Genealogy Update for Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

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

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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

This is Thomas MacEntee with Abundant Genealogy and here are the genealogy and family history-related items you need to know for today, Tuesday, November 13th, 2018:

Does Ancestry Have an UNFAIR Advantage with Access to FREE US Veterans’ Records?

Are you familiar with the good works being done by Reclaim the Records? Led by activist Brooke Schreier Ganz, this organization ensures there is a fair and level playing field when it comes to access to records that SHOULD BE FREE to genealogists and family historians.

Here is the latest battle that Brooke and her group are fighting: access to the Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File from the US Veterans Affairs Department, which according to Reclaim the Records . . .”This is a Veterans Benefits Administration database that provides information on deceased individuals including name, birth and death dates, branch of service, and enlistment and release dates.”

It appears that Ancestry and its site Fold3 were granted EXCLUSIVE access to the BIRLS database back in 2011 and since then they are the ONLY outlet for this information – and behind a PAYWALL of course! This doesn’t seem fair, especially since US taxpayer money is being used to create these types of records and technically they are in the public domain. Click HERE to read the whole story and please consider making a donation – no matter how small – to Reclaim the Records!

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 47% on Klikel Family Tree Display at Amazon!– If you are looking for a way to use your genealogy research and digitized family photos here is a great idea . . . a metallic family tree display from Klikel. While there are many other companies making similar products, the Klikel line are the BEST in terms of construction, durability, and design. My recommendation is to get the Klikel Family Tree Frame Display with 10 Hanging Picture Photo Frames priced at just $39.99 USD!
  • $49 USD for MyHeritage DNA during Thanksgiving Sale – PLUS FREE SHIPPING! Get MyHeritage DNA (the same test as AncestryDNA and other major DNA companies) for only $49 USD! This is the LOWEST PRICE EVER and you don’t need to buy two or more tests like other current DNA promotions! PLUS special pricing for UK, Canada, Australia and other countries during the MyHeritage DNA Holiday Sale!

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.