My heritage is of the north sea. European history includes settlement on the European coast in the year 1,000 BC which includes the North American coast going back thousands of years. The people of the North Sea were violently pushed off North America. The Clovis people are of unknown origin, possibly as the Soutrean hypothesis suggests they were also from Europe. The point of course an entire continent will tend to be a multi-cultural place even thousands of years ago.
My fathers family: Mennonite history
You can find my fathers family history here. They were Russian Mennonites who migrated from Frisia to the Vistuala delta in what is now Poland, from there they went to the Ukraine, invited by Catherine the great. At the time of the Russian revolution they fled the Ukraine for the Canadian Praries. They were violently persecuted for the Anabaptist beliefs they held as Mennonites and experienced centuries of persecution by the Roman Catholic Church
My Mothers family: Huguenot History
My mothers family were Huguenot from France, they were also violently persecuted by the Roman Catholic church. Key events in Huguenot history include the following events
1533 – John Calvin flees Paris.
1550’s – Calvinism comes to France.
1559 – First Huguenot meetings in Paris.
1560 – Huguenots petition king to end persecution.
1562 – Massacre at Vassy begins the French religious wars
1565 – Huguenot massacre St. John, Florida by Pedro Menendez
1585 – Huguenots ordered expelled from France
1593 – Huguenot Henry IV converts to Catholicism to gain the throne
1598 – Edict of Nantes promises protection to Huguenots
1685 – Revocation of the Edict of Nantes leaves Huguenots defenseless; 400,000 flee
You can find my mothers history here
Down Syndrome; My sisters Genocide
You can find my little sisters history here. She was taken from our family and died in a Canadian residential school.