Genealogy Update for Thursday, November 8th, 2018

How are you honoring your World War I ancestor this weekend? Genealogy Update for Thursday, November 8th, 2018 from genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy

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Thursday, November 8, 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 8th, 2018:

100th Anniversary of World War One / The Great War Armistice

Almost 100 years ago, on November 11th, 1918, the armistice which ended World War I / The Great War took effect. The 100th anniversary will be celebrated all weekend with special events leading up to Sunday, November 11th, 2018, which is Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Sunday in the UK and other countries. To follow the events both in person and online in the UK, visit Armistice 2018 – A Nation’s Thank You at To follow similar events in the United States, visit The United States World War One Centennial Commission at And remember when posting about your own World War I / Great War ancestor on social media use hashtag #armistice100.

Finally, many of the major genealogy sites are offering FREE ACCESS to military records all this weekend including Ancestry (US and UK), Findmypast, and MyHeritage. As well, American Ancestors (aka New England Historic Genealogical Society) has free access to over 1.4 Billion names in all its databases this weekend. Fold3 is offering free access to its Native American databases (November is Native American History Month) and Arkiv Digital has total open access to over 80 million of its Swedish records. Check out today’s Daily Update at Genealogy Bargains

CNN article: 69-year-old Dutchman starts legal bid to become 20 years younger

CNN reported this morning that there is a legal bid by a man in the Netherlands to change his legal age by 20 years! Using a strategy similar to what is often used by transgendered people to legally change the gender listed on their birth certificate and other official records, Emile Ratelband’s motivation is a bit different. He is concerned that his age currently discourages him from being hired for certain job openings, not to mention what he perceives as his “attractiveness” on dating sites such as Tinder.

I’ll be following this story closely even though I don’t think much will come of the law suit. Given that it is in the Netherlands, any success would only have implications there and perhaps in the European Union. But have you thought about the implications for genealogy if you were able to change your age legally? For any change from an original birth record, should there be a “breadcrumb trail” listing edits including dates and why the edit was made?

MyHeritage – DNA and Artifacts

One of the biggest announcement made by MyHeritage over the past weekend in Oslo, Norway during the MyHeritage LIVE event was this: soon MyHeritage DNA will provide the ability to have artifacts such as used postage stamps and envelope flaps analyzed for DNA! Over time, this could be a HUGE game changer for genealogists especially as other artifacts are available for analysis including teeth, dentures, toothbrushes, hair, hair brushes and more!

Blaine Bettinger – better known as The Genetic Genealogist – has a good explanation of the impact over at the Genetic Genealogy – Tips and Techniques group on Facebook. One aspect of this new testing ability to keep in mind: how can you be sure that YOUR ancestor who wrote the letter actually licked the stamp or the envelope?

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:

  • American Ancestors: FREE ACCESS to over 1.4 Billion Names at New England Historic Genealogical Society! Valid through Tuesday, November 13th.

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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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.