The rise of genetic testing has boosted the popularity of genealogy. With testing made easy using a cotton swab and some saliva, everyone can establish their paternity and reconstruct their national history in addition to checking on hereditary disease risk.
Russian birth certificiate / Image by David Shankbone of Wikimedia Commons
Genealogy seems to be on air every time I switch on the television in Australia, UK or the US. BBC created and ran a TV show on genealogy called Who Do You Think You Are since 2004, and the same show was launched in the US in 2010 on NBC. The show was participated by television celebrities including comedian and TV presenter Julian Clary, Jerry Springer, host of the tabloid talk show The Jerry Springer Show, best-selling Harry Potter author JK Rowling, and Jeremy Clarkson of BBC TV show Top Gear.
Death certificate of Eddie Schneider / Image by Richard Arthur Norton of Wikimedia Commons
Dozens of websites and software programs have also sprouted over the years to support what many Americans believe to be the second most popular hobby and visited website category after pornography. For example Ancestry.com, one of the leading family history websites, allows subscribers to access billions of records by paying anywhere between USD12.95 to USD34.95 per month.
1875 marriage certificate / Image by Roundhere44 of Wikimedia Commons