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.

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Friday, 31 October 2014

Oct 31, 1941. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial was completed after 14 years of work. First suggested by Jonah Robinson of the South Dakota State Historical Society, the memorial was dedicated in 1925, and work began in 1927. The memorial contains sculptures of the heads of four US presidents— George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The 60-foot-tall sculptures represent, respectively, the nation’s founding, political philosophy, preservation and expansion and conservation.
Today is Friday, 31 October 2014, and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Car Talk Radio Show Premiere – Anniversary, Frankenstein Friday, Halloween, Mount Rushmore Completed – Anniversary, and Admission Day – Nevada.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Thursday, 30 October 2014

Oct 30, 1938. As part of a series of radio dramas based on famous novels, Orson Welles with the Mercury Players produced H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds. Near panic resulted when listeners believed the simulated news bulletins, which described a Martian invasion of New Jersey, to be real.
Today is Thursday, 30 October 2014, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: John Adams’ Birthday – Anniversary, Checklist Day, Create a Great Funeral Day, Devil’s Night and War of the Worlds Broadcast – 75th Anniversary.

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Finding Your Roots – Season 2 – Episode 6 – Now Available for Online Viewing

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In the new season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS, this week’s episode featured Angela Bassett, Valerie Jarrett and Nas. The episode is entitled We Come From People and can now be viewed online – click here to access the video.

Upcoming Episodes of Finding Your Roots

The seventh episode of Season 2, entitled Our People, Our Traditions, is scheduled for next Tuesday evening, 4 November 2014, and features Alan Dershowitz, Carole King and Tony Kushner. Check the listings for your local PBS station – most stations will air the episode at 8:00 pm.

Here is the remaining schedule for Season 2:

4 November 2014
Our People, Our Traditions
Alan Dershowitz, Carole King and Tony Kushner

11 November 2014
The British Are Coming
Deepak Chopra, Sally Field and Sting

18 November 2014
Ancient Roots
Tina Fey, George Stephanopoulos and David Sedaris

25 November 2014
Decoding our Past Through DNA
Jessica Alba, Anderson Cooper, Valerie Jarrett, Governor Deval Patrick, and more

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