Searching your genetic ancestry can certainly be fun: You can trace the migration patterns of 10,000-year-old ancestors, or discover whether a distant relative ruled a continent or rode on the Mayflower. But the technology can just as easily unearth more private acts—infidelities, sperm donations, adoptions—of more recent generations, including previously unknown behaviors of your grandparents, parents, and even spouses. Family secrets have never been so vulnerable. -Virginia Hughes

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the character stumbles on a family secret that changes his or her life.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something interesting you’ve learned about your family history.

Art Prompt: Family secrets

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the study of genealogy and why it should interest them.

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