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.

The Genealogy Fairy™ – Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Genealogy Fairy is a genealogy-focused grants program working to make family history dreams come true!

My new community-focused venture, The Genealogy Fairy™, is now accepting grant applications from organizations and individuals. For more information on The Genealogy Fairy™ concept, read more here. To submit your application, click here.

The Genealogy Fairy™ Application Process

If you have a genealogy-focused project that requires financial assistance to bring to fruition, consider applying for a grant from The Genealogy Fairy™. Here is an overview of the process:

  • Applications accepted starting 1 August 2015.
  • The first grant(s) will be awarded on 15 September 2015, and monthly grant awards will be announced on the 15th of each month.
  • The maximum grant award amount is $500 per project.
  • Applications not awarded a grant will remain active for a period of six (6) months. Applicants will be notified when their application has expired and can re-submit an application.

Who Can Apply for a Grant?

The Genealogy Fairy™ grants are open to all genealogical and historical organizations, especially non-profits, and to individual genealogists who seek to fund specific projects related to genealogy and family history. Examples include:

  • Indexing projects or record preservation efforts led by organizations and/or individuals.
  • Genealogy society events such as workshops, conferences, and webinars.
  • Business and entrepreneurial launches, especially genealogy-related startups.
  • Publishing projects for organizations and individuals.
  • Continuing education for individuals in order to build specific skill sets.

Consulting Hours Option in Lieu of Cash Award

Several genealogy society leaders have asked if I would consider donating a specific amount of time to provide advice instead of an outright cash grant. The Genealogy Fairy™ program will award up to ten (10) hours of consulting time (value = $50 per hour) to a qualified organization or individual. See The Genealogy Fairy – Genealogy Grants Program for more info.

How You Can Support The Genealogy Fairy™ Program

While direct donations are not accepted, when you use any of the links at Genealogy Bargains (http://genealogy.bargains) to purchase genealogy books, software and supplies, 5% of those sales goes directly to funding of grants at The Genealogy Fairy™.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Genealogy Bargains for Saturday 1 August 2015

FREE Webinar Recording – Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery – by Melvin Collier – available now through August 7th – via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Saturday, August 1, 2015

New Genealogy Deals


Ongoing Genealogy Deals

Storyboard Your Family History - free webinar by Lisa Alzo now available for limited time

  • Storyboard Your Family History – free webinar by Lisa Alzo now available for limited time as a FREE recording! Expires Tuesday August 4th – via Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

10% Off Photo and Slide Scanning – use promo code Thomas2015 and save – via Larsen Digital

  • 15¢ Photo Scanning to Digital Format – Exclusive Offer for Fans and Friends of GeneaBloggers: Converting photos to digital has never been easier! Just send in your loose photos to Larsen Digital and they will put them on a disc for just 15¢ per photo! Now is the time to stop procrastinating and pull out your boxes of photos and finally get them all converted to digital. All you need to do is get them to Larsen Digital and they will take care of the rest- creating high quality digital images from all your photos. Click here for the PDF form with instructions on how to take advantage of this great offer! EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 15th!

The latest bargains and freebies related to genealogy and family history from MyHeritage, Family Tree Magazine and more - new listings for Thurs 12 March 2015!

  • SPECIAL DISCOUNT on Evidentia Software – for fans and followers of Genealogy Bargains – use promo code HIDEFGEN at checkout and get 15% off the list price – you pay $25.49 instead of $29.99 – via Evidentia

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