The Nordic Heart: Nordic Genealogy Beginner's Guide
Is genealogy your favorite hobby or a hobby you would like to pursue? You are not alone! What once was a hobby pursued by royalty and the ruling class has become one that average people can easily partake in. Family history is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States. More and more people have discovered the fun of tracing their ancestors.
It is rather interesting to consider the reasons why genealogy is so popular today.
According to USA Today genealogy is currently the second most popular hobby in the United States. What is the most popular hobby? That would be gardening. The article does not specifically state why those two hobbies are the most popular out of all the hobbies that people in the United States are currently doing. When you think about it, though, there is a connection. Genealogy and gardening are two hobbies that are often enjoyed by people who have retired. There are over 70 million “Baby Boomers” (born between 1946-1964) in the US and many are at retirement age and have time to devote to hobbies.
One thing that has helped people to discover a new interest in genealogy are the genealogy related television shows. “Who Do You Think You Are?”, a show that combined genealogy research and the excitement of taking a peek into the lives of celebrities, was extremely popular. The show helped put genealogy right into people’s living rooms via their television.
Another thing that has increased people’s interest in genealogy are the direct-to-consumer DNA testing kits. Originally, these type of tests were intended to supply genealogists with both the ancestral history and the medical history that their genes held. Today, the emphasis has moved to the genealogical data, only.
It cannot be denied that one of the most influential factors that has caused people to want to research their family tree are the various genealogy websites that can be found on the internet. Everything is now at the new (and seasoned) genealogist’s fingertips and can be accessed from the comfort and safety of one’s home.
There was a time when genealogy research meant a walk through a cemetery or hours spent in the records archive of a courthouse. Both of those locations could be far from where a given genealogist happened to live. The push to get as many records as possible online is incredibly helpful, and welcoming, to people who are thinking about taking up the second most popular hobby in the United States.
If you are thinking about getting started with Nordic Family History Research, here are some guides by country:
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This book, The Family Tree Scandinavian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, is also a great resource for beginning your genealogy journey.