10 Were your an­ces­tors try­ing to hide?

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - BRICK WALLS -

Fi­nally, you may have to ac­cept that some peo­ple didn’t want to be found, and may not have told the truth. One of my tough­est brick walls has been try­ing to find my hus­band’s great grand­par­ents. The more I look, the more cer­tain I am that they were ly­ing on the only doc­u­ment I have of their ex­is­tence: their son’s birth cer­tifi­cate. My hus­band’s grand­fa­ther was given up for in­for­mal adop­tion, and try­ing to track down his birth par­ents has stumped me. It is one of my favourite brick walls, but for now I’m leav­ing it alone. I will come back to it in a year or so and see if new datasets, fresh eyes or greater ex­pe­ri­ence will help me reach the truth. And one day, maybe, the thrill of vic­tory will have me shout­ing from the rooftops, and I’ll re­mem­ber why I love fam­ily his­tory, and my brick walls in par­tic­u­lar.

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