Genealogy – or the searching of one’s family ancestry – is losing popularity with young people and appears to be fading from view. Whether it is due to shame over past ancestors involvement in things like the Stolen Generation or slavery, it seems young people don’t give a toss about who their former family was and one theory stems from the fact that youngsters don’t really care about their current families enough to care about their former ones.
With the majority of young people burying their heads in their devices and making connections online, it appears that the new generation couldn’t be bothered looking up from their phone long enough to establish a real connection with the people they share a house with. Although this is good practice for when they move out and start sharing a flat with strangers, it’s not so great for the genealogy business which is declining by the day.
“Yes, you could say genealogy is a ‘dying art’,” chortled Lester Year (67). “You could even say it’s ‘turning over in its grave’.”
Stopping the conversation short before Lester continued with his awful death puns, it seems genealogy will need something drastic if the art form is going to survive. One thing is for sure, Lester’s shitty jokes aren’t doing it any favours.