Lots of Americans say they’re interested in their family history, but many actually don’t know much about their ancestors, according to an Ancestry.com
survey released today.
Seventy-eight percent of survey respondents said they’re interested in learning more about their families, but half could name only one or none of their grandparents, 60 percent didn’t know both grandmothers’ maiden names, and 22 percent couldn’t say what either grandfather did or does for a living.
Half the survey respondents had ever researched their roots.
This may be a bit unexpected: More young people than older people were among the 78 percent wanting to know more about their roots. Eighty-three percent of 18-to-34-year-olds were interested, followed 35-to-54-year-olds at 77 percent and those 55 and older at 73 percent.
Could be the older folks are already doing genealogy and know a lot about their families, so they’re not as worried about learning more.
The research firm MarketTools
conducted the survey. Information about the number of respondents and how they were surveyed wasn’t available.
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Thursday, December 06, 2007 1:44:23 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)