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  •  All grandparents and my great-grandmother. (15+ / 0-)

    My great grandmother was born when Benjamin Harrison was president, and she lived until 1985.  She died when I was in law school, so I knew her well.

    She told me a lot of stories about my German ancestors.  Her parents immigrated to New Orleans from Germany in the late 1800s, and she and her sisters spoke only German (or more precisely, Swabian) until they started school.  Interestingly, my great grandmother taught us a lot of German words when we were kids, and when I worked briefly in Germany, I got a lot of laughs when I used some of the words I'd learned from her.  Apparently, some of them were purely Swabian dialect and were not considered correct High German.  My German boyfriend could always tell whether I'd learned a word from my great grandmother or had learned it in school.

    My mother has lots of old photos of our ancestors, and both my parents and grandparents have furnished me with plenty of stories about them.  In that sense, I feel like I know my ancestors pretty well, although from some of the stories, I'm pretty glad I didn't ever get to meet some of them in person.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:09:16 AM PDT

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