A Place at the Table: Dealing with a twisted family tree

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  • SusanMarie Clarksville, TN
    March 14, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    I was in an orphanage till I was 2 years. old, adopted and then adopted again at 12 years old with 3 completely different names and lived in different towns. This is crazy making at it's best, however we try to find the word "fun" in dys-fun-ctional and laugh. We also have been advised to put all 3 names on family sheets and trust in the Lord that it will all make sense someday!

  • amala Evanston, IL
    March 14, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Actually, multiple marriages are really the least of the genealogist's problems. Just think about problems like adoption, the changing of names, and displacement of persons by war. It can get complicated. But that's half the fun anyway!

  • whistle219 princeton, IN
    March 14, 2011 9:42 a.m.

    Shackleford, it does work out, just not as smooth as others, a good geneologist would be able to sort it out.

  • RShackleford Saint George, UT
    March 14, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    I brought up a similar/related conversation with my Wife yesterday. In some (American) communities, Marriage is an anomaly. The term Husband has been replaced with " he is my baby's Daddy or She is my Baby's Mama!

    Some of the men and women have several different children by several different mates...never married.

    Can you imagine the challenge a convert that was born into this type of family tree, is going to have doing geneology...and then temple work and sealings? I'm not even sure today's Family Search program will work with this kind of contingency.

  • Old Scarecrow Brigham City, UT
    March 14, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    Great story -- I regret that I never met many somewhat distant relatives who are now gone, and who could have enlightened me about my family's history, perhaps shared photographs, and expanded my understanding of my place in life. We will not become our best person if we don't recognize the history, places and people who led us to be who and where we are.