Genealogy Update for Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Genealogy Update for Tuesday, October 30th, 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
Tuesday, October 30, 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, October 30th, 2018:

Board for Certification of Genealogists Adopts Standards for DNA Evidence

On 21 October 2018, the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG) approved five modified and seven new standards relating to the use of DNA evidence in genealogical work. BCG also updated the Genealogist’s Code to address the protection of people who provide DNA samples.

I’ve posted the recent press release from BCG over at DNA Bargains and I’m in full support of these new standards. In addition, I would love to see BCG or another organization create a credentialing program for genetic genealogists; perhaps a CGG designation. Currently with DNA and Genealogy being such a hot topic, there is plenty of room for imposter experts and others whose only goals are to make a quick buck and to get media attention.

The standards as listed in the press release are:

  • Planning DNA tests. The first genetic standard describes the qualities of an effective plan for DNA testing including types of tests, testing companies, and analytical tools. It also calls for selecting the individuals based on their DNA’s potential to answer a research question.
  • Analyzing DNA test results. The second genetic standard covers factors that might impact a genetic relationship conclusion, including analysis of pedigrees, documentary research, chromosomal segments, and mutations, markers or regions; also, composition of selected comparative test takers and genetic groups.
  • Extent of DNA evidence. The third genetic standard describes the qualities needed for sufficiently extensive DNA data.
  • Sufficient verifiable data. The fourth genetic standard addresses the verifiability of data used to support conclusions.
  • Integrating DNA and documentary evidence. The fifth genetic standard calls for a combination of DNA and documentary evidence to support a conclusion about a genetic relationship. It also calls for analysis of all types of evidence.
  • Conclusions about genetic relationships. The sixth genetic standard defines the parameters of a genetic relationship and the need for accurate representation of genealogical conclusions.
  • Respect for privacy rights. The seventh genetic standard describes the parameters of informed consent.

Have Attitudes Towards Cemeteries Changed?

Right now in the United States we are in the midst of Halloween celebrations and there is an increased focus on cemeteries. And not in a good way – unfortunately vandalism to headstones greatly increases this time of year.

But have you considered how our attitudes towards cemeteries have changed over the decades? Recently I heard of one cemetery that was not allowed to have an event where people dress as historical figures buried in the graveyard since many saw such a practice as “sacrilegious!”

I wonder what they would think about picnicking with your deceased ancestors at a cemetery? Atlas Obscura has a great article entitled Remembering When Americans Picnicked in Cemeteries which has been shared quite a bit by genealogists over at Facebook and on other social media. It is an interesting read and points out how our ancestors perceived burial grounds.

Do you have any family stories or family history related to specific cemetery practices? Have you worked to document these stories as part of your genealogy research?

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 71% on the Cemetery Research Premium Collection at Family Tree Magazine! “Cemeteries are vital sites for any genealogist’s search. In this collection, you will learn the steps of searching and analyzing ancestors’ graves. Learn how to keep track of your research, the best websites for cemetery research, surprising places to find death details, and much more. Plus, this collection contains handy transcription forms along with care and repair tips to go with expert instruction on everything you need to research an ancestor’s passing.”
  • Save up to 58% on Picture Keeper! Picture Keeper is an amazing device that looks like a simple USB flash drive but it is so much more. Yes, you could buy a cheap flash drive and take the DIY approach but Picture Keeper has an automated system of making sure ALL of your photos are backed up! Right now you can get the 8GB Picture Keeper with 4,000-Photo Capacity, regularly $59.99 USD, for just $24.99 USD! Sale prices also apply to the 4GB, 16GB and 32GB sizes. Sale valid through Wednesday, October 31st.

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.