My Family Heritage

 
 

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

St. Patrick's Day is an Irish holiday and people who have Irish heritage celebrate in full force every year on March 17. I'm not Irish myself, but I do enjoy how festive everyone gets for this holiday. I mainly participate by wearing green so I don't get pinched! 

As St. Patrick's Day was approaching this year, I began thinking of my own family heritage and where I come from. From what I know through research and speaking with family members, my family background is mainly German and Russian. I believe that there is a little bit of Polish, English and maybe some French mixed in there as well. 

A few years ago for spring break, my family and I went to Salt Lake City for a ski trip. While we were in SLC, we checked out the downtown area and walked around the Salt Lake Temple. If you've never been to Salt Lake City, Temple Square is absolutely beautiful. It was so fun to explore the grounds. While we were walking around, we entered the Family History Library. We didn't know what to expect when we entered the library, but we were pleasantly surprised. There was a computer lab in the library and lots of volunteers were standing by ready to help us look into family records on FamilySearch.org. This website has free resources to help you to look into your genealogy. 

Salt Lake Temple

Salt Lake Temple

Temple square 

Temple square 

During our time at the library, we were able to uncover some really cool things about our family that we never knew. We learned that my grandpa was born in Russia and that his birth name differed from the name that we knew him as. We also found more information on distant relatives. We were able to really fill in some gaps on our family tree. It was such a cool experience and really made us interested in learning more about where our family came from. 

As I mentioned, I have a big German background. I have been lucky enough to travel to Germany three times. If you read my Get to Know Me from A to Z post, you know that Munich is my absolute favorite city in the world. During my trips to Germany, I was exposed to different parts of German culture covering everything from food to fashion and music.

 
 

I can tell you that my favorite German dish is spaetzle. It's a soft egg noodle with cheese. It almost tastes like macaroni and cheese, but not quite. I'm also a fan of spezi, which is cola and orange soda mixed together. It sounds weird, but it actually tastes pretty good. And don't get me started on warm apple dumplings. Delicious! 

Spaetzel from Chinesischer Turm - a popular biergarten in Munich, germany

Spaetzel from Chinesischer Turm - a popular biergarten in Munich, germany

A traditional german soft pretzel and spezi - a cola and orange soda mixture

A traditional german soft pretzel and spezi - a cola and orange soda mixture

If you ever have the opportunity, I highly recommend looking into your family's heritage. You can learn so many things and it is honestly so neat to connect the dots and find out who you're related to and how. Now that I'm married, I'm really interested in learning more about my husband's nationality and how his family tree is structured. 

How about you? What is your family heritage/nationality? Let me know in the comment section below!