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As soon as you begin a tree, we automatically look through billions of historical records, photos, and other Ancestry trees for information about your family.
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census record for Grandpa.
A document isn’t just a piece of paper—it’s a snapshot of your family’s past. Plug a name into a search of our vast collections, and there’s no telling what you’ll find.
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