Genealogy Update for Thursday, September 27, 2018

Genealogy Update for Thursday, September 27th, 2018 featuring genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy

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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Thursday, September 27, 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 27th, 2018:

How Do You Handle The “Dark Side” of Your Family History?

There’s been quite a bit of posting over at Facebook, as usual, about US politics and particularly the Senate hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. I’m not looking to get into a political discussion in the genealogy community, but with women (and men) coming forward to tell their own stories of sexual assault and abuse, the situation brings forth an interesting question. How do you handle certain family stories or discoveries concerning uncomfortable topics such as rape, murder, domestic violence, alcoholism, and more?

In 2013, I wrote an article entitled Family History Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone which is posted HERE over at the Family History Daily. I discuss some of the ways you can handle a variety of “uncomfortable” information about family members (deceased as well as living) that you encounter during the research process.

In addition, what do you do (or have you done) about your own recollections of uncomfortable situations? Have you documented these instances in writing or some fixed format such as an audio recording? What is the value of doing so? And once documented, what do you intend to do with the content?

Have You Backed Up Your Genealogy Research?

Did you catch the recent article posted online, and circulating among the genealogy community over at Facebook, about how the valued historic newspaper website Fulton History was hacked? And how it was “held hostage” by the Russian hackers?

The article – Grondahl: Russian hackers no match for digital archivist – was published on Tuesday, September 25th, in the Times Union newspaper (Albany, New York) and highlights not just the hacking incident, but the work of Tom Tryniski in digitizing over 44 million historic newspaper articles. Luckily, thanks to numerous data backups, Tryniski was able to restore access to the Fulton History website in short order.

In reading the article, many genealogists have become concerned about their own research and whether it is properly preserved for generations to come. Are you ready to seriously tackle the issue of “future proofing” your years of genealogy work? If so, check out today’s updated article Money Saving Resources for Preserving Family Photos, Slides and Home Movies over at Abundant Genealogy.

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:

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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.