Genealogy Update for Monday, October 8, 2018

Genealogy Update for Monday, October 8th, 2018 featuring genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy

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

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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Monday, October 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, Monday, October 8th, 2018:

How Do You Plan to Celebrate Family History Month?

Many genealogical societies will be hosting various events including one-day seminars and workshops during October 2018 in celebration of Family History Month. This past weekend I had the honor of speaking at the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society in Pleasant Hill, California. What a great bunch of enthusiastic family historians! My lectures included:

  • How Do I Know What I Don’t Know? Fast-tracking Your Genealogy Education
  • Successful Cluster and Collateral Searching
  • The Genealogy Do-over: A Year of Learning From My Mistakes
  • They’re Alive: Searching for Living Persons

Have you checked out the upcoming events at your local or state genealogical society? To get started visit the Federation of Genealogical Societies homepage at to find a society and also visit Conference Keeper at for a list of upcoming Family History Month events in your area!

How Safe is Your Genealogy Research?

Today is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 and the second week of October has been designated as National Fire Prevention Week. Over the weekend while I was in California I was made aware of the severe danger that fire can present to our genealogy research:

  • One of the seminar attendees told me how she lost ALL of her research in a house fire two years ago and had to start over!
  • This weekend was the first anniversary of the horrific North Bay Fires in Sonoma and Napa counties that killed 44 people and cost over $14.5 billion in damages.
  • And there was a 4,000 acre brush fire in Solano County not far from where I was staying . . . the sky was filled with smoke and I could tell that given past experience, people were nervous to say the least.

What steps have you taken to prepare your genealogical research for a disaster, whether it is fire, flood or some other mishap? Have you started to digitize family photos, diaries, letters and other precious heirlooms? Have you backed up your genealogy data with at least one backup residing in the “cloud” or at least away from your computer? NOW is the time to get busy with a “genealogy disaster preparedness” plan and make sure that your years of family history work does not get lost in an instant!

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 40% off Genealogy Cheat Sheets at Family Tree Magazine! “Family Tree Magazine is celebrating Family History month in a big way. Every week, Family Tree Shop will have exclusive savings and deals. The deal changes each week, so check back to see the new sale every Sunday. This week save 40% on all cheat sheets! Prices are as marked but don’t wait, this sale ends Saturday!

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.