Dani Shapiro is an award-winning American author who has explored the depths of her own past and personal identity in a series of searing memoirs. So when her husband convinced her in 2016 to take a DNA genealogy test, she went along with it on a whim. But little did she know that the results would actually reveal a family secret that had been hidden for decades.
In 2014 ABC News revealed that genealogy is already one of the most popular pastimes in the United States. The only hobby supposedly more prevalent in the country is, in fact, gardening. This has perhaps been a long time coming, though, as discovering one’s family history isn’t exactly a new craze.
Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, for instance, genealogy was of interest to people who were preoccupied with their heritage, particularly among the elite. Following an influx of southern Europeans to the U.S., you see, more established immigrants sought to preserve the perceived hierarchy by seeking to prove that they were more “pure” than the new arrivals.