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Ruth Jackson Green

Its In The Blood

Bloodlines are important to some people and I find genealogical work very interesting, exciting, and sometimes frustrating.  Most of the work done on my family tree was accomplished by Grands who had the time, money, and inclination to get into a car and drive to the courthouse or collect data from family bibles protected by various relatives.  Ancestry.com makes the search much easier though one still needs to be careful to not create family connections that aren’t really there; be sure you are looking into the same person each time. Anyway, this article is not about genealogy but about generational challenges or troubles that follow a bloodline. Some would argue that these challenges, depression, anger, poverty, are the ‘sins of the father’ visited down into the 3rd and 4th generations (Exodus 20:5).  For example, a parent with a gambling problem (sin) can produce a ‘curse’ of poverty and debt that is passed down to the children, who can then pass it down to their children, etc. Learned behavior or a curse?  Tomato, tomahto. I am currently …