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February 12, 1992 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alex Haley told friends he was just a writer trying to make a living. But his death is a poignant reminder that the former Coast Guard cook tapped the hearts of Americans with two monumental books that transcended literature to become cultural icons. "Roots" and "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" inspired millions to trace their family origins, take pride in racial identity and broaden their grasp of history.
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December 26, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Behind the colonial church where her father was baptized nearly a century ago, Teresa Maldonado Parker on Tuesday celebrated her first Mexican Christmas. Under streams of colorful banners on Auza Street in this small agricultural community, dozens of neighborhood children and distant cousins lit candles and sparklers and rocked baby Jesus in blankets on Christmas Eve. They shared sweets and punch. There were no gifts, no trees, no Santa Claus.
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April 28, 1990 | MARILYN PITTS, Marilyn Pitts is a free-lancer writer based in Santa Ana.
Nearly 400 years ago, Pedro Robledo left Mexico with the Juan de Ornate expedition, venturing into what is now New Mexico, to become one of the first settlers in that region. Today, his 13th-great-granddaughter, Pauline Chavez Bent, a genealogist who specializes in Latino history, travels uncharted terrain of a different nature, searching back through time to meticulously piece together her family's history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2002 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most days, researchers camped out in Laguna Niguel's National Archives reference room chitchat about the past as they untangle the threads of family history. In recent weeks, though, the talk has been about the future--today, to be precise, when archivists believe the unsealing of 72-year-old census will set off a mad scramble of genealogists hungry for what one called "the first fresh meat" in a decade.
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June 8, 1994 | ANDREA HEIMAN
Start by interviewing relatives, asking them questions about your family history. Record names, dates and places. Use an audio or videotape. Research materials found in your home. Look for genealogical information in family Bibles, diaries, wills, baby books and letters, and on the backs of pictures. Contact other family members about your search. There is a chance that another family member may be working on a history too.
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January 25, 2000 | JOSE CARDENAS
When doing genealogical research, you have to be ready for surprises that may make your ancestors seem a little less romantic. Just ask Aaron and Sylvia Magdaleno. The Santa Ana couple have traced their families to the 1600s--deep into Mexico, along the border and into the United States--through church, prison and trial records, census data and personal accounts. They've met some colorful characters in their pasts.
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September 29, 1998 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Most of the population of modern China--one-fifth of all the people living today--owes its genetic origins to Africa, an international scientific team said today in research that undercuts any claim that modern humans may have originated independently in China.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2000 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN
Blame it on the Girl Scouts. More than 20 years ago, Doug Miller was asked to guide his daughter's Girl Scout troop through a badge called Your Family History. The result was that Miller tumbled to the sometimes obsessive pleasures of genealogy (his daughter Lynn sewed on her badge and showed no further interest in the subject). His curiosity piqued, Miller sought out the closest archive of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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