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RE: Family Tree's Bad Apples Can
Be a Shock
From: Jan Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
My question is this: Should these suspicions/speculations be included in my genealogy notes about the man? For me, it makes no difference at this point in time - I suppose that in reality it never did, however, I am trying to make all my notes in such a way that whatever is left 100 years from now, my/my relatives descendants will have some idea of the person behind the name/date/place that is the basic info in the genealogy programs. I have a sub-group in my notes titled Myths/Legends where I put all of the miscellaneous "whisperings", rumor, etc that may or may not have some usefulness and/or meaning in the future.
"INFAMOUS LETTER by Uncle Eugene, who was ever the family comic, and quite the prankster. His niece Mary (Stover) Dayton states she does not take much stock in the truthfulness of anything Eugene wrote in this letter."
How about just the facts, without drawing the conclusion, in your grandfather's case? To use your words, I would write it up like this:
Jan Turner's personal recollections of her [maternal/paternal] grandfather [insert his name here]: "He made no secret of the fact, that he "liked" boys - and went to great lengths to always have a boy whom he was "sponsoring" for as long as I can remember him." That way you are not making sweeping statements, which tend to deter people from believing your work.
Let's leave the final judgments to the courts and God.
Happy family tree climbing!