Genealogy Update for Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Genealogy Update for Wednesday, October 10th, 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
Wednesday, October 10, 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, October 10th, 2018:

What Is Your “Exit Strategy” for Your Genealogy Data?

Yesterday we mentioned the demise of Google Plus, the social media platform launched in 2011 by Google which never really gained any traction. Between now and August 2019 when the plug will be pulled on Google Plus, users will need to extract and download as much of their content as possible (and if possible).

Google has a track record of “phasing out” apps and services (remember Google Reader and Google Wave?) and the truth is the same with any provider: you never know when some online service that you find useful will be bought out, incorporated into another program, or flat out shut down.

We’ve seen this in the genealogy and family history community as well: which was owned by shutdown after a 90-day notice to users. Mocavo was acquired by Findmypast and terminated.

So here’s my question to you: do you have an “exit strategy” for your genealogy data that you have uploaded to a site such as Find A Grave or Ancestry or even Blogger? If you were given only a 30-day notice, would you be able to gather all of your data and export it in a format that is useful? The truth is, you should ALWAYS know how to back out of any program where you’ve uploaded data PLUS you should already have the data backed up on your computer.

And remember that sometimes there is no notice: the recent temporary shutdown of Rootsweb while servers were being rebuilt left many genealogists and genealogy societies with NO ACCESS to their content.

So, do you have an exit strategy for your genealogy data?

Genealogy Gift Ideas for the Giving and the Getting

I hate to mention it really, but it is almost that time of year when we think about gift giving whether it is for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or perhaps Festivus. It is never too early to start dropping hints to your spouse, partner, children and grandchildren as to what genealogy book, app or gadget you’d love to receive. In addition, don’t forget that your years of genealogy work can make great gifts for friends and families in the form of photo books, custom printed family trees, and even pillows, mugs, blankets and more.

This week I’ll be asking followers over at Abundant Genealogy ( two questions:

  • What item would you most like to receive this holiday season that would help further your genealogy research?
  • What item would you give a friend or family member to help them better understand their own family history?

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:

  • FREE WEBINAR In Search of My Brother’s Mother – An Adoption Story presented by Beth Foulk, Wednesday, October 10th, 7:00 pm Central – “I always knew my brother was adopted. It wasn’t a big deal within our little family.. So when our Mother passed, and the adoption files were uncovered after more than 50 years in the back of a closet, I couldn’t have imagined the journey we’d embark on. Pull up a chair. I’ll tell you the story….genealogy research and all.”
  • End of Summer Sale at MyHeritage DNA – $59 USD!For just $59 USD you can get the popular autosomal DNA test kit similar to AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA and other DNA testing companies. You’ll have access to more ethnicities than any other major vendor PLUS receive your results much faster than other companies. Limited Time Offer – DON’T DELAY!

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.

1 Comment on "Genealogy Update for Wednesday, October 10, 2018"

  1. Donna Boehm | 10 October 2018 at 11:38 am |

    I was looking on ancestrydna for old pictures of my parents , grand and great grand parents . I got all these relatives I had never even heard the names before and I smelled a rat. I found out at 58 my dad was not my dad . My mother keep this from me . I told her I forgave her but I dont think I ever will she died 6 months later. I could not go to her funeral i paid for everything but i could not make myself go. 4 years later i am making small breakthroughs while going to theraphy. Be careful and be prepared to be shocked .

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