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Article updated: 1/19/2013 1:59 AM

Poll Vault: How far back can you trace your family tree?

By Michelle Holdway

Family trees are fascinating, yet so much is lost to history as the branches fork and spread.

How far back can you trace your roots? Do you have relatives who came over on the Mayflower or fought in the Revolutionary War?

Do you subscribe to genealogy websites like ancestry.com?

Are you descended from Viking explorers, Chinese philosophers or Egyptian royalty? What do you about know your fourth cousin once removed?

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