As Mutt as a Mutt Gets

DSCF2870Christi Perkinson,
Red Wing, MN.

My mom is full blooded German so I’ve always known that I was half German, but the other half was a mystery. My dad’s side is quite the mystery. His Father was born in the south while his Mother was born in Canada. Both sides came over to the U.S. early in the history of the U.S. There were rumors that one of my ancestors came over on the Mayflower, but we never had any documentation.
My aunt on my dad’s side, now retired, has been spending hours of free time compiling a family tree. I now have a glimpse into my heritage, at least a bit. Many of my ancestors came from England, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. I found out that not 1, but 2 ancestors came over on the Mayflower and signed the Mayflower compact. Although I now have a glimpse into my ancestry and heritage, I still only know about 70% of it. Regardless of my ancestry, how I categorize myself in society is not based on where my ancestors came from, but where I am from.
While I had Welsh grey eyes, I don’t identify with European countries. I consider myself a typical Minnesotan, the whole “Minnesota Nice,” “You betcha’”, and “Hot dish” kind of girl.


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