By the late 1960s, though, this kind of supremacy was thankfully beginning to become less prevalent. In fact, America’s vibrant collective heritage was starting to be embraced. So now genealogy began to be seen more as a journey to self-discovery through family history rather than a tool with which to “prove” the “purity” of one’s heritage.
It was during the 1990s and the advent of the internet, however, that genealogy really started to boom. And as past family records found their way online, millions of Americans were now able to access information about their relatives without having to even leave their homes.
Fast-forward to the early 21st century, and genealogy is suddenly a billion-dollar business. Our obsession with the past has given rise to hundreds of TV shows, books and websites too. In fact, online family history sites are the second-most popular kinds of pages on the internet.