Genealogical research sometimes turns up the unexpected.

genealogical researchIt is very common for amateur genealogists, hoping to find an aristocratic or celebrity connection, to find something they never expected in their genealogical research. The twists and turns of genealogical research can lead us down paths we never imagined. Researchers need to maintain a completely open mind.

Information about illegitimate children, changed names, adoptions, missing persons, bigamy, criminal records, etc. are all common research discoveries. One of our Heirlines employees recalls the day her mother discovered that she had an uncle she never knew.

“She was shocked! Her father had a brother he was estranged from. She never knew he existed. There was an entire branch of her family she had no prior knowledge of. By maintaining an open mind she was able to come to terms with this startling information and eventually make contact with the “missing” branch of the family.”

With so many records available online it is now also possible to learn more about the truth behind your family’s tall tales.

Research can also put speculation and rumors passed down through generations to rest. And it can even bring members of families together for the first time.

Exploring family history can be very emotional, but discovering more about your ancestors, their successes failures and choices, helps us to appreciate them as people even if we never knew them personally. It makes them real.

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