When I stand up to speak at conferences or on training days, I often open with the fact that my Ancestors come from Dorset in the south west of England. This is not entirely true, some come from Wiltshire and some from Devon, but the vast majority come from the south and west of Dorset, mostly clustered around Bridport and Dorchester.
I always feel I belong to that area, despite having been born and brought up in Somerset when my parents moved to the tiny hamlet of Stembridge in 1961. I suspect that is because all of their friends remained in Dorset, so childhood weekends often involved returning to Sydling St Nicolas or other of the villages whose names occur regularly in my tree, I feel tied to the county.
I recently plotted all the events of my Ancestors lives (at least the ones I know about) and with the exception of the time my Mother spent at Teacher training college and my paternal grandfather spent in the Dorset regiment, the dots on the map show all the events going back at least 7 generations on all lines.
So when they are “Who Do You Think You Are”, I can answer, “I am a West Country Girl”.