Genealogy Update for Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Big news from Family Search: over 8 million new records PLUS Patricia Heaton announced as RootsTech 2019 keynote speaker! Genealogy Update for Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 by genealogy expert 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
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

This is Thomas MacEntee with Abundant Genealogy and here are the genealogy and family history-related items you need to know for today, Wednesday, December 12th, 2018:

FamilySearch adds 8 million indexed records from Ireland, England, Peru, the United States, and Ukraine - all available for FREE!

FamilySearch adds 8 million indexed records from Ireland, England, Peru, the United States, and Ukraine – all available for FREE!

A HUGE announcement yesterday from Family Search: they’ve added over 8 million records to their online holdings including 4.4 million images from the 1911 Ireland Census!

In addition, you’ll find new records for Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Washington, West Virginia, and the United States Veterans Administration. Click HERE to review the entire listing of new records and learn how to access them via Family Search.

Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton, star of Everybody Loves Raymond, will be a featured keynote speaker at RootsTech 2019 on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah

RootsTech Announces Award-Winning Actress Patricia Heaton as Keynote Speaker

Now here is some news that is HOT off the press – literally about one hour old! Emmy-award winning actress Patricia Heaton, star of Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle, has just been announced as one of the keynote speakers for the RootsTech 2019 event in Salt Lake City, Utah from February 28th – March 2nd, 2019.

She joins Saroo Brierley, the inspiration for the movie “Lion,” and ukulele master musician Jake Shimabukuro who were previously announced as keynote speakers for Rootstech – the leading genealogy and family history event in the United States.

I hope to see you at RootsTech in 2019 where I’ll be presenting two lectures and trying to get the inside scoop on the genealogy market from industry leaders. Click HERE to read the entire press release over at Abundant Genealogy.

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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.