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A family from everywhere makes Lincoln home

By Ky Venney Both sides of my family crossed an ocean to come to the United States. Much of each family’s history has been lost or forgotten over time, but the fortitude of my grandparents ensured that a new American saga would begin. My maternal grandfather’s family...

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Despite rocky past, Eickholt family future looks golden

While the past history of the Eickholt family isn't well documented, it’s safe to say that the family hasn't had the best of luck with money. On July 15, 1945, Richard Eickholt was the seventh child born to Martha and Eugene Eickholt in Sioux City, Iowa. Martha...

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Storytelling family survives Shakespearean-like feuds

By Cheyenne Rowe I come from a family of storytellers. I can say this confidently because I got three different versions of the same story when I asked where I came from. What follows is by far the most creative compilation of events; the jury is still out on its...

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Family has deep roots in South Dakota town

By Nicole Eisenbraun The Eisenbrauns have been near — and later in — Wall, South Dakota, for about as long as the small western town has existed. Wall was established as a railroad town for the Chicago and North Western Railroad system in 1907. The town name came from...

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Born in the U.S., but Mexico is where my heart is

When I was 15, my father sat my brothers and me down to tell us his life story. My father is from San Jose Iturbide, located in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. The story of my father and grandmother’s lives is an unfortunate one. My grandmother, Nicerata Olvera, was...

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Ancestors preserve English heritage through tea

By Sarah Berger Growing up, my grandparent’s house fascinated me. Everything from the silver artifacts around the house to the family photo albums filling multiple shelves provided hours of entertainment for my growing, curious mind. It was almost like my own,...

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Family Remembers History in Old Barn

By Cahner Olson On my mom's side of the family, I am the fourth descendant of Norwegian immigrants. Eli Olson, who would be my great-great-grandfather, arrived in Iowa in 1876 when he was just 2. We don't know the reason for his immigration, but we do know he came at...

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From religious persecution to American freedom

By Jessica Levtsenyuk I remember being 8 years old and visiting my paternal grandparents at their Sacramento, California, home, with the  walls covered with symbols of their Christian faith and their Bibles well kept. If the decor wasn’t a dead giveaway that religion...

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2 different ancestors; 2 similar stories of hope

By Annie Albin The story of my immigrant history begins with two of my ancestors from two different sides of my family, both on boats to America and both hoping no one found them. One of those ancestors was Nick Delahamet, who would become my maternal...

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Norwegian Opera Singer Sought Broadway Fame

 By Katie Knight Christian Christiansen had big American dreams. It wasn’t the American Dream — he had no desire to own his own plot of land and farm it or to raise cattle and work his way up through the social ladder. His dreams were far more expansive and a little...

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Broda finds sweet opportunity across the ocean

By Danny Burke The early 1900s in Warsaw, Poland, were tough times. Frank Broda knew that firsthand. As a kid growing up in a small village, there wasn’t much to do or look forward to during these aggravating years. Broda, who would eventually become my...

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Family fled in pursuit of religious freedom

By Sarah Troyer Persecuted for their religious beliefs, my ancestors fled their home country. Hundreds of years later, my family found themselves still rooted in their faith. Michael and Magdalena Troyer were among many Mennonites who escaped Switzerland in the 1740s...

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