The Harm in Do No Harm

The Harm in Do No Harm

During a presentation at Roots Tech about writing histories my sister-in-law shared some direction the presenter gave about writing history of family members with less-than-sterling details in their lives. The presenter urged family historians to “do no harm” when writing histories. This spurred considerable discussion between us. It is a thought that continues to trouble me. Every family is going to have their share of horse thieves, children born out of wedlock, and records of family members found in jails and insane asylums. Do we skip over such facts out of respect for the idea of “do no harm”? ThisClick to continue…