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Posted: July 04, 2017

Ancestry finds, interviews descendants of the Founding Fathers

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A visitor passes by a picture named "The Declaration of Independence" by John Trumbull showing members of the committee appointed by the Continental Congress to draft the Declaration, (L-R) John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, at Thomas Jefferson Memorial October 14, 2004 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Zuri Davis, Rare.us

Ancestry released an ad ahead of the Fourth of July.

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The genealogy group tracked down the descendants of the American Founding Fathers for a project called Declaration Descendants. The ad uses the great-grandchildren to recreate the famous signing of the Declaration of Independence oil on canvas painting, first unveiled to the public by American artist John Trumbull in 1818.

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“In honor of July 4th we set out to find actual descendants of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence. Our goal was to reveal the truth of their lineage in a beautiful and uplifting way -- and inspire a sense of pride in who we are as a nation,” the group explained.

Ancestry shared some of the descendants’ stories:


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