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A family of farmers makes a claim in a new land

By Anna Dubas In 1870, almost 50 percent of the United States population was employed in agriculture. With that in mind, my ancestors, Andrew Dubas and his wife, Agnes Podraza, decided to leave their homeland of Pilzno, Poland, and head to America in hopes of farming...

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“Where are you from?” — the long answer

By Lindsey Yoneda “Where are you from?” That’s the million-dollar question I’ve been getting for 22 years. “I’m from Omaha,” I’d answer. “No but where are you really from?” With my olive skin, almond eyes, thick dark hair and ambiguous last name, it turns into a sort...

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Independent women highlight my family’s story

As someone who loves history and learning about the past, I am constantly in search of where I came from and why I am the person I am today. I quickly learned that there isn’t much information on my ancestors and why they immigrated into the United States. But I do...

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Irish Descendants Make Roots In Downtown Lincoln

As Lincoln has changed dramatically over the years, I still see the framework left from a city that has made my family history into something special, where even a walk down one of our busy downtown streets can feel like I’m stepping into a family photo album.

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Royal Ancestry Reveals Strong-willed Women

By Utami Diah Kusumawati I learned from my family that strong-willed and influential women of our royal ancestry had great roles in creating the history of my country, Indonesia. I remember the day I first learned about this heritage from my father,  Raden Untung...

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A Eurasian Who Has Never Been To Europe

By Patricia Nangkal Although I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, I knew growing up I was not like my peers. No one looked like me or was familiar with the meals my family ate such as, Pad Thai or Paella. No one could figure out my diverse ethnic make-up while I...

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Family German heritage preserved in material artifacts

By Alexa Horn My great-great-great-grandfather branded his free-roaming livestock with the monogram “JL.” While Johann Leitow marked his cattle, the United States marked him with the name “John Leitem.” The land office had misspelled his last name as “Leitem” on his...

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Globalization runs in my family

By Natasya Ong Being a fourth-generation Malaysian, I am blessed to be born and raised in a culturally rich country. Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian culture, and I have two cultures running in my blood because my father is...

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Escaping famine, seeking the American dream

By Jason McCoy Little is known about my family’s history and arrival to the United States, which is compounded by the contradictions my father, Larry Croghan, has discovered in the stories told by my grandfather, Jim Croghan. My legal name is Jason McCoy because I was...

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