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 1 August 2014

Aug 1, 1790. The first census revealed that there were 3,939,326 citizens in the 16 states and the Ohio Territory. The US has taken a census every 10 years since 1790.
Today is Friday, 1 August 2014, and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Data Backup Day, Colorado: Admission Day, Emancipation of 500 – Anniversary, First US Census – Anniversary, Francis Scott Key’s Birthday – Anniversary, MTV Premieres – Anniversary, and World Wide Web – Anniversary.

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Throwback Thursday – RootsTech 2011

virutal presentations roundtable - rootstech 2011

I stumbled upon a link to several RootsTech 2011 presentations that were livestreamed including this one below. The topic is Virtual Presentations Roundtable with me as the moderator and panelists Geoff Rasmussen, Maureen Taylor, Lisa Louise Cooke and Pat Richley-Erickson (DearMYRTLE).  Enjoy! (Note: Video will play automatically . . . .)

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Thursday 31 July 2014

On 31 July 1790, the first US patent office opened its doors. The first patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a new method of making potash.
Today is Thursday 31 July 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: First US Government Building – Anniversary, National Chili Dog Day, and US Patent Office Opens – Anniversary.

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