Genealogy Update for Thursday, October 18, 2018

Genealogy Update for Thursday, October 18th, 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
Thursday, October 18, 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, October 18th, 2018:

Shorter Genealogy Updates for the Next Week

I am on a combination vacation/business trip over the course of the next week which means that the regular Genealogy Updates may be a bit shorter in length. I am currently staying at my condo in Palm Springs, California where the weather is sunny and a very warm 90 F! Over the weekend I will be traveling to Mission Viejo, California to speak at the South Orange County California Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Seminar on Saturday, October 20th. I’ll be back in Chicago starting Wednesday next week before I head off to Oslo, Norway for the MyHeritage LIVE! Event November 2-4, 2018!

How Much Do You Spend on Your Genealogy?

A few years ago there was some outrageous economic/market research study done on the genealogy market and here is one statement that really stood out: genealogists spend up to $18,000 USD a year on their genealogy hobby!

Now I find that hard to believe unless the study is factoring in things such as heritage travel to one’s ancestral homeland or research trips. And I don’t think I’ll ever find out the study’s methodology since the price of the study is about $3,000 US!

But here’s my question to you and it is two-fold:

  • Have you ever realistically looked at what you spend in a given year related to your genealogy and family history passion? This includes online subscriptions, memberships to genealogical and historical societies, travel for research trips, purchases of books and webinars, and more.
  • And what discounts would you most like to see in the genealogy market? Think about which items are rarely discounted such as subscription renewals at Would you participate in a loyalty program at a genealogy vendor such as Ancestry which rewarded you with points for purchases of DNA test kits, or indexing records? Much like an airline rewards program, what if you could trade those points in for a discount on a subscription renewal or a free DNA test kit?

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:

  • Spooky savings during MyHeritage DNA Sale – just $59 USD!Uncover your ethnic origins and find new relatives with our simple DNA test. Your DNA reveals your unique heritage — the ethnic groups and geographic regions you originate from PLUS find new relatives you never knew existed through your shared DNA! BONUS! Get FREE SHIPPING when you order 2 or more MyHeritage DNA test kits! No promo code needed – discount calculated at checkout!

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.