How is national identity determined when political borders change?
February 11, 2014 7:21 PM Subscribe
I always thought my maternal great-grandparents were Austrian. Maybe they are not?
posted by JoannaC to Grab Bag (32 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
We recently found some papers my grandfather had kept relating to the arrival of our family in Canada. I previously had been told that Grandpa's parents were Polish and Grandma's parents were Austrian. It turns out from these papers that Grandma's parents were from a place that WAS Austria at the time, but is now part of Poland. So...what does that mean exactly? Can my mom say she is 100% Polish now or does the fact that at the time it was Austria mean they are Austrian even if that would no longer be true?
I am curious because my significant other is 100% Polish, and of course it doesn't matter to him at all what my ancestry is in this regard (actually, he is more impressed that I actually know the names of people that far back since most of his family history was lost in the war). But I am curious just how 'Polish' I might be. If we had kids, would they be considered 100% Polish ancestry, or is the detail that is wasn't Poland at the time negate that?