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Paula Deen’s great-great-great-grandfather lived through slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction just as much as Jefferson Davis and Ulysses S. Grant did. While most of our ancestors aren’t mentioned in history books, this fact is one more reason for us to look back and stake our personal claim to events that shaped the world. Learn more about what Deen discovered when she found her family’s place in historic events on the season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? airing tonight at 8/7c on NBC. Ancestry.com is a sponsor of the show.