I'm Polish and Gypsy... but being first gen american, my background has always been rather mysterious... I was raised like a regular Polish-American girl mostly by my dad's side of the family... and they have very beautiful polish features (blondes, gray and green eyes) and I'm pretty but always felt like the ugly duckling because I have black hair and black eyes and a very oval face. They always call me gypsy girl and my dad always tells people he's not sure if I'm his daughter. When I dyed my hair blonde, I get compliments like "ohh you finally look like one of us!" "You are a Polish Princess now!"
When I started to get really antsy about all this (I was like 15) my mom started telling me all these family stories about my great-grandmother the gypsy and how she ran away to marry a pole, even with 2 kids from a ypsy but I don't know who my actual great-grandfather was. My grandma had a very exotic look, like full gypsy and I'm always told I look like her. She married an American.
I never really knew anything about romany though, but researching.. I start to make sense, and it's quite clear that it is in my roots!