In our podcast episode today, Diana and I discuss how to deal with and write about family secrets that we uncover during genealogy research. Often these skeletons in the closet bring up difficult emotions and threaten to upset family members. As the historians in our family, do we have a duty to tell the story? How should we tell it? Diana shares some thoughts about uncovering how her great grandfather died, and how another great grandfather was committed to a mental hospital. I will share about the illegitimate children I found in one family line as well as the ancestor...
Today I'm pleased to share a guest post written by Beverly Scott. Bev tells about the mystery of her grandfather's life, her genealogical journey to uncover the truth about him, and her decision to turn the story into a historical fiction novel. She had always wanted to write her family's story, but as she researched, she realized that it would be best to write historical fiction. Read a little bit about her decision to write her family's story here. Today, Bev shares how she researched to provide context to her tale. She gives some tips at the end for others who are...
What would you do if out of the blue you discovered that your mother, a self proclaimed "only child," had a sister? If you were Steve Luxenberg and an investigative reporter, you would start researching your family in earnest. Steve wrote Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret to tell the story of his quest that uncovered the truth of Annie's existence and her life in a mental institution. What would cause his mother to keep Annie a secret from her husband and children for over fifty years? What was Annie's story? Why was she institutionalized? As the author delves...
Diana Elder, AG®, and Nicole Dyer
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