People are busier than they’ve ever been. We live in an unprecedented era of uninterrupted communication, entertainment and information overload. In a very short time, we have become accustomed to a level of noise and distraction that our ancestors could not have begun to imagine.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis finds the hype that is increasingly surrounding him “offensive,” according to an interview published Wednesday, even as the Vatican is marking the anniversary of his election with commemorative stamps and coins and a DVD with never-before-seen footage of the pope.
Family history research has exploded in the past few years as new online tools and applications have been developed worldwide and made available to the public. Armies of volunteers have helped digitize and index more than 3 billion names using information from census data to immigrant ship manifests and birth and death certificates to make them currently searchable on any home computer.