Can We Guess Your Ancestral Roots?

LIFESTYLE

By: Teresa McGlothlin

5 Min Quiz

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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! 

In your family, which of these things has been passed from generation to generation?

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Did you grow up speaking more than one language?

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If you held a family reunion, how big would the venue need to be?

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Have you been able to trace your last name back to its origin?

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Do you have a large extended family?

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When you were growing up, what did you call your grandfather figure?

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Which of these holidays is traditionally a big deal in your family?

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Would you like to take one of those at-home DNA tests?

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Are there any famous people on your family tree?

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If you could see your ancestors during any time period, which one would you choose?

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Are there lots of restaurants that specialize in the food you grew up eating?

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Is there a special day dedicated to celebrating your family's heritage?

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Do you have any idea how your ancestors ended up here?

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Which region of the country did your great-great-great-grandparents settle?

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Do you always have to spell out your last name for other people?

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Which of these foods might be found on your plate during the holidays?

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Out of these values, which one was drilled into you as a kid?

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Are there any prominent physical features in your immediate family?

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If you could travel to any country, which one would you choose?

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Do you come from a devoutly religious family?

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Which of your family members do you turn to when you need advice?

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How many veterans are there in your family?

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Which one of these occupations might we find in your known family history?

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Do you know any of your great, great aunts' names?

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Would you say that you had a strict upbringing?

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Do you have any weird superstitions in your family?

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Are you naturally more drawn to Europe, South America or another part of the world?

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Can you perform any of the dances that your family considers traditional?

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How many times have you tried to research your roots?

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Are you ancestors famous for anything you can think of?

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