12    Dec 20120 comments

Poll: Have you discovered a family secret?

George Bernard Shaw once said, "If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."

Family secret - two words that together to form an explosive combination. Most families have them and  - when they are revealed - they either disrupt the family balance or, more positively, put years of misunderstanding to rest.

In today's poll, we're asking whether you've uncovered a family secret during your genealogy research.

Let us know in the poll below:

7    Sep 20126 comments

Genealogy: What’s your motivation?

In this Huffington Post article, the author describes her motivations for conducting family history research.

Both her father and grandfather keep quiet when it comes to discussing their family history and even try to lure her away from digging up the past through short references to "dark secrets and family feuds."

But like most people with curious minds and a sense of investigation, preventing her from making inquiries only makes her even more interested.

What are my motivations for investigating my own family?

For me, it's a strong desire to know who my ancestors were and where I come from, to understand my ancestors and how they lived, to use that information and apply it to the present.

What about you?

What are your motivations for researching your unique family history? Are you trying to unlock anything in particular?

Share your stories in the comments below.

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