Friday, April 09, 2010

Family tree research can yield bitter fruit

For most people researching a family tree can be a source of pleasure and fulfilment but a significant minority might get more than they bargained for. Dr Anne-Marie Kramer of the University of Warwick studied 224 people who had done some research into their family history. Most found it a positive experience with benefits including making discoveries, investigating family myths and mysteries and making their ancestors real by finding out more about their lives. However, about 30 participants mentioned conflicts or problems caused by their research including:
  • uncovering unwelcome information
  • wanting information from relatives who did not wish to give it
  • giving relatives inaccurate information
  • spending more time researching than with loved ones
  • coming into contact with hostile relatives.

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