A lot of people research their family trees in the hopes of finding notable and famous people as ancestors. Imagine that Thomas Jefferson, William Shakespeare, or Henry VIII as your ancestors. However, most of us don't have such notables and instead have ordinary people in our trees. Or, perhaps we have someone of some notoriety? Perhaps Jack the Ripper? Or a thief, or a bigamist?
Below is a link to a recent Wall Street Journal in which genealogists Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ron Arons and others discuss the black sheep in their family trees.
When A Genealogy Hobby Digs Up Unwanted Secrets