In England, it was very different.The last quarter of the 19th C is the period when the opposite happened. Antiquarianism became a perjorative word .The amateur antiquarians who wrote the County and parish histories had focused on genealogy .They drew up pedigrees of local landowners, described the descent of the manor, the advowson of the church and the 'important' monuments within it. Most of the population of the parish was omited except as recipients of the alms house founded by so and so in 1465.
The new breed of academic historians (first history journal, published 1886 )disparaged this approach. They focused on the history of the Nation, local history was sidelined.
It wasn't until the mid 20th C that local history started to become 'respectable' in academia again but with a very different approach. (more holistic, not just about a tiny minority of the population. More concerned with the process of change.) Antiquarianism was (and is) still disparaged as ' the dead hand of the 17th century country squire'. To spare you the rest of a long essay on the hows and whys, I believe this has had a knockon effect on amateur 'genealogy' in the UK ie a greater emphasis on family and community history than sometimes appears to me to be the case in the US.