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Are you British? Where are you from? Where does an American get off writing about British history?


If you haven't already figured it out by reading the question -- no, I'm not British. I have spent several wonderful vacations there though!

I was born and raised and still currently reside in Texas. I'm now in Austin which has been my hometown since 1980.

Okay, so now for the last question. As I stated on the index page, yes, I really do get this question sometimes. The first time, I was a little perplexed! I have gotten the impression occasionally that some people are actually offended that an American would have such a big site talking about British history. I find this notion a bit odd, to say the least. I've come across Brits that are fanatics about the American Civil War, and it certainly doesn't bother me. In fact, I think it's pretty cool!

My usual response though has been: In that time period, most of my ancestors *were* British. Or more accurately English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh. So it really is "my" history just as much as it is that of anyone who currently lives there. Although I still have lots of genealogy left to do, I have tenatively tracked down some of my Norris line (through a great-great-grandmother) to Norfolk in Tudor times, for example. I'd still like to figure out if I'm somehow related to the Norris that went to the block with the fall of Anne Boleyn... but I digress.