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Swedish Ancestors Create A New Life

By Matthew Walsh My family’s immigration story starts with Emma Callstrom, the first in my family to immigrate to America and start a new life. Her family worked in agriculture in the southern farmlands of Sweden in a town called Jönköping. Emma was born on Nov. 2,...

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A new chapter in family’s long, rural history

By Drew Preston Unlike our parents, my younger brother and sister and I have always thought of ourselves as Nebraskans. Tim Preston and Terri Allen met when they were in college. They were one year apart at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. They were married...

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Escaping the Bosnian war for “the good life”

By Hana Muslic I left the city I was born in at 11 months old, hidden in a car seat covered by jackets and a bulletproof vest. “Our story is really a fascinating one,” said my mother, Amila Tanovic-Muslic. My family came to Lincoln, Nebraska, as refugees from...

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My German heritage roots go deep

By Allan Christensen A person’s lineage is often easily broken into little fractional pieces.  Each person made up of two family trees intertwining.  Halves break into quarters and then eighths and further on into fractions much harder to say.  As they get smaller,...

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German ancestors immigrated for religious freedom

By Zach Worthington My family emigrated from Germany to the United States for religious freedom. That's according to my mother, who, as the youngest child in her family took it upon herself to keep detailed records of the family’s ancestral tree. My family is mostly...

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A family history rooted in Millard

By Andy Vipond My ancestors have left many marks in Nebraska. The land that is now Millard, Nebraska, was once owned by my ancestors. A general store in Clarkson, Nebraska, that opened in the 1900s is still being operated today by descendants. My ancestors immigrated...

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New beginnings and strange substances

By Madeline Christensen As a child, I didn’t know much about my ancestry except for a dusty ceramic mug that sat on a shelf in my grandparents’ kitchen. It was emblazoned with big red block letters: “You can always tell a Dane, but you can’t tell him much.” Fittingly,...

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My Nebraska roots go back 150 years

By Nate Becwar My family’s history is ingrained in the history of Nebraska. After all, there has been a Becwar living here since its admission to the Union in 1867. My mother’s side (mostly German) and my father’s side (mostly Czech) both came to America after the...

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My Family’s Abandoned Heritage

By Jason Shaneyfelt When it comes to my family’s ancestry, it’s a bit of a mystery. I’ve found that my family is not unique in that regard. With immigration and refugees being such controversial topics in the world today, it seems my family is not the only American...

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Polish heritage provides sense of identity

By Cassie Kernick Growing up, my mother was always fine. Not because growing up on a little farm in Nebraska as one of eight children was easy, because it wasn’t. But because “fine” was the only way to she knew how to respond to the question “How are you?” in Polish....

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My family’s strength perseveres through generations

By Madison Wurtele Four years ago, at my grandmother’s funeral, her youngest sister stopped and stared at me intently long enough to make me feel uncomfortable. “I can’t believe how much she looks like my mother did,” she said to my mom as if I weren’t in the room....

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My family history is built on uncertainties

By Mekenzie Kerr My mother, Laurie Kerr, is the daughter of Roger Edward and Bette Wilson Dodrill. My father, Scott Kerr, is the son of Claude and Mildred Killam Kerr. Both of my parents know the names of their great-grandparents. These are the only facts I am certain...

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