Genealogy Update for Monday, October 15, 2018

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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Monday, October 15, 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, October 15th, 2018:

Senator Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Test Results

This morning many national news outlets have announced that Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has released her DNA test results to the public. You may remember that for several years there has been a controversy surrounding previous statements from Warren that she had Native American heritage. These claims were based on “family stories” and as genealogists we all know that such stories are not always reliable.

It appears that the DNA test results were interpreted by genetic expert Carlos Bustamante, a professor of genetics at Stanford University. In a video posted at Senator Warren’s website, Bustamante states “The facts suggest that you absolutely have a Native American ancestor in your pedigree.” Click HERE for the full report in PDF format.

Don’t count on the release of Warren’s results to end the controversy. Many have surmised that Warren’s move with her Native American heritage is in preparation for a possible run for the US presidency in 2020. Finally, again coming from the perspective of a family historian, I would want the next step to be a documented pedigree researched by a qualified professional genealogist. Doing so would help to quell any doubts about Warren’s ethnic background.

Ancestry Announces New Product – Ancestry Discovery Pack

It seems that Ancestry has announced a new product called Ancestry Discovery Pack, following the lead taken by MyHeritage which in September announced a new product called MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kit sold by UK retailer WH Smith.

The Discovery Pack includes the AncestryDNA test kit PLUS a 6-month US Discovery membership. The sale price for this bundle is currently $99 USD, which is 50% off the regular price of $198 USD if the products and services were purchased separately. This introductory price is valid through Sunday, October 21st and the sale is running in tandem with the AncestryDNA Family History Month Sale with AncestryDNA priced at just $69 USD.

It appears that the Ancestry Discovery Pack is geared towards the US market only at least for now. So what’s next in the DNA and genealogy industry? Since 23andMe and Family Tree DNA do not offer their own genealogy research services, they are left to partnering with a research provider. And Living DNA, the UK-based DNA personal testing service has already announced a partnership with Findmypast so there may be a bundled “discovery” product from those two companies in the near future.

RootsTech 2019 Early Bird Pricing ENDS TODAY!

There’s still time to register for RootsTech 2019 at the early bird rate! If you’re ready to learn the tools and techniques necessary to discover your family story, then purchase your 4-day pass for only $189 if you register by today, Monday, October 15th. Regularly priced at $299, that’s a savings of over $100!

In 2018, the event attracted more than 27,000 attendees from all 50 U.S. states and 47 different countries. RootsTech 2019 will offer attendees a full lineup of inspiring and well-known keynote speakers; over 300 informative sessions, including hands-on computer lab classes taught by industry professionals; interactive activities and helpful exhibitors in the expo hall; and entertaining evening events—all designed to inspire and empower personal family discoveries.

For more information visit our post on RootsTech 2019 over at Abundant Genealogy.

What’s On Sale Today at Genealogy Bargains

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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.