Many people think of genealogy as a hobby for retirees, but that stereotype is being challenged.
According to Ancestry.com.au's managing director, quoted in the Australian Daily Telegraph, 38% of the Web site's users were ages 15-24. Josh Hanna added that the number of users 35 and under grew significantly last year.
Reasons quoted were the popularity of reality gen shows such as the UK's "Who Do You Think You Are?", the fact that the world is getting smaller through technology, and an uptick in travel by young people to places where their ancestors lived.