Think researching your own family history can be a challenge? Imagine researching the histories of a whole slew of people who aren’t even related to you. But people do it all the time. And often their goals are anything but ordinary.

This downloadable feature (pdf) from the March/April 2010 issue of Ancestry Magazine follows three projects that showcase how genealogy is being used to expand on textbook history. By focusing on families who were there when history happened, our trio of modern-day researchers is uncovering stories of the everyday that give us all a better understanding of how lives and history intertwine.

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