About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

500 Best Genealogy & Family History Tips – 2015 Edition Now Available in PDF

Thomas MacEntee's latest best-selling ebook - 500 Best Genealogy & Family History Tips - 2015 Edition - is now available in PDF from Legacy Family Tree.

My latest ebook – 500 Best Genealogy & Family History Tips – 2015 Edition – is now available in PDF format from Legacy Family Tree! And to celebrate, Legacy has created a special coupon for my fans and followers! Click here and use promo code 500best10 to get 10% off your copy today! This coupon is good through Sunday 15 March 2015.

500 Best Genealogy & Family History Tips was released on 25 November 2014 as an Amazon Kindle ebook (click here if you want to buy the Kindle version). It has frequently been on the Amazon best-seller lists in the genealogy category and has helped many genealogists with their research.

More About 500 Best Genealogy & Family History Tips

500 Best Genealogy & Family History Tips could best be described as a “brain dump” of me, Thomas MacEntee, and my many years of knowledge about genealogy and family history. Basically what I’ve done is to extract my favorite tips and tricks from over 85 presentations, 10 books and numerous articles. In addition, I’ve reviewed the social media posts and conversations from Facebook, Twitter and other platforms to highlight those issues most important to today’s genealogists.

What will you find in this “best tips” guide? Everything from practical ways to use Google, advice on protecting your privacy online, information about secret or little known resources for genealogy research, and more. The best way to use this guide is to browse the Table of Contents to find a topic of interest. Also simply search the book when trying to find a solution to a problem, such as how to cite a source or locate an app to generate bibliographic information.

500 Best Genealogy & Family History Tips covers a wide range of topics including:

  • genealogy research methodology and strategy
  • how to use websites such as Google and Internet Archive to find your ancestors
  • realizing the power of Facebook, Evernote and Pinterest for genealogy
    preserving family photos and stories
  • staying safe using social media
  • how to secure your genealogy data on your computer and in the cloud
  • and more!

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee.  All rights reserved.

Genealogy Bargains for Monday 2 March 2015

50% Off ALL T-Shirts at Zazzle – 12 hour sale! From 7am – 7pm ONLY, so act fast – you get all t-shirts for half-price. Check out all the neat t-shirts at the GeneaBloggers store! Use promo code EARLYTEEDEAL – via Zazzle.

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Monday, March 2, 2015

New Deals

61% Off Photive 50 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger – was $69.95, now only $26.95 – charge multiple devices including iPhone, iPad, tablets, smartphones and more all at once – and super fast! – via Amazon.

Expiring TODAY!

  • Save 10% on all products at Legacy Family Tree – use webinar coupon code google15 – for 10% off anything at Family Tree Webinars or Legacy Family Tree, valid through Monday, March 2, 2015.

Ongoing Deals

 FREE webinar recording – Silent Voices: Tips and Tricks for Tracing Female Ancestors by Lisa A. Alzo – in celebration of National Women’s History Month and her Fearless Females series, Lisa is making the recording of her webinar available for free!

	Save 75% on automatic data backup with iDrive! This amazing deal with 1TB of storage for multiple devices is available once again! You pay only $14.88 for the first year instead of $59.99 – via The In-Depth Genealogist

$20 off Kindle Ereader – only $59! Now with touchscreen display, 20% faster processor, and twice the storage! Via Amazon

FREE Online Genealogy Classes at the Family History Library - listing for March and April 2015 - sign up now! - via Family Search Research Wiki

40% to 50% Off Genealogy Books – sale at Genealogical Publishing Company.

Save 70% on Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians by Chris Paton – I met the author Chris Paton last year while teaching on a genealogy cruise in Australia. I heard several of his lectures and I can tell you this: the man know his stuff and is a wealth of knowledge on UK, Scottish, and Irish genealogy!

  • 20% off all Internet Genealogy publications! We’ve negotiated a special standing discount with Internet Genealogy magazine – 20% off all items! Keep in mind that there’s more than just back issues of this popular genealogy magazine . . . you can find quick sheets, special “find your ancestor” publications such as Tracing Your European Ancestors and more. Use promo code TM201520% to save!

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Monday, 2 March 2015

Mar 2, 1965. The perennially popular family film musical, starring Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp, premiered on this date at New York City. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, the film won five Oscars, including awards for Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Wise).

Mar 2, 1965. The perennially popular family film musical, starring Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp, premiered on this date at New York City. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, the film won five Oscars, including awards for Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Wise).


Today is Monday, 2 March 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Dr. Suess Day, Texas Independence Day
    Telecommuter Appreciation Week begins, and The “Sound of Music” film debut – 50th Anniversary.
  • Later this afternoon, don’t miss MIITY team member Wendy Mathias’ interview with Kristin Cleage Williams of Finding Eliza from our popular series May I Introduce To You.

Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of  The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.

March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?


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