Joe Mozingo, a writer for the Los Angeles Times, was curious about his family's past. He knew a bit about his grandfather but nothing about earlier generations. He decided to find out more about his ancestry and became successful with his efforts.
Mozingo's story about "real world" genealogy can be found at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mozingo-first-20100516,0,4419674.story
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