md0 wrote:Personally, I would feel that 3 generations in a place is as good as having been there forever.
I'd say four generations, meaning your great-grandparents immigrated to the country you live in (or grandparents as very young children, before they were able to form proper long-term memories of their country of origin), because then you don't have ancestors who can tell you about that place.
Meanwhile I don't even know the names of my great-grandparents nor I ever bothered to ask and find out
Is this kind of family history a niche hobby or is my family the weird one out?
I know the names of the two great-grandparents I can remember (even though for one of them those memories are mainly of her in a hospital bed), and of the grandparent who died before I was born. I know one of my great-great-(great?)-grandparents was a foundling, and her name as well. (I also don't know or care about any second cousins and the like).
Lur wrote:I always say that Spain is younger than the US wether you count at the creation of the Kingdom of Spain or the 1978 Constitution.
And that's in the assimilationist perspective. In the non-assimilationist perspective... well... while not the same for all peoples at all, it's still a lot more.
Exactly. I was also thinking of all those ex-colonies, ex-Soviet states, etc. that became independent during the twentieth century.