“A strong family is the foundation of a strong nation,
and a strong nation is a law-abiding nation,
with maximum freedom and safety for its citizens.”

Mimi Lozano
Educator and activist for Hispanic rights who co-founded the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research and is the editor and publisher of Somos Primos.

Somos Primos

Somos Primos is a publication dedicated to past and present articles, events and information concerning Hispanic heritage issues. 

The editorial focus of Somos Primos is to connect present day situations to its historical foundation. The goal is to awaken Latinos to the fact that we are walking in the footsteps of our ancestors. Whether that path is clear to our vision or not, we are in the midst of that road. It is imperative that we grasp the unique and individual part in world history, and especially United States history, that our grand-parents walked. The contributions of our ancestors are important to understand the many social issues of today.

Whether the umbrella title is Hispanic or Latino, the problem is one of a confused and distorted image. Who are we? The identity problem is based on many historical occurrences, political and social factors which are currently being explored, on many levels.

Somos Primos originated in 1986 with a different name.  It was first as a flyer posting upcoming meetings for a Hispanic Research Study group in Orange County, California. The study group grew into a non-profit, and the flyer developed into Somos Primos, a quarterly for the now named Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research, SHHAR, a 28 page hard copy published from 1990-1999. January 2000, the first issue of  the monthly SomosPrimos.com was posted online. Its exposure resulted in many and increasing national projects for promoting Spanish language heritage and history.

The goal of Somos Primos has been to encourage family history research, with the mission of strengthening families by compiling correct heritage information.   Purpose, strengthening the individual’s self identity,  with a bridge to the past, and a connection to the present.