaysresearching someone.”
Read more at CanadaGenealogy, or Jane’s Your Aunt.
Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
Read more at Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories.
Documenting the Details
“I combined the flags of the United States, Great Britain and France because many of my ancestors have been in the USA since it was just a few colonies, most of those colonists came from England and my family just determined last year that our grandfather’s ancestors originated in France.”
Read more at Documenting the Details.
Echo Hill Ancestors
“The flag represents three countries: USA. Luxembourg and Ireland and as you can see the flags are overlaid and intertwined. The symbolism of the flag, which represents my paternal grandparents, is that America is intertwined with our heritage countries and given strength through that intertwining… sort of like a rope that becomes stronger with more threads.”
Susan has set some great goals for her Winter 2010 GB Games competition – read more at Echo Hill Ancestors.
Elyse’s Genealogy Blog
“My flag that I will be carrying for these games is a representation of my heritage. On the bottom, a small German flag and a small United Kingdom flag represents the heritage that I’ve inherited from my ancestors. The top half of the flag is the American flag because above it all, I am a proud American.”
Read more at Elyse’s Genealogy Blog.
[Family] History Is the Lie Commonly Agreed Upon
“I am part Danish, Welsh, Scottish, English, and Norwegian, but I am proud to be 100% American.”
Read more at [Family] History Is the Lie Commonly Agreed Upon.
“My Winter 2010 flag incorporates the three most prevalent countries in my family tree. The United States where I live and on my paternal grandmother’s side has lived since the Jamestown colony. The flag of the United Kingdom represents my paternal grandfather and grandmother’s roots. It was not until I participated in a Randy Seaver SNGF that I realized just how many German ancestors my tree holds, so the German flag has to be included, too. In the middle is the Hughes coat of arms–my surname.”
Read more at Flipside.
“I’m using the same flag I created last year. My flag represents the American, German, and Irish heritage of my family.”
Read more at Gen Blog.
Gen Wish List
“Since my ancestry is highly German, I started with the German flag in the back. I added the US flag for my own life and where my ancestors immigrated over many centuries. I added a smaller flag of the United Kingdom to signify my English and Northern Irish roots. Although there are more countries that I could have added to my flag, these are the most important to my heritage.”
Read more at Gen Wish List.
Georgia Black Crackers
“The flag I will be carrying to honor my ancestors represents the United States, Mozambique, and Mali. My family has been in the United States for 200+ years. I chose Mozambique and Mali because ancestral DNA results obtained thus far lead me to believe that my ancestors could have possibly come from these regions.”
Read more at Georgia Black Crackers.
“I have created my Heritage Flag, which it huge, over the top, not too creative. The flag represents a migration map for some of my ancestors, who started in Scotland (part of the UK), and Germany, immigrating to Canada. They continued to the United States, where much of my family now resides.”
Read more at Granny’s Genealogy.
Greta’s Genealogy Bog
“The flag carried by HR represents the United States, where she lives, the United Kingdom, where many of her ancestors originated, and Georgia, a country whose language she enthusiastically studies.”
Read more at Greta’s Genealogy Bog.
“Can you see me proudly carrying my flag? I am sharing my Norwegian, Swedish and American Heritage.”
Read more at Heritage Happens.
Ian Hadden’s Family History
“The flag design can be summed up succinctly as “A proud Canadian backed by Scottish roots, married to Germany (my wife’s family).”
Read more at Ian Hadden’s Family History.
Janet the Researcher
“I am a proud Canadian so the Canadian flag is in the upper right corner. Beneath is the flag of Germany to represent my Germanic roots of my Stiver ancestors and the British flag to represent all the rest. If ever I am able to prove that my great-grandfather Dudley had Spanish roots, then I will add the flag of Spain.”
Read more at Janet the Researcher.
John Brown Kin
“My flag represents the three countries that my great great great grandfather John Brown visited during his fight against slavery – America, Canada and England.”
Read more at John Brown Kin.
Karen About Genealogy
“I have designed my flag, which you see there on the right. The flag shows the American flag on top, with the flag of the United Kingdom and a smaller flag of Switzerland, which means that I am an American with mainly British ancestry, and a smattering of Swiss ancestry on my mother’s side.”
Read more at Karen About Genealogy.
“My flag is a little different from the other competitors because I chose not to represent my global connections. My research is focused in the United States thus my flag is mainly made up of “Old Glory”. Those of you with Texas connections will recognize the blue field and “lone star” on the end of my flag. A majority of my family was and is southern so I felt it fitting to use a symbol of the south, the “Bonnie Blue Flag”.”
Read more at Kinfolk News.
“The flag combines the countries of France, Ireland, and the USA. Since two of the three flags are simple blocks of color, I got a little creative! The green represents tradition in Ireland. The blue represents care in France, as well as loyalty in the USA. The stars represent my ancestors, and the red / white pattern signifies the woven traits and experiences of those ancestors that helped make me what I am today.”
Read more at Lincecum Lineage.
“I am representing the country of Walengada. The flag I created at we are multicolored represents my Welsh, English and Canadian Heritage.”
Read more at LOOKING4ANCESTORS.
“You will note the German and Irish flags one atop the other, from which my ancestors came. The red & white stripes of the American flag to the left, representing the original colonies – for which my ancesotrs fought in the American Revolution. Overlapping all are the 50 stars of the American flag, representing the 50 states of the US, and from which people of many nations have come to form a “United” states. “
Read more at Mountain Genealogists.
