The fascination with genealogy is rising and the family history business is booming. Data Mining the Deceased explores what may be the largest historical enterprise in the world and one of the largest data-mining operations, and how it is driven by big religion, big technology and big business.
Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But what holds many of us back from unearthing our family history is uncertainty about how to go about it. Discover which resources you should use and trust, how you should make your way through tangles of public records, and so much more.
Twelve New Zealanders have their DNA tested to help them solve old family mysteries, uncover ancient forbearers and even uncover a fortune or two.
Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. weaves together genealogical detective work with cutting-edge DNA analysis to trace the ancestry of a diverse array of trailblazing public figures. The result is a captivating cross-section of history.