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I found this article rather interesting because a few days ago I was reading an article very much like this one in a much more recent newspaper online. It sounded as though this fascination with genealogy was something new. Then yesterday when researching I found this. Funny thing is, this clipping is from 1897!
The newer one did not have the same point of view as this has in the second paragraph, which I find interesting as well.
*Image from The Hastings Banner (Mich.), 26 AUG 1897, Pg. 2