A pair of very powerful strands of history anchor the Orange County Register‘s re-launch today of the Santa Ana Register as a weekly community newspaper.

One is the fact this 108-year-old publication, rolled out in the fall of 1905 as the Santa Ana Daily Register when Orange County had only about 20,000 residents, marked the beginning of the newspaper that now contains it. The other is the idea that Santa Ana city editor Theresa Cisneros’ immigrant roots date back to the same location, a few decades later. From her front-page introduction:

In the 1920s, all four branches of my family tree fled central Mexico after the revolution, seeking better opportunities for their offspring. After traversing mountains and deserts, most of them settled in Santa Anita – a small Mexican enclave on the outskirts of Santa Ana…

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