The Stranger In My Genes – Amazing DNA Journey by CNBC Host – Now 20% OFF

CNBC Host Bill Griffeth was shocked by a recent DNA test - get his new book Stranger In My Genes at a 20% discount at Genealogy Bargains!

I absolutely LOVE books about personal journeys especially when they involve DNA testing and unexpected results!  If you are a fan of these types of books like I am, you must read The Stranger In My Genes by CNBC host Bill Griffeth.  And I have a special 20% discount offer for you on the hardcover and ebook version – this book is not even available yet on Amazon!

From the American Ancestors website:

“Bill Griffeth, longtime genealogy buff, takes a DNA test that has an unexpected outcome: “If the results were correct, it meant that the family I had spent years documenting was not my own.” Bill undertakes a quest to solve the mystery of his origins, a quest which will shake his sense of identity. As he takes us on his journey, we learn about choices made by his ancestors, parents, and others–and we see Bill measure and weigh his own difficult choices as he confronts the past.”

About the Author Bill Griffeth

Bill Griffeth is one of the country’s longest serving and most respected financial journalists on TV. He began covering Wall Street in 1981 on the Financial News Network (FNN). In 1991 he joined CNBC where he has anchored a number of programs, most recently Closing Bell from the New York Stock Exchange. Since 2003, his hobby has been genealogy, and he has traveled tens of thousands of miles in the U.S. and Europe researching his and his wife’s family histories. He currently serves as a Trustee of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. Bill and his wife, Cindy, have two grown children.

Review by Mary Tedesco, co-host of The Genealogy Roadshow on PBS

From the American Ancestors website:

“A courageous personal account, The Stranger in My Genes brings science and genealogy together in a powerful story of family secrets. Bill Griffeth has infused his passion for the unfettered truth into his riveting revelation. I couldn’t put it down.”

More News about The Stranger In My Genes

Click here for a recent post at CNBC entitled “CNBC anchor Bill Griffeth got the shock of his life after a simple DNA test” and click here for a recent article at Vita Brevis with additional info from the author about writing The Stranger In My Genes.

20% OFF – The Stranger In My Genes

Now, through a special offer with American Ancestors, you can get the hardcover edition (was $29.95), now just $23.96. And the e-book version (was  $24.99), for just $19.99.  Note: Amazon’s price is still $29.99, only on pre-order and no discount! Click here to save – via American Ancestors

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Who Is Your Favorite Rockstar Genealogist? 2016 Voting Now Open

It's time once again to vote for your favorite rockstar genealogist! Who, in your opinion, is a "must see" when it comes to genealogy lectures and webinars?

Once again, John D. Reid over at Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections is hosting the annual Rockstar Genealogist voting. This is the fifth year for the survey and John has compiled a list of genealogy lecturers, authors and educators based on submitted nominations from his readers. Click here to read the post and access the link to cast your vote.

rock star genealogists

You’ll find names of genealogists that you already know, but many that you don’t know. My suggestion is that you take a minute or two and take a name you don’t know and search for them on Google. Find out more about their focus area in genealogy and what makes them a rockstar genealogist!

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Splog Alert – Blogarama Violating Copyright

Stop Content Theft

[UPDATE 12:56 pm CDT: That was fast!  It took about one minute after posting this for my content to be removed!  A victory for the people!]

I’m sure this how the folks at Blogarama kicked around their money making scheme to steal content from and others:

“Hey kids!  I have an idea! Let’s set up a blog directory where we just steal content from other bloggers, like genealogy bloggers, and create a “feed” – they’ll love that right? And when people click on the “copied” article we won’t send them to the original post right away, we’ll just create another page on where they can get all the content. It will save them the hassle of visiting the original site.  Sound good?”

No.  It doesn’t sound good.  And it is fairly obvious that these content stealers at Blogarama know what they are doing: their Contact Us page is blank.  And their contact info through the WHOIS service is “sheilded.”

Won’t Blog Content Stealers Like Blogarama Ever Learn?

Well it just seems that sploggers don’t understand.  We’ve got a new one on the horizon called Blogarama and I urge all members of GeneaBloggers to look at the site and see if their content has been misused and their copyright violated.

Blogarama is posting blog content in violation of copyright by a) not properly linking back to the original post and in some cases b) disregarding the Creative Commons licensing provisions.

As I stated above, there is no contact information for the owners of Blogarama so I guess I’ll have to shame them publicly through this blog post and social media.

What Can You Do?

Since we have little recourse due to the lack of contact information and the WHOIS registry for Blogarama lists a “privacy protection” service, here is what you can do:

  • Contact the hosting company – Enom – for the Blogarama site. Send your email to with a cease and desist notice and tell them that your original content is being used and your copyright violated.  Ask them to either force Blogarama to remove your content or to shut down the site.
  • File a DMCA complaint with the advertisers used by Blogarama and hit them where it hurts – in the pocketbook.:Click here to file a DMCA complaint online with Google AdSense.Contact their advertiser at and ask them to remove Blogarama as an affiliate due to copyright violations.


All readers of GeneaBloggers know – as do our members – that it isn’t playing fair when you have to steal content from others who have worked so hard to document their genealogy journey.

Don’t forget our resource page on Blog Copyright and Content Theft!

GeneaBloggers will always fight the good fight against opportunists like Blogarama who want to ride the current wave of popularity surrounding family history and only take from our community without giving back.

© 2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.