Genealogy Update for Thursday, November 15th, 2018

The Latest Genealogy News from Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy via Genealogy Update

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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Thursday, November 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, Thursday, November 15th, 2018:

Why I Use MyHeritage to Improve My Family History Research

Very often in my travels and online I am asked “What Do YOU Use for Genealogy Research and Brick Wall Breakthroughs?” here’s what I tell them . . . MyHeritage! As you can imagine many genealogists will ask me questions and want to “pick my brain” in at lectures and on Facebook or other social media. This is another aspect of my job that I love since it gives me an indication of the current issues for genealogists and family historians. One question I get frequently: “Should I be using MyHeritage?” or “What’s the best site to use if I have European ancestry?” or “Why do you like using MyHeritage?”

Read the extensive post at Abundant Genealogy today and also take advantage of an EXCLUSIVE offer to save 50% on MyHeritage.

Trouble Finding Those Female Ancestors? The Archive Lady Offers Help!

The Archive Lady is a bi-weekly series of article written by professional archivist Melissa Barker and published at Abundant Genealogy. This week, she responds to a genealogist’s inquiry about how to locate female ancestors during genealogy research. Head over to Abundant Genealogy to read Melissa’s advice and view some great photos related to Melissa’s Tennessee female ancestors!

NEW Italian Records Collection at FamilySearch

FamilySearch—the largest genealogy organization in the world and one that offers FREE access to content—just announced that it has made available over 150 million Italian historical genealogical records for FREE! This is the largest online collection of its kind! The unprecedented initiative is the result of collaboration between FamilySearch, the Italian government, the Italian State Archives (Direzione Generale per gli Archivi or DGA), and many other archives. The free collections include over 200 years of digitized images of birth, marriage, death, and other significant family history records from all regions of Italy and many other repositories. Search the free Italy collections online at Get the details and tips on how to research your Italian ancestors over at Abundant Genealogy.

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:

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.