I think one reason why family history and family secret discoveries can be so impactful on us is because they're inextricably linked to two of the key factors that make us human - family and identity. The impacts of tracing your family history can certainly be profound, thoughtfully expressed in this beautifully written, sad piece by @kimberly_writes.
Genealogy in Australia
An incredible feature-length documentary film has been released very recently, Missing Fetine, chronicling an Australian woman's search to uncover what happened to her great aunt Fetine, after she was forced to marry and leave her homeland of Cyprus as a fourteen year old in the 1930s. Fetine was sold to a Palestinian man, married off as a child bride. In undertaking their research for this film, the filmmaker Yeliz Shukri discovered this wasn't a lone case, but there were hundreds more girls that were forced into a similar ordeal in the context of extreme poverty. The film takes a human rights approach and it looks like a remarkable family secret story, unravelled and told with empathy and respect. Can't wait to see it.
Trailer available on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/254819803
The family history research community, Genealogy in Australia, let me share the details of my research project with their members. This group has a focus on family trees and family history.
Thank you Lynn and Grahame at Genealogy in Australia!