TREE'S BAD APPLES CAN BE A SHOCK
By Elizabeth Day
LONDON SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
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LONDON -- Genealogists want psychotherapy
to be made available for people who stumble across unpleasant
discoveries while researching their family history.
Britain's Society of Genealogists is one of
several organizations concerned that amateur historians are not
sufficiently prepared for the secrets they might uncover in their family
records and could need counseling to help them through the emotional
"People can be dealing with many
serious things -- from discovering your ancestor was a rapist who was
deported to Australia to finding out you are adopted," said Else
Churchill, a genealogy officer at the society.
Last year, a survey conducted by www.1837online.com,
a genealogical Web site, found that 10 percent of amateur historians
hope to unearth a family skeleton.
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