The job of historians is straight forward. They research and record events.
But the family historian must deal with misdeeds of people they love. These personal embarrassments and personal tradegies make the family historian's job especially difficult.
This book is dedicated to family historians everywhere.
Introduction Family history is the most relevant history.
Research into family history causes many genealogist to be labeled, "The Family Historian." Whether you accept that label or not, your years of reseaarch cause those curious about their roots to turn to you for answers about the family. Many questions presented to you center on family origins, but often questions are asked about personalities of deceased and even living relatives.
Chapter 1. Putting Your History in Words Historians love writing about their subject. Family historans love the subject about which they write.
Writing the family history is something almost every one of us said we were going to do at some time or other, ususally after we retire or the kids left home. Fortunately for future generations, many of us, in fact, do write the family history. But a family history is much more than pedigree charts and who begat whom. A Family history is the flesh and blood, joy and tears that make a family. And almost certainly, even before you begin collecting data or interviewing relatives, you face bones rattling in the closet — the family skeleton. You confront that skeleton before you really begin because you, yourself, have your secrets. How many of them do you share with future generations? None? A few? All? That's what this book is about.
The integrity of your family history rests with your own integrity. Find the truth, and tell the truth. Just tell it with sensitivity.