Are you afraid of skeletons in your closet? Then stay away from genealogy!!! Because you are going to find them. My reason for doing genealogy is to feel a connection to the past. Thousands of people had to come together to make me who I am today. Where were they from, and what were their names? What were their lives like and what happened to them? How did they die? Did they live through wars, famines, floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, epidemics, abortions, miscarriages, etc? I don’t care if they were good or bad, I just want to know their story.
I found many skeleton’s in closets that at the time my ancestors hid. In today’s world some of them don’t seem so bad. There have been divorces, illegitimate children, affairs, desertion, suicides, and killings. If you are afraid of finding these things, stay away from genealogy! On the other hand, many people are looking for royalty, or want to be related to someone famous. Sometimes they are looking for a long lost inheritance. Many people come to genealogy because the family story has them related to someone famous. The most common one I have found is Daniel Boone. I swear everyone who has the surname Boone, thinks they are related to Daniel Boone. That’s almost as popular as the myth of being related to Pocahontas. Most people do not find famous people in their bloodlines. If you want to do genealogy because you think you are related to someone famous, you may be disappointed. But I can tell you the lives of ordinary people who did ordinary things can be interesting too. You never know what you will find.
Where do fit on the spectrum? Are you afraid of what you will find or are you looking for famous people or royalty in your bloodline? Maybe you are like me and just want to know where you come from. Where ever the facts lead you, you need to be willing to accept it. In genealogy we do not alter the facts to fit our narrative. The documented facts make our ancestor’s story.