Genealogy Update for Monday, September 24, 2018

Genealogy Update for Monday, September 24th, 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 24, 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 24th, 2018:

Update on

Here is the latest on the situation with new startup site using copyrighted content from Find A Grave users: you can find an update from Find A Grave over at their blog/news site: Taking action on improper use of material from Find A Grave. The statement is very brief and indicates that they are pursuing the copyright violations vigorously.

I realize that many users are frustrated with having their personal content uploaded to the Find A Grave site stolen and littered with the logo. My recommendation, still, is to sit tight and let Ancestry and Find A Grave handle this. Also understand that any public communication in terms of updates will be brief; they don’t want to reveal their strategy NOR do they want to post anything on social media that could be used in a legal action later on.

Keep checking back at for the latest updates on

DNA Boot Camp

Did you know that periodically I host an online DNA Boot Camp with amazing educational content presented by DNA expert Mary Eberle? We have a brand new half-day event entitled Researching Difficult DNA Matches & Understanding Ethnicity Estimates this Saturday, September 29th and you can still get the early bird registration and save 30%! For just $19.99 USD you get over 3 hours of webinar content plus useful handout materials. And you get access to these materials and the recordings for up to one year after the live online event!

I spoke with Mary last night and here is what she said about the upcoming DNA Boot Camp: “This DNA Boot Camp covers two useful DNA topics: (1) ethnicity estimates, including Ancestry’s updates to their ethnicity estimates and (2) researching difficult DNA matches. Discover how DNA ethnicity estimates can help with your family research. Also learn how to discover who many of your DNA matches are—even if they don’t provide much information. It can be frustrating to have good DNA matches with no trees. But many times, there are clues to extract for determining how your matches are related to you. These two topics will add to your DNA toolbox so you can maximize your DNA testing.”

And I agree! If you’re confused with the latest change in the ethnicity estimates at Ancestry DNA and if you’ve been confused by all the different types of matches from your DNA test results, this boot camp is for you!

Visit Hack Genealogy at or look for today’s post at Genealogy Bargains to register!

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 on MyHeritage DNA! Don’t forget that there are still some DNA sales out there and MyHeritage has the LOWEST price right now both for US and Canadian residents. You can get an autosomal DNA test kit – which is the same basic DNA test sold by 23andMe, AncestryDNA and others – for just $59 USD or $79 CAD. And there’s FREE SHIPPING when you order two or more kits! Also, if you’ve already tested with another company, consider uploading your DNA test data to MyHeritage for FREE . . this offer expires December 1st when MyHeritage will institute a charge for uploading DNA test data.


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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.