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The Ancestry Connection
Each of these Ancestry customers is a direct descendant of one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence.
These are their stories.
Jaime Kofler Gomez 5th great-granddaughter of Benjamin Rush Watch her story
Rev. W. Douglas Banks 5th great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson Watch his story
Valerie Hoffman 6th great-granddaughter of John Adams Watch her story
Chelsea Lafarge Lowe 7th great-granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin Watch her story
Tyler Robinson 8th great-grandson of William Hooper Watch his story
Share your discoveries at #4thofJuly
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.