Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Odd News - Too Much Research?


There have been genealogists who have discovered criminals in their family and written about it. As an example, see this book by Ron Arons. But what if you discover that someone else is related to a villainous character? Do you make that information public?
According this article in the Daily Express, researchers claim to have decoded the DNA of Hitler and think they have made a connection to 39 relatives - some of whom have no idea that they share this relation.
Is there an inherent benefit to informing someone that his/her ancestor may not have been the exemplar of the perfect citizen (or much, much worse)? In addition, is there any benefit of publicizing a familial relation that family members wished not to disclose?
Either way, a thought provoking, if not disturbing, article that deserves its "odd news" title.

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