Genealogy Update for Friday, September 14, 2018

Genealogy Update for Friday, September 14th, 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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  • Player: If you don’t have an Alexa voice-activated device, use the player below to listen to today’s Genealogy Update.


  • Episode Notes: The episode notes for Genealogy Update are available for the hearing impaired and for those who may want to share the information in print format. Click HERE for the current episode’s notes or read below.

Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing – Friday, September 14, 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, September 14th, 2018:

Road to RootsTech 2019

Brand new information from RootsTech 2019 which is THE most amazing genealogy and family history event with over 25,000 attendees! RootsTech 2019 will be held February 27 – March 2, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah and I’ll be there presenting several lectures and meeting up with followers.

Check out the brand new informational video series Road to RootsTech in our post today over at Abundant Genealogy ( You’ll get access to the first episode featuring Jen Allen, RootsTech event director, as she reveals what attendees can expect in 2019. Most notable are improvements made in the registration process (remember the long lines from 2018?) and no more badge scanning in each classroom (YES!).

If you haven’t made up your mind yet about RootsTech 2019, you better act soon! Hotel rooms around the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City are quickly filling up and registration opens on September 20th. For all the best information on RootsTech, just visit and search for “rootstech.”

Friday Free Download at Abundant Genealogy

Did you know that every Friday I give away a “genealogy freebie” to help you with your genealogy and family history research? This week was the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America and a few years ago I wrote down my memories of the event so that future generations would know what I experienced and how I reacted. How often have you wanted to memorialize an event or family story, but you have all the info simply stored in your head?

That’s why this week’s Friday Free Download is Remember Me: Lifestreaming and the Modern Genealogist. There has never been a better time for genealogists and family historians to embrace a new storytelling format: lifestreaming. From online diary apps to narrative “wearable” cameras, the technology now available to capture one’s life is amazing. With new ways to tell our own stories, do you have a plan to leave your own legacy?

Remember Me: Lifestreaming and the Modern Genealogist is a 5-page document outlining the reasons why you should be writing your own memories and experiences down into a fixed form (print or digital) along with a list of various platforms and resources utilizing modern technology for memory keeping!

Visit to get your copy AND if you want to access ALL the FREE GENEALOGY RESOURCES at Abundant Genealogy including all of our recent Friday Free Downloads, click Free Genealogy Resources on the menu at Abundant Genealogy.

What’s On Sale Today at Genealogy Bargains

Are you familiar with my other site Each day I scour the Internet for new deals of interest to genealogists and family historians. Here are some highlights from today’s posting:

  • And finally, iDrive is holding an AMAZING 90% off sale! You get 2TB of continuous online backup for just $6.95 USD! And you can even backup all your mobile devices with iDrive! Again, go to Genealogy Bargains to get the special link with the iDrive offer.

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.