Genealogy is increasingly a mainstream occupation, as I realized the other day, when I picked up the Wall Street Journal issue of Wednesday, January 16, and encountered a large article on our favorite activity.
Titled, "When A Genealogy Hobby Digs Up Unwanted Secrets," the feature article by Sue Shellenbarger relates the stories of a few researchers who discovered some black sheep in their ancestries. One man found a bigamist, another a murderer, a third uncovered a witch.
The article was fairly extensive and discussed the Internet and DNA and quoted several prominent genealogists. One factoid mentioned was that last year researchers spent $2.3 billion on genealogy products and services. Wow, pretty soon we'll be getting into real money!
The article ran to about 55 column inches, substantial in modern terms, and I found it an interesting read. You can peruse the Journal in your local library and maybe even online; give it a look-see.