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 – Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Dec 17– 24. Feast of Lights or Feast of Dedication. Festival lasting eight days commemorates victory of Maccabees over Syrians (165 BC) and rededication of Temple of Jerusalem. Begins on Hebrew calendar date Kislev 25, 5775. Began at sundown on Dec 16.
Today is Wednesday 17 December 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: Chanukah, A Christmas Carol Published – Anniversary, and First Airplane Flight – Anniversary.

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New Celebrities Get the Experience of a Lifetime on New Season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” on TLC

TLC has revealed the list of celebrities for the new season of Who Do You Think You Are? which starts on February 24, 2015!

We just received this announcement from our contact over at TLC! Who Do You Think You Are? Executive Producer Lisa Kudrow will appear on ‘The Talk’ where co-host Julie Chen teases her involvement in the show. Below is a clip from the segment as well as a teaser for the upcoming season below.

All-new season set to premiere February 24 

The two-time Emmy nominated series is back with eight new hour-long episodes and a brand new batch of celebrity contributors. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? continues to shed light on the mysterious, and often surprising, family histories of some of America’s famous faces. The season premieres Tuesday, February 24 at 10/9c.

Today TLC announces half of the featured celebrity contributors in the upcoming season, which includes:

  • Julie Chen, who brings the series to China for the first time ever and learns about her grandfather’s brave and generous contributions to his country.
  • Angie Harmon, who meets a family member she didn’t know existed, and learns that he fought under George Washington.
  • Sean Hayes, who travels to Ireland to learn more about his father’s side of the family.
  • Bill Paxton, who reads captivating first-hand accounts of wartime battles in which his four times great grandfather was involved, and walks in his footsteps at the site where he fought a battle in the American Revolution.

Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history resource, is teaming up again with TLC as a sponsor of the upcoming season. As part of the show sponsorship, Ancestry provides exhaustive family history research on each of the featured celebrities, which is used to build out the story of each episode.

Last summer’s season of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? averaged 1.4 million viewers. The series is produced for TLC by Shed Media and Is or Isn’t Entertainment, and is based on an original format created by Wall to Wall Media and Alex Graham. More information can be found at TLC.com/WDYTYA. ‘Like’ Who Do You Think You Are? on Facebook.com/WDYTYA and follow @WDYTYA on Twitter.

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Dec 16, 1773. Anniversary of Boston patriots’ boarding of British vessel at anchor at Boston Harbor. Contents of nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into the harbor.
Today is Tuesday 16 December 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: Jane Austen’s Birthday – Anniversary, Battle of the Bulge – 70th Anniversary, Battle of Nashville – 150th Anniversary, Beethoven’s Birthday – Anniversary, and Boston Tea Party – Anniversary.

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