AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum
FAMILY • How Is It Changing?
As we pick through the remnants of the past to find our family’s history, we often learn interesting facts about its origins. The next generation will have to learn even more information and it may have profound impacts on how they see themselves as individuals. For some, this will be information that was never considered in previous generations because the ideas and technology were not in use. I’m talking about the origins of some of the next generation and the ideas for this generation as to what constitutes a family.
Let’s start with the ideas about a family.
Today, family units are more varied and may include, in addition to the traditional family, two mothers; a single mother or father; an unmarried couple; a group of siblings or units that do not include children.
To further complicate things, what will the new genealogical rules be when it comes to issues such as:
1) Children resulting from donor sperm and egg –what genealogical background do they assume… the genealogical profile of the birth parents or the donors? (What if the donors are anonymous?)
2) Children resulting from donor sperm and the egg of the mother and the donor is anonymous?
3) Children resulting from donor egg and the sperm of the father?
In the three cases mentioned above, what do you do about medical history, physical traits, and abilities relating to their genetic origins?
For anonymous donors and the resulting children, how are the possibilities of marrying a half-sibling, unbeknownst to you handled?
While the possibility of resolving issues pertaining to infertility or the make up of the family results in using artificial means of conception, the adage about solving one problem but creating another, holds true.
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