Genealogy Update for Monday, November 12th, 2018

What do most genealogists want this holiday season? Find out at the Genealogy Update for Monday, November 12th, 2018 from genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy

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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Monday, November 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, Monday, November 12th, 2018:

Do You Take Advantage of FREE ACCESS Periods at Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage and Other Sites?

This past weekend was one of the biggest FREE ACCESS periods I’ve ever seen in the past 10 years. On Facebook and other social media I kept hearing of success stories with many people finding not only new ancestors, but also new records that they’d never encountered before.

But social media was also filled with posts from people complaining that many of the sites were slow or that records were difficult to find. In fact one colleague told me that if she already has a subscription to a genealogy website, she knows better than to use it during a Free Access weekend. She waits until the site “slows down” to do her research. This is a smart use of resources!

What Is On Your Genealogy “Wish List”

I’m busy working on a Genealogy Gift Guide for the holiday season and I’m wondering what YOU would most like to receive to help you with your family history research? A subscription to an obscure genealogy site? A USB flash drive to store genealogy data? A new laptop or scanner or printer? Head on over to our Abundant Genealogy Group at Facebook and check out the poll – and let us know!

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 50% on a variety of Subscriptions at Findmypast! Did you locate great finds during the Findmypast FREE ACCESS weekend? Want to continue your search and save money? Check out the offers THIS WEEK ONLY at Findmypast. Sale valid through Monday, November 19th, 5:59 pm CST (11:59 pm GMT) and restrictions apply – see the Terms and Conditions for each offer – via Findmypast
  • FREE WEBINAR Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners presented by Rorey Cathcart, Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00 pm – Tracing your Louisiana ancestors can be challenging. Get off to a great start with a brief introduction to her varied legal history, important migration events and blended ethnic influences. Review repositories, unique record collections and vital records access requirement along with strategies for successful research. Click HERE to register for FREE – via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

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.