Do your family secrets define you?

Would a revelation about your ancestors change your future?

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Senior Writer

Published January 3, 2019 5:00PM (EST)


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While researching her family history, writer Silvia Foti made a shocking discovery — her grandfather was a Nazi collaborator whose actions helped lead to the deaths of likely thousands of Lithuanian Jews.

Foti's revelation was unique, but the advent of DNA testing and genealogy sites has led to some alarming shakeups in families. Have you shaken a skeleton out of your closet? And does it change your view of yourself when you learn something ignoble about your ancestors?

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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