Genealogy Update for Monday, October 29, 2018

Genealogy Update for Monday, October 29th, 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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  • 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
Monday, October 29, 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 29th, 2018:

AncestryDNA Warning!

Yesterday I posted an extensive article entitled AncestryDNA Warns Against DNA Test Kits Sold on Amazon by Unauthorized Resellers. Here’s a brief summary and why you need to be careful when purchasing AncestryDNA test kits!

  • Always purchase from the AncestryDNA website when possible. You are guaranteed to get an authentic AncestryDNA test kit and the best possible customer experience.
  • When shopping for AncestryDNA on Amazon, make sure you are purchasing from “AncestryDNA Official” as a seller. There are several third-party sellers that are offering discount prices on Amazon, but they are not officially recognized as resellers by Ancestry.
  • These resellers often purchase large lots of AncestryDNA test kits during a sale (like the recent Family History Month sale when AncestryDNA was priced at just $59 USD), and then resell them via Amazon or Ebay or other sites for anywhere from $69 USD to $89 USD.
  • AncestryDNA has posted the following warning on Amazon listings for AncestryDNA test kits: “WARNING: AncestryDNA highly discourages the purchase of our DNA kit from unauthorized resellers. To ensure the best experience and service, please purchase directly from AncestryDNA Official. DNA kits that are fraudulently purchased and then resold through Amazon may be deactivated by AncestryDNA, and may not be eligible for a refund.”

The article also covers the difference between a reseller and an affiliate for AncestryDNA. Both of my sites DNA Bargains and Genealogy Bargains are official affiliates for AncestryDNA. This means each site must comply with strict marketing and disclosure rules and always delivers official AncestryDNA test kits when purchased.

FREE MyHeritage LIVE Streamed Content

As many of my followers know, I’m headed off to Oslo, Norway mid-week to attend the first ever MyHeritage LIVE event from November 2-4, 2018! And guess what? Content for this user conference will be LIVE STREAMED!

There are three lecture tracks: Genealogy, DNA, and Hands-On Workshops with over 35 individual classes during the two-day event. Besides moderating a panel discussion entitled Panel Discussion: DNA, Genealogy and Privacy, I will also be presenting two lectures: Turning MyHeritage Clues Into Genealogy To Do’s and Newspaper Research Strategies Using MyHeritage.

Visit for more information on live streaming content which will begin Friday, November 2nd for those in Australia and on Saturday, November 3rd for the US, Canada, UK and Europe.

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:

THIS WEEK ONLYSave 40% off the regular price of ALL courses at Research, Write, Connect! You must use coupon code SPOOKY18 at checkout to receive your discount! Sale valid through Thursday, November 1st! Click HERE to save – via Research, Write, Connect!

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.