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Running from anti-Semitism in search of freedom

By Bree Samani A wave of anti-Semitism and violence against Jews flooded Russia in the late 1800s and led to the murders of my ancestors, Reuben and Mira Kuklin. Reuben was an Orthodox rabbi and left behind his four daughters, who fled to safety in present-day Baku,...

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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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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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