New documentary digs deep into the ancestry industry

CreetJuliaThe family history business is booming. English Professor Julia Creet explores the bigger picture behind the ancestry industry in her new documentary, Data Mining the Deceased: Ancestry and the Business of Family.

Filmed in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Iceland, the documentary takes a look at people’s motivations behind the business of genealogy, from individuals to industry, from amateur genealogists to experts, from for-profit to religious groups. In the process, Creet discovers the privacy and ownership concerns over the collection, aggregation and transfer of vast amounts of information – about the living and the dead – within and across borders.

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