Family stories can be very disturbing to genealogists. It’s not that we’re necessarily shocked by what we are told or what we discover. In fact, there’s a certain excitement to learning some juicy fact about a family member. What’s disturbing is that information is either withheld or that stories that are told are sanitized in order to “protect” the family name or reputation. As a result, we have to work that much harder to discover the truth.
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