Genealogy Update for Friday, September 21, 2018

Genealogy Update for Friday, September 21st, 2018 featuring genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy

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

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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Friday, September 21, 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 21st, 2018: Violates Find A Grave Members’ Copyrighted Photos

Recently, I was alerted to a new site called People Legacy ( by many members of the genealogy community. The reason: it appears that People Legacy has used copyrighted photos uploaded to Find A Grave by members of the popular cemetery record and grave memorial website.

Most of the Find A Grave members with whom I’ve had online conversations are outraged not just at the misappropriation of the content they supplied, but many feel violated at how People Legacy has plastered their watermark over most photos, including the faces of beloved ancestors.

So I checked memorials on Find A Grave for my own ancestors, including my grandmother Anna Austin, and the image of her gravestone was littered with the watermark.

So what should you do if your copyrighted photos or the memorials at Find A Grave for your ancestors are affected? Go to Abundant Genealogy and read my in-depth investigation on who is behind People Legacy and what you can do to stop their blatant theft of content. In a nutshell:, the owner of Find A Grave, is very aware of the situation and pursuing various “take down” strategies against People Legacy. For now, it is recommended that you NOT send emails to Ancestry or People Legacy or post messages at the Ancestry Facebook Page since doing so diverts customer service resources when the issue is already being worked on.

Findmypast’s Catholic Heritage Archive grows again!

We just received this exciting news from the folks at Findmypast this morning:

“Church records from Baltimore along with additions to our New York collection, make this a bonanza week for anyone tracing Catholic ancestors in the United States. What’s more, you won’t find these latest releases anywhere else online.”

New Catholic records include:

  • Baltimore Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
  • Baltimore Roman Catholic Parish Marriages
  • Baltimore Roman Catholic Parish Burials
  • Baltimore Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records

Updates to New York Catholic Records include:

  • New York Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms – 787,000 new records!
  • New York Roman Catholic Parish Marriages – 490,000 new records!

Visit Abundant Genealogy for links to these records and the entire Catholic Heritage Collection at Findmypast. Remember that you can search for any record for FREE at Findmypast but you will need a subscription to access a record. And good news – there is a 30% off sale going on right now at Findmypast on ALL SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES!

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 up to 70% on Picture Keeper! Picture Keeper is an amazing device that looks like a simple USB flash drive but it is so much more. Yes, you could buy a cheap flash drive and take the DIY approach but Picture Keeper has an automated system of making sure ALL of your photos are backed up! Right now you can get the 8GB Picture Keeper with 4,000-Photo Capacity, regularly $59.99, for just $17.99! Sale prices also apply to the 4GB, 16GB and 32GB sizes. Sale valid through Sunday, September 23rd.
  • Save 22% with Family Tree Magazine VIP Membership! “Join the Family Tree VIP program today for the advice, tools and resources to power up your genealogy research! With your membership, you get a full year of our genealogists’ favorite magazine, Family Tree, unrestricted access to all of our carefully-researched online articles… plus exclusive savings year-round on books, courses, cheat sheets and more! ”


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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.