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About American Stories, American Lives

Historians and genealogists view history from different perspectives. Historians use a broad brush on a vast canvas to portray events that shaped our world while genealogists are careful portraitists who uncover and flesh out the finer details of a person’s life. When they work together, a richer and more nuanced narrative emerges.

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With more than 178 years of experience of original research into the lives of the people who built our nation, American Ancestors explores the many intersections between history and genealogy, culture, and heritage.

When we tell his story, her story, and their story, we tell the whole story. When you contribute to the American Stories, American Lives Campaign, you honor your family history and help to preserve the fabric of the great American story.