Family History Through The Alphabet Challenge: The Letter E
The lovely folk at Gould Genealogy have issued a challenge to genealogists and family historians. Their idea is The ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge We will work our way through the alphabet, using one letter each week and discuss anything relating to our family history starting with that letter. This week, being Week 5, is the letter E.
E is for Ethics: I often think about ethics in genealogy. As family historians, I feel we have the responsibility of telling the facts of the story of our families in a truthful and meaningful way. Over the years, I’ve been told family stories by mainly 2nd and 3rd cousins and asked not to include them in the official record of the family. Usually this is to prevent hurt to a living family member or descendants. I would never divulge information given to me in confidence, but I often think about how this information could change the narrative of our family history.
What do you think? How far does our responsibility to tell the truth go? Would you consider leaving out facts to be telling a lie?