Saturday, April 23, 2005

ACROSS MY DESK: Family Tree's Bad Apples Can Be a Shock

From: Carol Bentley clsb64@swbell.net
DearMYRTLE,
My husband found this article in the Washington Times. I thought it interesting:

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FAMILY TREE'S BAD APPLES CAN BE A SHOCK
By Elizabeth Day
LONDON SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Copyright (c) 2005 News World Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.
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LONDON -- Genealogists want psychotherapy to be made available for people who stumble across unpleasant discoveries while researching their family history.


Britain's Society of Genealogists is one of several organizations concerned that amateur historians are not sufficiently prepared for the secrets they might uncover in their family records and could need counseling to help them through the emotional process.


"People can be dealing with many serious things -- from discovering your ancestor was a rapist who was deported to Australia to finding out you are adopted," said Else Churchill, a genealogy officer at the society. [...]

Last year, a survey conducted by <http://www.1837online.com>, a genealogical Web site, found that 10 percent of amateur historians hope to unearth a family skeleton.

NOTE: For the full article see: The Washington Times
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