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, 21 November 2014

Nov 21, 1980. A record 86.6 million viewers watched CBS’s hit drama, “Dallas,” to see who shot villainous tycoon J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman). An unseen assailant had gunned him down on the show’s season finale Mar 21, 1980, and sparked international curiosity, a ubiquitous catch-phrase (“ Who shot J.R.?”) and Las Vegas bets. (Sue Ellen Ewing’s sister, Kristin Shephard, shot J.R.)
Today is Friday, 21 November 2014, and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Who Shot J.R. – Anniversary and World Hello Day.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Thursday, 20 November 2014

Nov 20, 1925. US senator and younger brother of John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the US, was born at Brookline, MA. An assassin shot him at Los Angeles, CA, June 5, 1968, while he was campaigning for the presidential nomination. He died the next day. Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of his murder.
Today is Thursday, 20 November 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: Beaujolais Nouveau Released, Great American Smokeout, Robert Kennedy Birth – Anniversary, Name Your PC Day, and Universal Children’s Day.

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Finding Your Roots – Season 2 – Episode 9 – 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 Tina Fey, George Stephanopoulos and David Sedaris. The episode is entitled Ancient Roots and can now be viewed online – click here to access the video.

Upcoming Episodes of Finding Your Roots

The tenth and final episode of Season 2, entitled Decoding our Past Through DNA, is scheduled for next Tuesday evening, 25 November 2014, and features Jessica Alba, Anderson Cooper, Valerie Jarrett, Governor Deval Patrick and more. 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:

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

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