My Big Fat Cajun/Irish/Scottish/English/ German/French/Southern Family Blog
“Flags representing (upper, my own flag creation) my ancestry as a (primarily) Anglo- (English, Irish, Scots-Irish, Scottish, reportedly Welsh) Franco-American and (lower) the flag of Louisiana Cajuns (I grew up in SW La.), which represents their Acadian heritage and the colonial French and Spanish rulers of Louisiana. If I had my druthers, I’d create a collage with the lower flag in the center & flags of my blog title ancestries surrounding it, but I am graphics-program-challenged and don’t want to waste more time at this, so my two flags will have to do! Use your imagination. :)”
My Colored Roots
“The flag stands for the USA (red white & blue), for Cameroon (yellow green & red with the star) and Nigeria (supposed to be green white green according to Wikipedia and others). Cameroon and Nigeria are both in East Africa.”
Read more at My Colored Roots.
Renee’s Genealogy Blog
“My family is American. My father’s ancestors arrived shortly after the Pilgrims from England. My mother’s ancestors are Palatine Immigrants from Germany and arrived in 1710.”
Read more at Renee’s Genealogy Blog.
stardust ‘n’ roots
“USA flag holding the German flag (my heritage) and the flag of the Sudan to honor Mary Anna Bode, Presbyterian teaching missionary to the Sudan and my Sudanese refugee friends (especially, the Sudanese Presbyterian Church of Omaha, NE. The white space acknowledges that we all need room to grow.”
Read more at stardust ‘n’ roots.
“My heritage is half Italian with the other half English and Scots, maybe a little French as well(?) and I was born and raised in the U.S where my English and Scots forebears came to live and fight in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, WWI, WW2 and Korean War service. I am proud of my heritage!”
Read more at suesgenblog.
The Educated Genealogist
“The top part of the flag represents my Russian heritage, the middle is my Irish heritage and the bottom represents my French heritage.”
Read more at The Educated Genealogist.
The Genealogy Search
“My flag shows my American spirit with German influences from my ancestors.”
Read more at The Genealogy Search.
The Hillmans of Elgin County
“This flag, which also appears to the right, represents the various heritages that have over the years contributed to our family. The Hillman’s are English/Scottish, in my case also Cornish, with a strong American (Pennsylvania Mennonite) presence. And of course I am Canadian.”
Read more at The Hillmans of Elgin County.
The Internet Genealogist
“The flag is made up of three very important flags to me. My heritage quilt above is made up of the US flag which is the flag my allegiance is pledged to. It is also the flag my ancestors wanted to live under and the flag they helped establish and fight for. The next flag is the Italian flag because of my Italian heritage. The Italian flag represents a weird dichotomy for me because it is both the part of my heritage I know the least about and yet also the part of my heritage I most identify with and was raised in. Next is the flag of the United Kingdom because most of my ancestors came from the British Isles. I have Welsh, Scottish, English and Irish ancestors and the flag of the United Kingdom represents all of them. I don’t want to offend any Irish out there, but I lumped my Irish heritage under the flag of the United Kingdom because it was the flag my Irish ancestors lived under (whether they liked it or not).”
Read more at The Internet Genealogist.
The Pieces of My Past
“Here is my flag representing my heritage from the countries of Norway, Great Britain (English and Scots-Irish) and Germany. To make it all fit I rotated the three bars of the German flag to fit vertically on the right rather than their typical horizontal display. I am 25% Norwegian through my maternal grandmother. All of her ancestral lines are from Norway and after they immigrated to the United States, those individuals married others from Norway. I have several lines of English and German descent from the remaining three grandparents. My paternal grandfather’s line is Scots-Irish. And additionally my married name is German.”
Read more at The Pieces of My Past.
The Research Journal
“I will be participating in the games. I am representing a mish mash of nations. Can you guess which? It represents 3 nations: France, the USA, and Portugal. But, really, it represents the fact that my heritage is varied. It takes 7 flags to represent all the places my immigrant ancestors came from. I represent them all.”
Read more at The Research Journal.
The Turning of Generations
“So, I’ve designed my flag which is a combination of the American, New Zealand and Greek flags. American for my country of which I am proud. New Zealand because I really would like to go there some day. Their flag also includes Great Britian which is a country I also am enthralled with. To me the Southern Cross on their flag is calling me to visit the southern hemisphere. Finally, the Greek flag because I visited Greece a few years ago and was drawn in by the ancient history that is everywhere.”
Read more at The Turning of Generations.
Those Who Went Before
Read more at Those Who Went Before.
Read more at Tieking-Stevenson Families.
“The base of my flag is the United States Stars and Stripes. My ancestors came to these shores centuries ago, so the bulk of my research takes place in the United States. The middle layer is the German flag, representing many of my paternal grandmother’s and maternal grandmother’s ancestors. The top layer is the flag of the United Kingdom, representing my Scottish, Irish, and English ancestors.”
Read more at Tonia’s Roots.
Tracing My Roots
“This flag represents my and my heritage. The Dutch flag is in there for my three Dutch grandparents and their ancestors, the German flag is for my German grandfather and his ancestors and the Australian one is because part of my family lives in that country.”
Read more at Tracing My Roots.
“This flag contains elements of the US, Dutch and Israeli flags. The Star of David represents all of my Jewish ancestry, but since the flag is representing my blog as well as myself, I added something Transylvanian – a vampire. The vampire is by Edward Munch, who is better known for “The Scream.””
Read more at Transylvanian Dutch.
Travels With Books
Read more at Travels With Books.
Twig In My Tree
“My flag represents Canada, where I born and raised and the United Kingdom and Ireland representing where my ancestors hail from.”
Read more at Twig In My Tree.
Read more about the events Sheri plans to compete in at TwigTalk.
Wading In the Gene Pool
Read more at Wading In the Gene Pool.
Where I Come From
“This flag is derived from my American, Greek and Irish Heritage.”
Read more at Where I Come From.
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