I received the following from one of our readers. It’s an interesting question so I thought I’d throwÂ it up on the blog so that you could weigh in.
I have been searching for my family historyÂ for 36 years.Â When ever I am interviewing someone there always comes a time when the person says, “Put down your pencil, this is a “family secret.”Â After that all the “good stuff” comes spilling out. It usually involves some sort of scandal.Â I have heard about abandoned children, peoples’ ashes being thrown in the ditch, “under-the-counter” liquor sales, a questionable death, and a whole lot of unexpected pregnancies, which are not reflected in censusÂ records.
Many of these people are still alive, or it was their parent, brother, etc.Â they are talking about.Â My dilemma, and I imagine some other genealogists too, is what do I do with this information?Â Some of it is too sensitive to print, but I also think it needs to be saved.Â Does anyone have any good ideas?Â What do you do with the families “dirty laundry?”
What do you think? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.