Uncovering Family Secrets in Genealogy records
6/9/2014
What shocking secrets were your ancestors hiding? The answers may be waiting in one of these six sources.
The preacher held for seduction. The shoemaker who bludgeoned his bride to death. The older sister who was actually a mother.
 
You might expect to find these characters in a soap opera, in the pages of National Enquirer or on the gossip site TMZ <www.tmz.com>. But would you be surprised to learn that sordid tales of sex, lies, betrayal, infidelity and yes, even murder can be found in Grandma’s journal, a small-town newspaper, a dusty old court case docket in a basement storage room, or among the stacks of your local library?
 
Most genealogists need not look far to uncover the family events no one wanted to talk about. Maybe Dad’s silence or Grandma’s sidelong glance when a certain ancestor’s name comes up have set off your genealogy alarm, or maybe you’ve found records hinting that there’s more to a family story than anyone admits. If you suspect your ancestor was hiding a deep, dark secret, follow our tips to dig up the dirt in these six archival sources.