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 Bargains for Saturday 4 July 2015

	Save up to 60% on Flash Drives! Remember that using a flash drive is part of the “3-2-1 backup” methodology and allows you to store your data in a secure place such as a fire safe. These PNY Turbo Flash Drives are HUGE – the 128GB drive is normally $69.99 and now only $34.99 via Amazon.

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Saturday, July 4, 2015

New Deals

  • Save up to 60% on Flash Drives! Remember that using a flash drive is part of the “3-2-1 backup” methodology and allows you to store your data in a secure place such as a fire safe. These PNY Turbo Flash Drives are HUGE – the 128GB drive is normally $69.99 and now only $34.99 via Amazon.

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FREE ACCESS at Ancestry.com this weekend! Free access to more than 160 million birth, marriage, death, and divorce records from the original 13 colonies – ends July 5th via Ancestry

Save 17.76% on all items at Zazzle! Create customized items using family photo or purchase genealogy fun stuff! Use promo code CELEBRATEUSA now through July 4th.

Ongoing Deals

	20% off AncestryDNA kit – sale ends July 6th – via Ancestry

FREE 8.5" x 11.25" photo book! $34.99 value. Offer ends July 14th – via MyPublisher

 Free access to The Great Migration database at American Ancestors – now through July 8th, the New England Historic Genealogical Society has opened up access to its entire set of Great Migration materials, representing all immigrants to New England, 1620-1640 – via American Ancestors

	FREE access to Revolutionary War records at fold3 – now through July 15th, access Revolutionary War Pensions, Revolutionary War Service Records and more!

Win a FREE AncestryDNA Kit – enter to win in this contest from GeneaBloggers and you could be on your way to locating new cousins and breaking down brick walls! Valued at $99 USD via GeneaBloggers.

  • Win a FREE AncestryDNA Kit – enter to win in this contest from GeneaBloggers and you could be on your way to locating new cousins and breaking down brick walls! Valued at $99 USD via GeneaBloggers.

Save 30% on Elizabeth Shown Mills' new QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research Evidence! Style – use promo code SS30 at checkout - this code is good for ALL items at Genealogical Publishing Company

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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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Saturday, 4 July 2015

July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress: “Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress, John Hancock, President, Attest, Charles Thomson, Secretary.” The official signing occurred Aug 2, 1776. The manuscript journals of the Congress for that date state: “The declaration of independence being engrossed and compared at the table was signed by the members.”

July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress: “Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress, John Hancock, President, Attest, Charles Thomson, Secretary.” The official signing occurred Aug 2, 1776. The manuscript journals of the Congress for that date state: “The declaration of independence being engrossed and compared at the table was signed by the members.”


Today is Saturday, 4 July 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: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Death – Anniversary, Declaration of Independence approved and signed – Anniversary, Rube Goldberg’s Birthday – Anniversary, Ann Landers / Dear Abby Birthday – Anniversary, Lou Gehrig Day – Anniversary, Tour de France starts, and Tuskegee Institute Opens – Anniversary.

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