Genealogy Update for Thursday, September 20, 2018

Genealogy Update for Thursday, September 20th, 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, September 20, 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, September 20th, 2018:

RootsTech 2019 Registration NOW OPEN!

FamilySearch International has announced that registration for RootsTech 2019 Salt Lake City is now open. RootsTech is a popular 4-day annual family history and technology conference where individuals and families are inspired to discover, share, and preserve their family roots, heritage, and stories. The 2019 conference will be held February 27–March 2, 2019, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 2018, the event attracted more than 27,000 attendees from all 50 U.S. states and 47 different countries.

RootsTech 2019 will offer attendees a full lineup of inspiring and well-known keynote speakers; over 300 informative sessions, including hands-on computer lab classes taught by industry professionals; interactive activities and helpful exhibitors in the expo hall; and entertaining evening events—all designed to inspire and empower personal family discoveries.

Save over 35% on RootsTech 2019 during Special Early Bird Registration! Take advantage of exclusive early bird pricing, and purchase your full conference pass for only $189 USD*! Regularly priced at $299, that’s over $100 USD in savings! Can’t attend the full conference? 1-day passes are only $99 USD. Visit for more information and to register today!

*The price for a 4-Day RootsTech 2019 Pass will increase to $209 USD on October 12th, 2018!

Enter the RootsTech 2019 Giveaway at Genealogy Bargains and Win a FREE RootsTech 4-Day Pass Valued at $299 USD!

Genealogy Bargains has a way for you to go to RootsTech 2019 for FREE!* Enter the RootsTech 2019 Contest at Genealogy Bargains and you could win a 4-Day Pass to RootsTech 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 27 to March 2, 2019, valued at $299 USD!

The winner will get a chance to attend RootsTech 2019 and access to:

  • Over 300 Classes
  • Keynote / General sessions
  • Expo Hall
  • Evening Events

* Note: this pass DOES NOT include any paid lunches or paid labs. In addition, the 4-Day Pass DOES NOT include airfare, hotel or the coverage of any other expenses. If the winner has already registered for RootsTech 2019, the original registration fee will be refunded.

The prize package is valued at $299 USD and you could win this amazing prize if you enter by 11:59 pm CDT on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018. We’ll select one (1) winner no later than 12:00 pm CDT on Monday, September 24th, 2018, and announce the winner over at our Facebook page. Visit Genealogy Bargains to enter!

That’s all there is for now in terms of genealogy and family history news. Check back soon for further updates!

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:

  • FREE RECORDING 25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know presented by Lisa Alzo – “Whether you are searching online databases, trying to obtain information from an uncooperative cousin, or need to streamline your research workflow, this webinar will outline 25 simple hacks you can use to get more genealogy done in less time!” This recording is free through Tuesday, September 25th!
  • HUGE SALE on Amazon Kindle and Amazon Fire Devices – as low as $34.99 USD! Deals, sales, and special offers on Echo & Alexa devices, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Kindles, Amazon Security Cameras, Dash Buttons, and more. You will need an Amazon Prime Membership to access these deals – but don’t worry! Visit Genealogy Bargains for more info on how to get your own Amazon Prime Members and starting saving PLUS get FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING at Amazon! Sale valid through Saturday, September 22nd.


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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.