Genealogy Update for Thursday, October 25, 2018

Genealogy Update for Thursday, October 25th, 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 25, 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 25th, 2018:

Does Get Preferential Treatment and Access to Public Records?

An interesting item in BuzzFeed.News this week features my colleague Brooke Schreier Ganz, the founder of the nonprofit group Reclaim the Records, and a lawsuit filed against the New York State Department of Health. In it you’ll find a discussion as to whether or not large genealogy data vendors such as get preferential access and pricing for access to public records used by genealogists and family historians.

The goal of Reclaim the Records, according to Ganz, is to fight “overzealous restrictions on public records access” and to ensure that there is a level playing ground when requesting these records. In addition, Ganz notes that many times once Reclaim the Records has filed suit to access records, then makes them available via public domain, genealogy vendors such as will add the index to their database holdings, behind a subscription paywall of course.

Ganz adds: “It’s clear that there are some companies that are making huge profits by privatizing public data. This is public data, it’s paid [for] by our taxes and housed in government buildings. . .”

Check out the article at and head over to the Reclaim the Records page on Facebook to support their good work.

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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.