FREE Ebooks for Genealogy and Technology – Sunday 23 November 2014

free kindle ebooks at geneabloggers

Here is a list of free Kindle ebooks from Amazon, as compiled for Sunday 23 November 2014. Don’t forget to act fast – many of these books are only offered for free for today only! That means if you have the “1-Click” feature turned on at Amazon, check to make sure the book is free before purchasing!

Don’t have a Kindle? Don’t worry . . . you can load the free Amazon Kindle App and read Kindle books on your smart phone, tablet or desktop PC. Click here for more information.

Kindle Buffet: Find and download the best free books, magazines and newspapers for your Kindle, iPhone, iPad or Android
Kindle Buffet: Find and download the best free books, magazines and newspapers for your Kindle, iPhone, iPad or Android by Steve Weber ($5.95 value)

The Quick Guide to Cloud Computing and Cyber Security
The Quick Guide to Cloud Computing and Cyber Security by Marcia R.T. Pistorius ($2.99 value)

Evernote: Unleashed! Remember Anything, Accomplish Any Goal, Get More Done
Evernote: Unleashed! Remember Anything, Accomplish Any Goal, Get More Done by Jason Bracht ($0.99 value)

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And don’t forget to bookmark this link – it lists the Top 100 FREE Kindle Books on Amazon.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

AncestryDNA Launches “DNA Circles”

AncestryDNA DNA Circles

Today, AncestryDNA announced improved DNA Matching including a new feature: DNA Circles. From the website on the DNA tab:

We’ve completely re-written the book on how DNA matches are determined, creating new and improved ways to identify genetic relationships. What this means is that our matching is far more accurate with far fewer low confidence matches.

Here is the full announcement on the blog:

Here is a screen shot of the DNA Circles information which is listed as being in BETA:

Description of new AncestryDNA feature, DNA Circles

DNA Circles

In order to access the new DNA Circles as it applies to your own data, you must be an subscriber and maintain a Public Tree linked to your DNA results. (Note: DNA results that did not require a subscription for before this update, still do not require a subscription – just the new features now require an subscription.)

Sample of DNA Circles at AncestryDNA

Currently, I am not included in any DNA Circles, but I am certain this will change over time as more relatives are tested and data is compiled.

New DNA Matching Algorithm

Other changes include better DNA matching which will result in the number of matches in your DNA tab. If you feel you’ve “lost” matches – DON’T PANIC! This is not the case! I think Blaine Bettinger at The Genetic Genealogist describes it much better than I can – so check out Goodbye False Positives! AncestryDNA Updates its Matching Algorithm for more information.

Old DNA Matches on AncestryDNA

UPDATE: I just heard from that the ability to download old DNA matches is now available! 

Finally, my contacts at have told me that users will be able to download old DNA matches for a limited time.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

FREE Genealogy Data Backup Report – November 2014

Today is November 1st - and the first day of each month is Data Backup Day in the genealogy community. Get your free Genealogy Data Backup Report!

Today, November 1, 2014, is the first of the month which means it is Data Backup Day. Do you know where your genealogy data is?

What Does Thomas Use for Data Backup?

You may have heard about my own personal data disaster this past week (if not, keep reading this post . . .). When I follow my own advice, my system of data backup is a combination of Dropbox which is cloud storage, and an external hard drive. The hard drive I use is the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive shown below. I LOVE IT – it runs through a USB connection so there’s no independent power source needed. It is light and portable so I can take it with me on research trips if needed. PLUS . . . right now the price dropped another $10 over last month – it is just $59 USD! Click below for more information and to purchase yours.

Genealogy Data Backup Report

To mark Data Backup Day, each month GeneaBloggers publishes a FREE PDF report – Genealogy Data Backup Report – filled with tips and advice on making sure that your genealogy data is secure. In the coming months, each report will contain reviews of external hard drives, USB flash drives, and cloud backup services. Also, we’ll provide easy-to-follow instructions on making sure you backup all of your genealogy data, like emails from other researchers, your Internet bookmarks and favorites and more . . .

The November issue of the Genealogy Data Backup Report tells my personal story of data loss over the past few weeks. Also included is a review of online backup services including BackBlaze and Carbonite.

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Backing up all of our data – including our genealogy research data – is a responsibility that can’t be ignored. Because of my own negligence, I’m now spending 30 hours reconstructing data that I’ve lost since mid-August 2014. Imagine the brick walls I might be able to break down if I were to use those 30 hours towards genealogy research instead!

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.