One of the things I really love to do is find ways to visualize data. I do this for mundane things in my everyday life, and this compulsion has carried over to my work in genealogy. Recently I decided to make a table of my ancestral origins. This is the result:
|Italy||Calabria||Gioiosa Ionica||Loccisano, Sfara||Vincent Loccisano||1939||25.0%|
|Italy||Calabria||Cardinale||De Fazio, Rotiroti||Elizabeth De Fazio||1926||25.0%|
|Germany||Hesse||Angersbach||Miller/Möller, Eifert||Conrad Miller & Maria Eifert||1882-1887||12.5%|
|Germany||Prussia, Posen||Pogorzela||Pritz, Zuelke||Louis Pritz||1892||12.5%|
|United States||NJ/PA||Phillipsburg/ Easton||Sauder, Barnett||5.5%|
|United States||PA||North Whitehall||Mertz, Boyer, Klotz||4.7%|
|United States||PA||Lynn||Schmidt, unk.||3.5%|
|Germany||Palatinate||Dielkirchen||Benner, Stoller||Valentine Benner||1856||3.1%|
|Germany||Trittenbach/ Drittenbach||Johann Michael Drittenbach||1749||0.8%|
|Germany||Alsace||Oberbetchdorf||Kressley/ Grässel||Jacob Grässel||1754||0.4%|
My goal here was to account for every immigration event in my family tree, and to determine the percentage of my ancestry tied to each event. Of course I couldn't pin down every immigrant, so I simply listed the U.S. region of the relevant family branch.
So I am 50% Italian. I've traced about 35% of my ancestors to Germany, or at least to areas that were culturally German, via nine separate immigration events, which I think is amazing. The remaining 15% of my heritage is unaccounted for, but based on last names and locations in eastern Pa., I suspect it is mostly German as well.