The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Climbing the family tree on-line

Technology can help you find your ancestors/i>

Boatloads of immigrants to the United States wanted nothing so much as to blend into the mainstream. Many rapidly discarded their languages, customs, dress, even "Americanized" their family names--and lost much of their identities.

No more. As our country is reawakening to pride in its ethnicity, the interest in genealogy has grown. The New York Times reports it's the third most popular hobby in America. Many of those immigrants' descendants now surf the Internet, as well as search through church records and cemeteries, trying to learn more about long-lost relatives.

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