Genealogy Update for Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Genealogy Update for Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 featuring genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee of Abundant Genealogy

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Genealogy Update Alexa Briefing
Wednesday, October 3, 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 3rd, 2018:

Genealogy Update on Vacation

A quick update for my listeners: I won’t be posting an update again until Monday, October 8th. My Fall speaking tour has started and I’m off to speaking in Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday, October 4th at the Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference. I’m looking forward to meeting up with 200 of my colleagues in the genealogy and family history field as I present a lecture on repurposing content for your genealogy business. You can learn more by visiting

After a quick trip home to Chicago, it is off once again, this time to Northern California! I’ll be speaking at the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society’s 2018 Fall Seminar in Pleasant Hill, California on Saturday, October 6th. I’ll be presenting some of my most popular lectures including:

  • Genealogy Do-over: A Year of Learning From My Mistakes
  • Successful Cluster and Collateral Searching
  • They’re Alive! Searching for Living Persons
  • How Do I Know What I Don’t Know? Fast-tracking Your Genealogy Education

Did you know that I travel over 25,000 miles around the world each year delivering genealogy presentations? That is in addition to more than 20 online webinars I teach each year. If your genealogy society or library is interested in having me talk at your next event, visit Abundant Genealogy and click the Work With Me button on the menu ( for details.

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 30% on Researching Difficult DNA Matches & Understanding Ethnicity Estimates Digital Download – if you missed the amazing DNA Boot Camp featuring DNA expert Mary Eberle on September 29th, here is your chance to purchase the digital download and save 30% off the list price!

    Best Tools for Researching Difficult DNA Matches: Have a really strong DNA match, but that the person doesn’t even have a name, let alone a tree? This webinar covers both free and subscription-based websites to help your detective work. It also covers the clues that can be used to figure out who matches are, where they’re from, and other important information. These new insights into your mystery can help you figure out your connection to them and place them in your family tree.

    Understanding Ethnicity Estimates: Think that ethnicity estimates provided by DNA testing don’t help, they’re wrong, or at best, they’re just fun? Learn how and when your ethnicity estimates can be useful. This talk will cover 1) how ethnicity estimates are generated and the ancestral timeframe they reflect; 2) differences between the DNA testing companies;  and 3) how to identify situations in which they can be very helpful. Several case studies where ethnicity estimates helped solve the genealogy mystery at hand will be covered.

    With this digital download, you get both recorded webinars totaling almost 3 hours of genealogy education, and 10 pages of handouts! SPECIAL LOW PRICE of $19.99 now through 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.