Julia Creet, an Associate Professor of English at York University in Toronto, is currently working on a genealogy of genealogy, a documentary and book project that looks at the industry behind the “innate” need to know one’s past.
In 2011 she received a grant of $52,870 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for that study.
The proposal made in obtaining the grant is not online. There is a YouTube video of interest at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgcr7y2ACRw&sns=em
Other articles by Prof Creet that give an indication of her thinking are: The Archive and the Uncanny (pdf) and Transnational archives: the Canadian case.