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 Ancestry.com founders and Family Search executives), and professional and amateur family historians round out this timely and essential study.
"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