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