Genealogy Update for Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

FamilySearch adds new German records to its FREE collection of over 8 BILLION records. Find out at the Genealogy Update for Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 from 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
Wednesday, November 21, 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, November 21st, 2018:

FamilySearch Lutheran records

FamilySearch this week adds an astounding 79.5 million indexed Lutheran records from Germany and over 1 million more records from the 1901 Ireland Census!

Amid all the Black Friday sales and genealogy stuff you could spend money on, it is nice to hear about a HUGE freebie like this: Family Search has added an astounding 79.5 million indexed Lutheran records from Germany, and almost 1 million more from the Ireland 1901 Census. These new additions to the 8 BILLION free record collection at FamilySearch will keep me and many genealogists busy over the holiday weekend.

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

Whether it is the battle over fresh cranberry sauce vs. the “canned” version or who gets to sit where . . . every family has at least one tradition that is part of Thanksgiving. Have you taken the time to document and preserve your family’s Thanksgiving traditions much like you would (and should) with a family story?

Happy Thanksgiving

Here in the United States, we celebrate the national holiday of Thanksgiving, giving thanks for the abundance of the harvest and successes of the year. I want to wish all my followers who will be sharing a meal with family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving.

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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Now thru Monday, November 26th, save 50% on all DNA Boot Camp & Midwest DNA digital downloads during the Black Friday Sale at Hack Genealogy!

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    • Using Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, and X-DNA for Genealogy Research
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Visit and use promo code BLACKFRIDAY when you check out. Remember, this sale is valid through Monday, November 26th, 2018.

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.