Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Most families have at least one "skeleton in the closet": a shameful secret that they try to keep hidden and don't talk about. Some of the things that are considered shameful have changed over time, and some differ by community. This series of occasional posts discusses some of these taboo topics, what you might find, and being respectful when speaking to family members about them.