Monday, September 15, 2008

Blacksheep Ancestors

There are a number of websites devoted to the Blacksheep in the family.
Black Sheep provides links to search prison records, insane asylum records for the US as wellas for the UK. There are also numberous links to historical court records, execution records and biographies of famous outlaws and criminals across the US, Uk and Canada.

The International Black Sheep Society of Genealogists (IBSSG) is an Association of Genealogists who have found "blacksheep ancestors" in their direct family lines, or under the "One Degree Rule" of the Society. The purpose of the Society is to discuss family blacksheep in order to learn more about them and share information about your "Black Sheep" with other members of the IBSSG! Many times having a Black Sheep in the family leads to a family "wall of silence" and research into the family becomes very difficult. Their Goal is to help find alternate routes to information sources, and to "normalize" the view of the blacksheep as a person, who has a place in the FACTUAL history of the family, without regard to behaviors.
Remember, the acts may be embarrassing to others in your family, but within the Society, you are not alone! Many have similar situations, and can relate (actually many are related) to the problems in doing this research.

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