Special Report: Disappearing Act?
Local genealogical societies are reporting steadily shrinking membership. We explore what's behind the trend.

Genealogy has made it to the masses, thanks in part to Web sites such as Ellis Island <ellisisland.org>, FamilySearch <www.familysearch.org> and Ancestry.com <Ancestry.com >, as well as widespread media coverage of genetic genealogy developments. A 2005 online poll by Market Strategies and MyFamily.com (now the Generations Network) concluded 73 percent of Americans are interested in discovering their family history - up from 60 percent in 2000.

Despite the blossoming interest, the Internet buzzes with talk of shrinking genealogical societies: See CreativeGene <creativegene.blogspot.com/2006/08/decline-in-genealogical-society.html>, Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter <blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2006/07/expanding_the_r.html>, and Genea-musings <randysmusings.blogspot.com/2006/08/if-genealogy-interest-is-so-high-why.html>.