It is regrettable that while most of us probably respect the
privacy and feelings of our relatives there are some who will
ignore these feelings. When I discover that the father of an
individual committed suicide or that someone wasa adopted and
they have not divulged this information to me, I respect their
privacy in that regard.
But our society does not feel this way. Look at the memorial to
Franklin Delano Roosevelt which shows him in a wheelchair. This
was something he kept very private and the monument is a distortion
of history. I would very much like to discover the school records
of my father (circa 1908-18) = in fact I would like to discover
anything I can about his early life.
In Canada they are talking about destroying the 1911 census to
protect the privacy of those people who were described 90 years
ago - no doubt most of them are still living!
I fully agree with you regarding privacy and the deceased. I do--
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