How Genealogy Became Almost as Popular as Porn

Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the U.S. after gardening, according to ABC News, and the second most visited category of websites, after pornography. It’s a billion-dollar industry that has spawned profitable websites, television shows, scores of books and — with the advent of over-the-counter genetic test kits — a cottage industry in DNA ancestry testing.

Writing in Time Magazine, Gregory Rodriguez describes the changes and growth in genealogy. As he writes, “Now I understand why so many millions of Americans love it. Genealogy is fun.”

You can read the article at: http://goo.gl/v9koDT.

2 Comments

I think he just called me a social-climbing racist. This is a reprint of his May 12th USA Today article “How an elitist pursuit became a mainstream American obsession”. Time Magazine retitled it and went the porn route. Rodriguez has never done any genealogy, and thinks Americans before 1964 only pursued it to join the DAR.

Interesting equating the popularity of porn and genealogy, as I have done the genealogy of Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner.

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