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Ellen Fernandez-Sacco
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Genealogy is the democratization of history.
Genealogy is the democratization of history.

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Coffin for the father of Balbino Gonzalez, Moca, September 1929 While in Puerto Rico over a decade ago, I bought copies of old photographs at Tienda Cesto in Aguadilla. Part of the store was given over to tables with sets of binders, each containing…
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My career has differed materially from that of most women; and some things that I have done have shocked persons for whom I have every respect, however much my ideas of propriety may differ from theirs.    Loreta Janeta Velazquez, (1876)  The Woman in…
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If you’re doing Latinx genealogy tied to the Spanish empire, you’ll eventually hit a version of the Registro Civil, the Civil Register for births, deaths and marriages that keep track of the population. Depending on the country, these volumes of vital…
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Two hundred years ago this month marks the anniversary of the #Opelousas massacre in New Orleans. Some 250 people, mostly African American, lost their lives to terrorism by white vigilante groups. It was an effort tor suppress the vote & stamp out the political and economic gains of Reconstruction. This was the first of many incidents of mass intimidation through terrorist acts
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How can we as a nation better commemorate the victims of racial violence? These losses represent family histories too.
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How manifest destiny & colonialism shape urban development
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Protecting the past, bringing it forward into the present, in the face of climate change.

"The [Gullah/Geechee Nation] community—and its food—is closely tied to the agricultural and marine resources of the Lowcountry, their homeland, which stretches along the coast and sea islands between Jacksonville, North Carolina, and Jacksonville, Florida.

They are also a community on the front lines of climate change."
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Timely new film from Oakland-based director Boots Riley
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This morning I sit with the work of Paul Rucker, who manifests the realities behind terminology, and the coercive, body destroying violence that is a part of the legacy of white supremacy. His strategic use of sound and image in a multi-disciplinary…
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Spotlight on the Southern Genealogist’s Exchange Society's library in Jacksonville, FL is the largest public genealogy library of its type in FL. Collections not limited to FL, has GA, AL records, and more: "It’s chock full of 7,000 books from across the world, 4,000 ancestral charts, microfilm spools, maps, ship passage lists, family histories, newspaper obituaries, surname files and immigration, military and vital records."
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