I have been meeting up with my great-aunts and great-uncles over the last few months. It is an enriching experience two fold. First fold: I get to reintegrate parts of my family that have been long cut off from me (near on 18 years in all cases), and I get to meet family members that I’ve never met, or cannot remember meeting because I was a very young child when last we saw. Second fold: I get to learn more about my family history and it reawakens my long-standing interest in my family history. My family history has yielded some very interesting stories that I had no clue of before I spoke with my newly reintegrated family.

I learned more from meeting up with my two great-uncles for short period of time than I had known for the last 10-15 years about my family history. And I get clarification on some stories that I’ve been told as a child. I remember stories my grandma used to tell me about my old family on her side…some that I’m sure I conflated as a child hearing them, others I could only half-remember details of, and some that I have misremembered for not hearing them in fifteen plus years. This weekend I got to learn quite a bit about my family and I got some of those stories straightened out. Continue reading “Ancestors”


German Family

So I’m going to get the chance to meet up with another great-uncle of mine. The family has records in German, and as I’m the only speaker, they’re asking if I can translate for them. I’m beyond excited for this. It’s great to get to a) meet family I haven’t seen and b) use my German language skills.

I don’t think I’ve seen this great-uncle before (or if I have, it was when I was really little). But still, family is family…and I’m glad to get to see him. And time to translate in German for my family is a great chance. Family documents are things that hold deep fascination for me, and I’m very excited to get a chance to spend time going over old family records. I might even get more information on where all my family comes from. Because there is a lot I don’t know. And speaking with my older kin folk is bound to provide me with information that I didn’t have before now.

So it’s more stuff I’ll get to learn on the family home front and where my family comes from.

Learning about Family Heritage

I met up with my great-uncle and great-aunt about 3 weeks ago. I hadn’t seen them in 17 years. Actually, the last time I saw them was at my great-grandma’s funeral (his mother). But I’m extremely glad that I met up with them. They’re super cool and really know a lot of things about my family history that I had never heard of before.

Czech FlagFor example: I am probably not Russian. My grandpa, my great-uncle’s younger brother, was never really interested in the family history. So when I was a girl scout way back when, and I had a family heritage project, where we had to find out what countries our family came from…my grandpa told me Russian. Which is not actually true. Continue reading “Learning about Family Heritage”

Family Clan

Family Clan

One would think that my sister would know more about this than I do. After all, she’s the one who does the Highland Dance, plays bass drum in the Pipe Band…and hangs out with the bagpipers at all times. Sure, my high school was the Highlanders (pretty awesome, of course), but I wasn’t involved in any of the ultra-Scottish heritage activities. I just never had any time for them, not after all the band activities that I was already in. Continue reading “Family Clan”


So, as promised: the reasoning behind my odd mix of interests, and my blog’s name as well I think.

My family is predominantly eastern/central European in heritage. Russian, Polish, Czech, and German. Now, I count the German in this and not ‘western’ Europe because from all the family stories, and from what I know of my family history, it’s likely that my family from the German side were living in the very farthest east regions, well before it was “Germany”, supposedly late 1800s from Germany to the States (that’s a rumor and so a bit unprovable). I’m sure that probably additional research would show someone along the line in the German part of my family’s history that lived in the more western reaches of what we call Germany now, but most came from farther east. Actually, my family name is Czech, so that’s a dead giveaway there. The other part of the heritage is Celtic. Irish/Scottish and Welsh/English. Pretty much I know, according to a cousin’s research which Scottish clan my family descends from, that my family left Ireland before my great-great-grandparents’ time, and that my grandma was 1/2 Welsh, but supposedly one of her parents had a hint of English blood. Continue reading “Heritage”


And by soon I mean either tomorrow or Sunday, I’m going to write up why my name on here is Gamayun. Good story, and fun too, or at least i think so. I’m also going to put up a piece explaining why exactly I’m looking into my own heritage, and how it’s really a bit bizarre as to what I’m drawn to. So that’s what’s up on the agenda for tomorrow or so, once I’ve gotten more work done on real-life, mundane university Hausarbeit that’s due at the end of the month.