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Freedmen’s Bureau records help blacks search their roots

LOS ANGELES — The digital release of records involving four million 19th century slaves will make it significantly easier for millions of black Americans to trace their family tree and identify or confirm genealogical histories, researchers say. The release, announced last week, is considered to be one of the most significant developments in genealogical research Read More…

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Southland cities plan Independence Day parades

LOS ANGELES — Parades marking the 239th anniversary of the nation’s independence will be held Saturday throughout Los Angeles County, with three having a connection to the Special Olympics World Games. Santa Monica’s ninth annual Fourth of July parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Main Street and Pico Boulevard. Its theme is “Inspirational Heroes.” Read More…