Genealogy Update for Monday, September 17, 2018

Genealogy Update for Monday, September 17th, 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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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Monday, September 17, 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, September 17th, 2018:

FREE WEBINAR 25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know

If you’re new to the genealogy and family history community you may not realize how important education is to successfully finding your ancestors. Legacy Family Tree Webinars is the leading provider of quality genealogy webinars with over 1,000 webinars now available in their library of topics. And the best part? Every LIVE webinar is FREE when it is streamed online!

This Wednesday, September 19th, you have the opportunity to learn from genealogy author and expert Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist on how to improve your research productivity. Visit to get the registration link for 25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know and you’ll be on that path to success!

And what if you can’t attend the live webinar? No worries . . . each webinar at Legacy Family Tree is recorded and the recording is made available for FREE for a seven day period. Use the same link to register for the webinar to access the recording starting on Thursday, September 19th.

Reclaim The Records wins the New York State Birth Index, 1881-1942

An amazing group of public records activists led by Brooke Schreier Ganz in New York, known as Reclaim the Records, has racked up another victory for all genealogists and family historians. They’ve won their latest lawsuit and have successfully published the first free online copy of the New York State birth index, for the years 1881-1942!

As with past victories to liberate important genealogical records and make them freely available to researchers, Reclaim the Records went through the process of filing a Freedom of Information request followed up with a lawsuit to get the New York State Department of Health to comply with public records laws.

Please visit Reclaim the Records at and learn more about this amazing group of activists who have made more than 20 million records available so far. And please consider supporting them through donations or volunteering your time!

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:

  • Flip-Pal mobile scanner just $179 USD plus FREE SHIPPING! “The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is the world’s original scanner for photos, large and fragile documents, and cherished memorabilia that does not require a computer to operate. Battery powered and stores files stored on an SD card. Keep your memories safe using patented flip-and-scan technology. Fragile documents are treated safely on the flatbed rather than fed through a sheet feeder. Take the lid off, flip the scanner over, and use the window to frame the original.”
  • 90% off iDrive automatic online backup: normally $69.50 per year, you get the first year of 2TB cloud storage for just $6.95! Once you’ve scanned all those family photos, you need to have a data backup right? This is a “set it and forget it” program like Carbonite but much better: you can backup your mobile devices and even Facebook images!

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.