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February 4, 2001 | MIKE ANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a relative told Marjorie Sholes-Higgins of her grandfather's vast family, she decided it was time to explore her past and dig deeply into her African American roots. Sixteen years and 1,379 relatives later, she is amazed at the complexity of what she found. It is both an epic tale that unfolds on three continents and a personal story of struggle and survival. "All that from one man," she said.
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May 28, 2001 | CHING-CHING NI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long before there was the census in China, there were the genealogy records. Every family had one, from the emperor to the poorest peasant. Like time capsules, these private archives captured vital statistics about the life and times of a family's ancestors. After the Communists took over in 1949, tens of thousands of these family dossiers were destroyed as vestiges of a backward-looking feudal society. Now China's most modern city is racing to rescue what's left of these ancient manuscripts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1999 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than most people, Roman Rakover is aware of the hole, torn by the Nazis, in the fabric of every European Jewish family. A dozen years ago, the Calabasas man sat down to compile a genealogy of the Rakover family and to write its history. The project took him five years and resulted in a book that traces 13 generations of the family, from Rakover's great- great-great-great-great-great- grandfather and two of his brothers, down to 81-year-old Rakover, his many cousins and their children.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2010 | By Mark Silva
President Obama has found another long-lost cousin: Scott Brown, the Republican state senator from Massachusetts who won the Senate seat long held by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. The president and the senator-elect are 10th cousins, according to the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Brown's victory Jan. 19 over Democratic candidate Martha Coakley cost the Democrats their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and may have jeopardized passage of Obama's top legislative priority -- a healthcare overhaul.
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April 1, 1993 | LISA KLUG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Bennett has spent much of his free time for the last 20 years filling notebooks with some 2,500 names of his ancestors. Looking to add to his list, he spends many evenings and weekends at the Mormon Temple's Family History Center doing research. Bennett, a civil engineer, said in his search he learned that his family tree includes 157 European kings, three passengers on the Mayflower and Pocahontas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2006 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
A potential conflict between Jewish organizations and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over vicarious baptism was averted Monday when the church said that Simon Wiesenthal's name was removed from the church's genealogical records. The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles had demanded earlier in the day that Wiesenthal's name be removed from the church's online International Genealogical Index, the church's database of posthumous "ordinances" or vicarious baptisms.
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November 10, 1989 | MICHAEL WHITE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For more than a decade Paul Isaacson has labored to save the souls of his dead ancestors, patiently searching miles of microfilm and stacks of catalogues in the Mormon Church's Family History Library. Mormon missionary work isn't limited to the living, and each day thousands of the faithful flock to the library, the world's largest repository of genealogical records, to fulfill the church's determination to baptize every person who ever lived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2000 | EDGAR SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cozkacuauhtli Zenteotl was once known as Eduardo Rivera. For 18 years, he didn't think much about his name until one day he realized that, unlike many of his white and African American classmates, he knew very little about his family's history. "Their roots went back to Europe and Africa," he said. "But me? I did not know how I came about."
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September 9, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly three years Isidore Myers has been obsessed with researching, writing and publishing a book he has no intention of selling. "Remember: A Book to Honor the Family I Never Knew" is a self-published labor of love designed to preserve Myers' family history and, in so doing, keep alive the memories of 115 Polish relatives verified to have been murdered in Nazi extermination camps during World War II.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1996 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For most of her 34 years, Theresa Ann Gray has viewed her life as rootless and incomplete, like a jigsaw puzzle short some key pieces. Much of her adulthood has been spent searching for the woman who gave her life from a Camarillo State Hospital bed 27 minutes before midnight on a crisp spring night in 1962. The auburn-haired birth mother, a mental patient at the state hospital, gave the infant Theresa up for adoption weeks after she was born.
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