Researching your family history most certainly has its ups and downs.
Most of us, however, receive a net benefit from the research, such as the feeling of familial inheritance, the joy of family stories or just the thrill of the chase.
Look hard enough, though, and you're likely to find something lurking in the closet. Perhaps a skeleton, if you will. Of course, there are many ways to deal with these issues and, for many, the revelations will be so old that you can detach yourself completely from the embarrassment.
Others, however, are left in a situation where their new hobby has suddenly unearthed life-changing facts about their heritage. Covering up these discoveries involves heartache and obvious holes in family research. Adopting an honest policy is desirable, but those life-changing facts can be too hard to bear even in modern society.