Genealogy Update for Friday, October 12, 2018

Genealogy Update for Friday, October 12th, 2018 featuring genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy

The Latest Genealogy News from Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy via Genealogy Update

Here is today’s Genealogy Update via Alexa Flash Briefing, the Player (below) and the Episode Notes (PDF below):

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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Friday, October 12, 2018

This is Thomas MacEntee with Abundant Genealogy and here are the genealogy and family history-related items you need to know for today, Friday, October 12th, 2018:

FREE Friday Download at Abundant Genealogy

Earlier this week I mentioned the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 as well as National Fire Prevention Week here in the US. Did you know that family history researcher lost access to all vital records for Cook County, Illinois and Chicago from 1838 to 1871 due to the fire? And due to several fires involving US census records, there is practically no access to the 1890 US Federal Census?

While those new to genealogy might panic or throw up their hands in frustration, if you have been researching for several years you understand the value of “substitute records.” In today’s FREE DOWNLOAD entitled Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disaster and Misfortune, I cover many different types of disasters that can impact your genealogy research PLUS I offer tips and resources for finding substitute records.

Visit Abundant Genealogy at today and take advantage of this freebie!

FREE Online Genealogy Education in October

October is Family History Month and there are two special day-long online education events that are TOTALLY FREE to access. Sign up for these events NOW and remember to login EARLY the day of the event to ensure your seat!

  • BCG Free Day of Quality Genealogy Education – October 19th, 2018: Top genealogists Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, Elissa Scalise Powell, Rebecca Whitman Koford, Thomas W. Jones, and Judy G. Russell will present five one-hour lectures held at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City Friday, 19 October 2018 between 9 AM and 4:30 PM mountain U.S. time. The lectures are free and open to the public (registration is not required), and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. All will be broadcast online thanks to Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Check today’s Genealogy Update post at Abundant Genealogy for a list of topics and a link to register for free.
  • FREE National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair – October 24, 2018: Set your alarms and get ready to LEARN – long distance and virtually, that is. Once again the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is hosting the sixth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm EDT. Viewers can participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts will be available free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience. In addition, video broadcasts and the presentation materials will continue to be available after the live event. Check today’s Genealogy Update post at Abundant Genealogy for a list of topics and more information on how to join this online event on the 24th.

What’s On Sale Today at Genealogy Bargains

Are you familiar with Each day they scour the Internet for new deals of interest to genealogists and family historians. Here are some highlights:

  • Save 74% on Immigrant Ancestry MEGA Collection from Family Tree Magazine! “Many people get interested in genealogy because they want to learn more about where their family came from—specifically, to find out which ancestors came over from the “old country” and when. Most of us have immigrant ancestors floating around our family tree. Whether they sought food, freedom or new opportunities, our forebears made the decision to pick up their possessions and migrate to a new country. However, following their migration route, from place of origin to ports of entry, can be a frustrating task. This MEGA Collection will guide you through immigration records, and help point you to those missing details on your elusive immigrant ancestor.” Trace your elusive immigrant ancestors with 11 resources for 1 unbelievably low price! Regularly $309.90 USD, you pay just $79.99 USD!Sale valid through October 31st.

That’s all there is for now in terms of genealogy and family history news. Check back soon for further updates!


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About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.