The Genealogical Sublime (Public History in Historical Perspective) (Paperback)

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Since the early 2000s, genealogy has become a lucrative business, an accelerating online industry, a massive data mining project, and fodder for reality television. But the fact remains that our contemporary fascination with family history cannot be understood independently of the powerful technological tools that aid and abet in the search for traces of blood, belonging, and difference.

In The Genealogical Sublime, Julia Creet traces the histories of the largest, longest-running, most lucrative, and most rapidly growing genealogical databases to delineate a broader history of the industry. As each unique case study reveals, new database and DNA technologies enable an obsessive completeness—the desire to gather all of the world's genealogical records in the interests of life beyond death. Archival research and firsthand interviews with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officials, key industry players (including founders and Family Search executives), and professional and amateur family historians round out this timely and essential study.

About the Author

JULIA CREET is professor of English at York University and director and producer of the 2016 documentary film, Data Mining the Deceased: Ancestry and the Business of Family.

Praise For…

"An engaging overview of the growth and resourcing of family history in North America."—Jerome de Groot, author of Consuming History: Historians and Heritage in Contemporary Popular Culture

"Creet's book provides fascinating background and detail on the events that led to today's marriage of genealogy and technology."—Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781625344809
ISBN-10: 1625344805
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication Date: January 17th, 2020
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Public History in Historical Perspective