Arborbridge wrote:TahiPanasDua wrote:I have only recently found out some basic and astounding facts about my mother's family hence my sudden interest in finding out more at the belated age of 77. My search will not be helped by my mother's infamous passing acquaintance truth. What little I do know about her family could be fictitious, at least in part. We basically never met them even though they lived a mere 30 miles away. I am only now wondering why. Dumb or what?
It is all suddenly fascinating!.
When I delved into my family, I too realised that my Dad had a number of "half-Uncles" from a second marriage living only a few streets away. They were never ever mentioned, AFAIK and I have no idea they existed, nor of the more direct descendants I discovered and now occasionally email.
do you think one reason we can end up with such ignorance of near relatives is that children are so trusting and grow up totally accepting everything around them?