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Filming your siblings’ oral histories requires a solid game plan—but for this writer, the experience proved enriching beyond expectations.

In Living Color: Family Histories

The author, Frank O. Sotomayor, was 6 years old when this family portrait was taken in 1949 at their home in Tucson, Ariz. He is seated next to his parents, Amelia and Florencio. At left are sister Dora and brother Ramon; at right, sister Alice and brother Ernie. — Photograph courtesy of Frank O. Sotomayor

Our family's rancho home burned down long before I was born. I heard little about it as I grew up, but I remember Dad's eyes flooding with tears in his later years when he talked about the tragedy he couldn't forget. Not until my older sisters shared their recollections of the fire, however, did I understand its profound significance in all our lives. … Back to Article

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