Edit-Title changed on me for some reason.
So I found this found this meme and thought it would be fun and maybe help me out with drawing. The meme is made by
and the blank meme can be found here ajnosftw.deviantart.com/art/He…
The rules said to add the flags so people don't get confused (which is probably for the best instead of writing it. As you can see, my penmanship is terrible). The only exception is Mexica as he doesn't have a flag, so I added the Aztec Calendar instead. I wanted to include something from my Native ancestry as it is a big part of me and needs recognition. I think I got Mexica's eyes. Also I have a birthmark near one of my eyes. I definitely didn't anyone's height though (I am the tiny one, not even reaching 5'. Why couldn't I have been at least an inch taller?).
Also my shirt in here is based off one of my favorite navy blue sweatshirts. It said San Diego Dive Co. and the shape of the turtle is actually made up of two dolphins.
Some people can trace their family back to one place, going back hundreds of years. Mine liked to invade other's vital regions apparently
(sorry, they said to make jokes, saw the opportunity and went for it. Only Hetalia fans would probably get it. Reality though was probably horrible for some).
O.k., so I am a Latina living in the U.S. (even though sometimes I am embarrassed by that). Like many, if not most Latinos (we are diverse too, which is why I didn't say all), I am mixed. Many times Latinos would be mixed with Native American, European and African. For the chart, I combined my DNA results and family records I was able to get a hold of off Ancestry and what I have been told to make this as accurate as possible. I had a huge help from two close cousins who had records for some family that I didn't have and was able to start putting more pieces together.
It started earlier this year when I was forced on a long 16 hour road trip during the summer on my birthday to go to this family reunion (it was one of my dad's sister's birthday too....I never knew her birthday was the day before mine). It made me realize just how little I knew some of family as I rarely see them. So I used some birthday money to sign up on Ancestry and get a DNA tests and look for some records. My results here-
Crazy right? I am just getting started. Sit back down , let me tell you a tale, where....opps, wrong story (if anyone gets the song reference gets a virtual cookie as I can't send real ones over).
Seriosuly though, I will do my best to try and explain some things.
Starting on my father's side. He is a Latino/Hispanic. I traced family back from Mexico (where my grandpa's family is from. Durango and Michoacán. Some live in Mexico City, Zacatecas, Chihuahua, etc...as well), Colombia (fourth great grandfather, who later ended up in Mexico), Puerto Rico and Argentina, etc....GEDmatch seems think that my closest matches to any country is either Colombia, Brazil or Puerto Rico.
So basically my family is Native American, Spanish, Spanish, Italian (mostly from North Italy), Africa (North Africa...probably Morocco? and Mali which I believe is in West Africa), more Spanish, Irish that my great grandmother mistaken as German (my second cousin, which is my dad's first cousin, helped confirmed some info)...and even more Spanish. My surname originated from the Northern part of Spain and has an interesting tale to it.
Thanks to records, I was able to pin point some locations of Spain going a bit aways-(Galicia, Asturias, Castile and León, Canary Islands which was not named after the birds by the way, Valencia, Toledo, Andalusia, Madrid, etc...pretty much all over).
I really hope Hetalia starts showing Mexico and Latin America as a whole as there is so much history, cultural influences, etc...Heck, there is the whole Pastry War (yes, you heard that right). Plus did you know the word for Tomato came from the Nahuatl word tomatl which means swelling fruit. Chocolate also come from Mexico I think and sunflowers, Potatoes came from the Andes, etc....
Actually a lot of countries are sort of ignored at the moment.
So my great grandmother is said to be part Mexica (also known as Aztecs...and no, not all died off. Some survived. Also where the the name Mexico comes from as Mexico City is where Tenochtitlan once stood). Actually many people in my family and others claim that she actually a descendant of Moctezuma, actually can find articles where people think certain families from Mexico are (her surname is Acosta)-
Whether it is true or not, I don't know but multiple people had said this. Either way, it is worth checking out.
My great grandfather is most likely Purepecha.
Now my grandmother. Her family had roots in New Mexico as well as Mexico as well going way back. She is related to one of the original founding families of Las Trampas (which is between Taos and Santa Fe). She has ties to Arguello and Brito family. I don't really know too much more as she died before I was born. She is said to have Pueblo (New Mexico) and Tlaxcalan (another Nahua tribe). Possible Portuguese, Italian, etc....
Now to my mom's side, a side I didn't know much about until now-
So my grandfather-His mother came from the Netherlands (records said her last name was Hall, spoke Dutch and English, from Holland and her status was Naturalized). His father was said to be Scottish. I don't know much as my grandfather was given up for adoption when he was younger (and he is also dead now).
This where things start to get really interesting. So she is related to the Mummey and Spicer family on her father's side. Her mother's side is German.
So with Spicer. The Story starts with Jonathan/John Spicer. He originally came from Hull Yorkshire England and came over to help fight during the Revolutionary War. The story goes he was appalled when he saw some of the British soldiers burning down people's houses and he ended up switching sides (he may have been honored as well). After the war, he went to see one of the family's whose house was burned down and married their daughter. It was said that the family was originally from Wales. Technically if me and my mother wanted to, we can join the Daughters of the American Revolution.
It was who their children and grandchildren marry later one that makes my family even more diverse.
Going down the line, I found lots of German, Scottish, Irish, English, Welsh, Portuguese, French more Spanish and Italian, etc... (which I did not know about until recently. Apparently my mother is related to Mary Tudor who has ties to the Medici family as well as Ferdinand the II, Isabella, etc...(from Delilah Wilson's side. She was married to Benjamin Spicer who would be my fourth great grandfather, who was Jonathan's grandson).
Places I traced back to-Italy (Lazio and Tuscany), Germany (Ansbach, Bavaria, Brandenburg, etc...some from Prussia back before it dissolved and became part of Poland and various other countries now), Scotland (Dunfermline, Orkney,edinburgh ), Ireland (Shannon, Leinster, Munster, etc...), Västergötland (Sweden), Norway (Oslo), Portugal (Lisboa/Lisbon), Russia, etc....
Also apparently I am related to Rollo the Viking. >>
Assuming this is correct, I sure got uh an interesting family. I blame my cousins if this is wrong, I got the records from them (though my father had been helping me check some info for accuracy as that is important to him as well as doing research). I am a little mixed but 100% awesome
In case you are wondering, people often think my mom is Scandinavian or Russian (which isn't completely incorrect though) and my dad gets mistaken for Japanese/Asian and one time someone thought he was Egyptian. Apparently Latinos being mistaken as Chinese, Japanese, etc...is not uncommon (Latino problems...get mistaken for everyone else).
I found a very fitting song for this-
"Put your flags up in the sky (put them in the sky)And wave them side to side (side to side)Show the world where you're from(show them where you're from)Show the world we are one (one love, life)"
Hetalia by Hidekaz Himaruya
Meme by Art and a few designs for non-canon characters by