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 Wednesday 4 March 2015

FREE ACCESS AT FINDMYPAST – a free access weekend, Friday March 6 through Sunday March 9, 2015 with over 2 BILLION records – via FindMyPast

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Deals

  • FREE ACCESS AT FINDMYPAST – a free access weekend, Friday March 6 through Sunday March 9, 2015 with over 2 BILLION records – via FindMyPast

70% Off! Irish Genealogy Premium Collection – a $192.91 value for $69.99 – via Shop Family Tree

  • 70% Off! Irish Genealogy Premium Collection – a $192.91 value for $69.99 – via Shop Family TreeWith this collection, you’ll learn:- What US records can help you find your Irish roots
    – Irish immigrants’ routes to and within the United States
    – Strategies for tracking down Irish ancestors with common names
    – What Irish-American resources are available to researchers
    – Historical background, from the ancient Celts to the Easter Rising of 1916
    – Ireland-specific record sets, including census-substitutes like Griffith’s Valuation
    – Best websites for tracing your roots back on the Emerald Isle
    – Top sites for finding your Irish family post-emigration to the U.S.
    – Leading resources to further your research into Irish records and much more!

SAVE 70%! Historical Maps of Europe Premium Collection – a $197.95 value for $59.99 – via Shop Family Tree

  • SAVE 70%! Historical Maps of Europe Premium Collection – a $197.95 value for $59.99 – via Shop Family TreeWith this kit, you’ll learn:- how to put your research of European ancestors in geographic context
    – how to better understand European geography
    – how to sort out border changes to locate where your family came from
    – what the key immigration time periods were
    – what factors influenced immigrants to leave their homelands
    – what the administrative divisions are for countries in Europe to help you track down records
    – and much more!

Ongoing Deals

FINAL DAYS! Save 30% on Ancestry.com World Subscription if you have an AARP Membership – this offer expires on Wednesday March 4th – via Ancestry.com

Thomas MacEntee's latest best-selling ebook - 500 Best Genealogy & Family History Tips - 2015 Edition - is now available in PDF from Legacy Family Tree.

61% Off Photive 50 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger – was $69.95, now only $26.95 – charge multiple devices including iPhone, iPad, tablets, smartphones and more all at once – and super fast! – via Amazon.

	Save 75% on automatic data backup with iDrive! This amazing deal with 1TB of storage for multiple devices is available once again! You pay only $14.88 for the first year instead of $59.99 – via The In-Depth Genealogist

FREE Online Genealogy Classes at the Family History Library - listing for March and April 2015 - sign up now! - via Family Search Research Wiki

40% to 50% Off Genealogy Books – sale at Genealogical Publishing Company.

Save 70% on Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians by Chris Paton – I met the author Chris Paton last year while teaching on a genealogy cruise in Australia. I heard several of his lectures and I can tell you this: the man know his stuff and is a wealth of knowledge on UK, Scottish, and Irish genealogy!

  • 20% off all Internet Genealogy publications! We’ve negotiated a special standing discount with Internet Genealogy magazine – 20% off all items! Keep in mind that there’s more than just back issues of this popular genealogy magazine . . . you can find quick sheets, special “find your ancestor” publications such as Tracing Your European Ancestors and more. Use promo code TM201520% to save!

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Wednesday, 4 March 2015

King Charles II deeded Pennsylvania to William Penn on March 4, 1681 to satisfy a debt of 16,000 pounds

King Charles II deeded Pennsylvania to William Penn on March 4, 1681 to satisfy a debt of 16,000 pounds


Today is Wednesday, 4 March 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: Casimir Pulaski’s Birthday – Anniversary, Admission Day – Vermont, Pennsylvania Deeded to William Penn, National Grammar Day, Old Inauguration Day, and Town Meeting Day – Vermont.
  • Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month

    Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of  The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.

    March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.


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Ancestry.com AARP Discount – Updated Information

FINAL DAYS! Save 30% on Ancestry.com World Subscription if you have an AARP Membership – this offer expires on Wednesday March 4th – via Ancestry.com

UPDATE:  This is the latest information, dated Tuesday 3 March 2015, from Ancestry.com concerning the AARP discount allowing savings of 30% on a World subscription. Recently there was some confusion as to when the discount expired, whether it would be renewed, and how the discount could be used for existing Ancestry.com members.  Please read the important information below.

AARP Agreement with Ancestry.com

  • The original agreement with AARP was for one-year and we are working to renew that contract now
  • The current agreement with AARP will expire March 31st but we are almost certain we will have the new contact signed by then so members will see no lapse in opportunity to sign up for the discount
  • The contract with AARP does not affect Ancestry’s agreement with our members in offering the discount. Even if the agreement was not renewed with AARP, we will still be offering the discount to our members who already signed up for the time agreed upon

Personal Use of the AARP Discount

  • You can only use the AARP discount of 30% one time (the discount only works for World Explorer)
  • Regardless of what duration of membership you have, the discount will last up to 1-year
  • After receiving a year of the discount, you will be billed at the normal rate
  • If you are already an Ancestry member, simply call into our customer support line no more than 1 month before the end of your contract and we can migrate you over to the AARP discount (if you are monthly we can change you over at any time)
  • You can move over at any point but you will lose the remainder of your current subscription…so better to just wait until it runs out.

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