Genealogy Update for Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Genealogy Update for Tuesday, September 25th, 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
Tuesday, September 25, 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, September 25th, 2018:

New Update on the Issue

If you haven’t been in the loop on the issues involving the new website People Legacy ( and how it has misappropriated user content from the Find A Grave website (, then visit Abundant Genealogy for the latest news. Here’s what is going on in a nutshell:

  • Most images have been removed from the actual records at People Legacy; however the images still remain in the search results with the watermark.
  • We’ve received feedback from several users that only the US-based memorials from Find A Grave are appearing on People Legacy. My theory: if it is true that the People Legacy site is originating out of Cyprus – a European Union (EU) country – they may be trying to avoid prosecution of EU copyright laws by not including any content outside of the United States. It is more difficult for a US-based business like (parent company of Find A Grave) to go after copyright violators overseas.
  • Also, some Find A Grave users have reported inaccuracies in information when comparing their memorials with the records posted at People Legacy. Some of the information is out of date by as much as a year. This leads me to believe that the actual “spidering” or acquisition of the content was NOT recent and may have happened a year ago. Bringing People Legacy online was timed to coincide with the phasing out of the “old” Find A Grave platform and transition to the new platform. People Legacy may have wanted to capitalize on some dissatisfaction by genealogists with the new Find A Grave platform.

Is It Me or Is It “Quiet” in the Online Genealogy Community?

Besides the People Legacy controversy, it has been a rather quiet month in the online genealogy and family history community. I get this feeling that there will be some BIG announcements starting October 1st since it marks the start of Family History Month here in the United States. I’ve seen a lack of DNA sales and promotions and not much chatter on Facebook and other social media sites. Anyone want to make a prediction as to the next big announcement for genealogy?

What’s On Sale Today at Genealogy Bargains

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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.