Can We Guess Your Ancestral Roots?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

Can We Guess Your Ancestral Roots?
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About This Quiz

We're going to go ahead and assume that you know where you and your family came from. Do you think we'll be able to guess by the answers that you give us? Take a look at these questions about your family, your family's beliefs and traditions, and the things you know about your history, and we'll take our best guess.

Cultures around the world have unique customs. Whether you realize it or not, many of them are still being practiced in your everyday life. You might not be out catching your own Norwegian herring. You might be observing a religious tradition that your African ancestors started. Once you tell us about the things your family does and about the traits you collectively possess, we are sure we'll be able to nail down the region of the world that gave life to your family tree. 

As you go through this quiz, try to answer as honestly as you can. When you get to the end, we'll add up everything that you've told us. We'll compare the traits found in your answers, and we'll let you know where we think your family's lives all began. Do you think we'll be able to get it right? Or should we mark future genealogist off of our skills list? You be the judge! 

Q 01 Photos In your family, which of these things has been passed from generation to generation?
Photos
Looks
Recipes
Money

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Q 02 More than one language Did you grow up speaking more than one language?
I know a few phrases in another language.
I am bilingual.
I speak more than two languages.
I only know one language.

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Q 03 Family reunion If you held a family reunion, how big would the venue need to be?
A nice restaurant is big enough.
We would need a resort!
A large park could hold us.
It could be held at one of our houses.

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Q 04 Last name origin Have you been able to trace your last name back to its origin?
We've managed to find the region, but not the exact place.
That's easy. Some of us still live there.
We know the country, but that's about it.
We've traced it all the way back to where it began.

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Q 05 Large extended family Do you have a large extended family?
I have a large immediate family.
My family considers everyone a family member.
We tend to keep things small.
It's bigger than some of my friend's families.

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Q 06 Call grandfather figure When you were growing up, what did you call your grandfather figure?
Pappy
Grandpa
Pops
Papa

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Q 07 Valentine's day Which of these holidays is traditionally a big deal in your family?
Christmas
Easter
New Year's Day
Valentine's Day

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Q 08 DNA tests Would you like to take one of those at-home DNA tests?
I have, and it was surprising!
I would love to do that.
I don't need to take a test.
I took one, but it backed up what I already knew.

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Q 09 Famous people in family tree Are there any famous people on your family tree?
We're really proud of my cousin.
No, but I met a famous person once.
There's a fisherman on a television show.
There are a few of them!

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Q 10 Ancestors time period If you could see your ancestors during any time period, which one would you choose?
The Wild West would have been nice to see.
I like where we are now.
The Victorian Era has always fascinated me.
There was a revolutionary period I would have like to witness.

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Q 11 Specialized restaurant Are there lots of restaurants that specialize in the food you grew up eating?
There are tons of them!
There's definitely a demand for more.
They aren't usually called restaurants.
I can't really think of any.

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Q 12 Special day to celebrate heritage Is there a special day dedicated to celebrating your family's heritage?
I don't think so.
There's a popular day to celebrate it.
There's more than one day!
Yes, and there's a parade!

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Q 13 Immigration Do you have any idea how your ancestors ended up here?
There are stories, but I don't know if they are true.
We're still trying to find that out.
Yes, it didn't happen that long ago.
There are rumors, but nothing verifiable.

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Q 14 Region of the country settled Which region of the country did your great-great-great-grandparents settle?
The Midwest
The South
The Northeast
The Southwest

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Q 15 Spell your last name Do you always have to spell out your last name for other people?
It happens once in a while.
Not usually
All the time!
If I don't, they usually misspell it.

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Q 16 Expensive cheese Which of these foods might be found on your plate during the holidays?
Sausage
Rice
Fish
Expensive cheese

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Q 17 Value drilled into you Out of these values, which one was drilled into you as a kid?
Work ethic
Integrity
Honor
Honesty

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Q 18 Prominent physical features Are there any prominent physical features in your immediate family?
We are around the same height.
You can tell that we're siblings.
A lot of us have freckles.
Blue eyes are a big thing.

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Q 19 Travel to any country If you could travel to any country, which one would you choose?
Austria
Wales
Finland
Italy

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Q 20 Devoutly religious family Do you come from a devoutly religious family?
A lot of my older relatives are religious.
You bet!
We're religious, but we're not that strict.
My family really isn't all that religious.

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Q 21 Grandmother advice Which of your family members do you turn to when you need advice?
My grandmother
My mom or dad
My sibling
My crazy aunt or uncle

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Q 22 Veterans How many veterans are there in your family?
A few
More than I can count
We only have a couple.
There are not many recent ones. There were more in my grandparents' generation.

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Q 23 Construction workers Which one of these occupations might we find in your known family history?
Lawyers
Chefs
Military members
Construction workers

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Q 24 Great great aunts Do you know any of your great, great aunts' names?
I remember one of them.
They are still with us.
I wish I did.
I have never met them.

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Q 25 Strict upbringing Would you say that you had a strict upbringing?
It was fairly progressive and laidback.
My mom was a lot stricter than my dad.
It was very strict!
My parents were strict about some things.

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Q 26 Superstitions Do you have any weird superstitions in your family?
I don't think so.
You have to throw salt over your shoulder if you spill it.
You should have a silver coin in your New Year's cabbage.
We don't believe in superstitions.

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Q 27 Australia Are you naturally more drawn to Europe, South America or another part of the world?
I would love to visit Europe.
I feel drawn to South America.
It would be cool to visit Australia.
I've always wanted to go to Africa.

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Q 28 Traditional dance Can you perform any of the dances that your family considers traditional?
I can do some of the steps.
Yes. I learned them when I was a kid.
I'm not sure we have a traditional dance.
We consider things like food more of a tradition.

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Q 29 Research your roots How many times have you tried to research your roots?
Countless times!
I really should try it.
One of my relatives took care of that.
I've followed a couple of leads.

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Q 30 Famous food Are you ancestors famous for anything you can think of?
Food
Temperament
Sailing
High culture

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