Those interested in learning more about genealogy are invited to the viewing of the documentary Data Mining the Deceased at the L&A County Museum & Archives on Saturday, October 20th at 10am.
More than half of North Americans are fascinated by genealogy. Some gain a sense of identity by uncovering their ancestors, their culture, and their country of origin. Others find it disorienting when they discover that their history differs from what they have always believed. But there is another side to the rise in genealogy that goes beyond human interest. It is arguably the largest historical enterprise in the world, and one of the largest data mining operations, driven by big religion, big business and big technology. Data Mining the Deceased is an essay documentary that takes a wry but accepting look at individual and industry stakes in the phenomenon of family history.
Data Mining the Deceased raises the question: Should we be concerned about our bio-data in the international flow and aggregation of vital information about the living and the dead? The documentary will be shown at 10am and will be followed by a question and answer period at 11am conducted by Julia Creet (producer and director of Data Mining the Deceased).
Admission is only $3. For more information visit www.CountyMuseum.ca or call 613-354-3027.