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Leta Baker/John Meese, Ancestry.com, associate creative directors
Shawn Perkins, Ancestry.com, creative director
Pedram Torbati, Boxer Films, editor
Jeffrey DeChausse, director
Maeliosa Tiernan, Boxer Films, producer
Lisa Stewart, Ancestry.com, agency producer
Boxer Films, production company
Ancestry.com Creative, ad agency
Ancestry.com, client
Cathryn Darling :60 Cathryn VO: The last time I saw my father I was eight years old, and I spent the last 39 years searching for him. My parents split when I was very young, and I refused to believe that he abandoned me. (Cut to scenes of searching) Cathryn (VO): Through Ancestry.com I was able to track down newspaper articles that revealed the true story. My daughter first was on the computer, and she said, "Oh, here's an article," and then she started crying. (Cut to photographs of family) Cathryn (VO): They were hit by 20-foot swells. He called for help and the Coast Guard couldn't get to him in enough time, and my father had died. (Cut to photographs) Cathryn (VO): Then when I found my living relatives they told me how much he had loved me, and put our family back together again on both sides. (Cut to Cathryn holding a photograph of her father) Cathryn (VO): His story isn't a mystery anymore. He was a brave man, and I was proud that he was my father. Anncr. VO): Who will you discover on Ancestry.com? "Alton Woodman" :60 Alton (VO): My father died a long time ago. I only knew him until I was like thirteen or fourteen years old. It was important to know who this man was. I started by looking through the census material on Ancestry.com, and I found him. Just after 1910 my grandfather died. My grandmother couldn’t care for the children. My father had to be given up. He was in an orphanage. But then I got to the 1920 Census. That’s when I found him at the Cottage School in Pleasantville. And I wrote a letter, and then I received a package filled with information about my father. (Cut to written information and photographs) Alton (VO): He overcame the obstacle of being away from home. Through Ancestry.com I was able to see what he was as a person and I began to see that I was very much my father’s son. (Cut to photograph of Alton’s father) Anncr. (VO): Who will you discover on Ancestry.com? "Peggy McDowel"l :60 Peggy (VO): I started cooking when I was nine. I wanted to know…why was there so much passion for what I do? (Cut to Peggy rolling dough) Peggy (VO): My grandfather was a chef on the CBQ Railroad. We had heard stories, "Oh yes, your grandfather worked for the railroad." But we didn't really know what railroad, or when. I found all of this through Ancestry.com. It wasn't just a story anymore. To actually see him in his younger day — it literally took my breath away. (Cut to chefs from railroad) Peggy (VO): These discoveries have bonded the family together…umm… (Cut to interior of dining car) Peggy (VO): I met a cousin of mine through Ancestry.com, and we're opening up a restaurant here in Hyde Park. So we're continuing on the legacy of the cooking gene in our family. (Cut to pie coming out of the oven) Anncr. (VO): Who will you discover on Ancestry.com?
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