Genealogy Update for Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Genealogy Update for Wednesday, September 26th, 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, September 26, 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, September 26th, 2018:

Rumors Abound About

There is lots of chatter – and inaccurate information – about the issue of violating copyright by using Find A Grave content uploaded by Find A Grave members.

Just to clarify, here is my take on these rumors:

  • was NOT created by a group of Find A Grave users dissatisfied with the recent move to the NEW Find A Grave platform and the elimination of the OLD platform. All of my research tells me that the Save Old Find A Grave group on Facebook nor any other group is behind the launch of
  • is NOT a plot by or Find A Grave to test a different interface due to push back on the move to NEW Find A Grave. Yes, it is curious that was announced just as Find A Grave made the move to the new format. However, I feel it is just the creators of capitalizing on the pushback against the NEW Find A Grave.
  • Find A Grave is not going to become a “pay site” just because it was purchased by and they’ve moved to a new format. has committed to making the site free. Anyone purporting to know that this is Ancestry’s strategy needs to produce evidence meaning “put up or shut up.”

I’m always amazed at how a community of genealogy researchers committed to proof and evidence can perpetuate these types of rumors about a genealogy product or company. Again, as I’ve said all along, the process to resolve the issues with is slow but deliberate. I’ll share any news I have when I have it about!

New Product at 23andMe

You may not have seen this new product at 23andMe OR it may be “hiding” from you! This morning I verified that 23andMe is offering a new “Health Lite” + Ancestry Service DNA test kit in addition to their Ancestry Service DNA test kit (an autosomal DNA test similar to AncestryDNA) and the Health + Ancestry Service DNA test kit.

Here’s what is going on as far as I can see:

  • 23andMe has added more reports and extra features, including “carrier status” to their higher end Health + Ancestry Service test. Now there are 90+ health reports and the price has jumped from $199 USD to $229 USD.
  • In addition, there is now a new mid-range product called Health Lite + Ancestry Service priced at $169 USD. This product has 40+ health reports.
  • There are also rumors of a “high end” complete genome mapping product at 23andMe priced at $799 USD. I’ve only seen this pop up once while at the 23andMe site and I think they are selectively marketing this to existing customers to test the waters.

The best part about this new offering? If you click the Health Lite product (scroll down to mid-screen on the 23andMe website), you’ll see that the product is not available BUT you’ll get the full Health Service product for the $169 USD price – and save $60 USD!

Now if you don’t see the new Health Lite product at 23andMe, here’s what I recommend: 1) either delete all your 23andMe cookies from your web browser; or 2) use an “incognito” feature such as Google Chrome’s incognito window.

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 25% on 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service DNA test kit plus get FREE SHIPPING! This offer is difficult to find: 1) SCROLL DOWN at the 23andMe site and it appears as if 23andMe has a NEW product configuration with three different products: Ancestry Service (autosomal DNA test like AncestryDNA), a new Health Lite + Ancestry Service (with 40+ health reports), and the Health + Ancestry Service (with 90+ health reports); 2) SCROLL DOWN and click Health Lite + Ancestry Service and you will see this pop-up message: “GREAT NEWS! You’ve been upgraded to our Health + Ancestry Service at no additional cost since the service you selected (Health Lite + Ancestry Service) is currently unavailable. Please note that you will receive all 90+ reports, but you can opt out of receiving your Carrier Status* and Genetic Health Risk* reports. We encourage you to review relevant information about Carrier Status* and Genetic Health Risk* reports in the link below.” The Health + Ancestry Service product, normally $229 USD now appears as $169 USD in your cart!


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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.