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 – Monday 28 July 2014

July 28, 1914. Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife were assassinated at Sarajevo, Bosnia, by a Serbian nationalist June 28, 1914, touching off the conflict that became WWI. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia July 28, the formal beginning of the war. Within weeks, Germany entered the war on the side of Austria-Hungary, and Russia, France and Great Britain entered on the side of Serbia.
Today is Monday 28 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: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Birthday – 85th Anniversary, Singing Telegram – Anniversary, Veterans Bonus Army Eviction – Anniversary, and World War I Begins – 100th Anniversary.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Sunday 27 July 2014

July 27. Anne Hutchinson Memorial, Founders’ Brook Park, Portsmouth, RI (weather permitting— no rain day). An annual gathering to honor Anne Marbury Hutchinson (1591– 1643), cofounder of Pocasset (Portsmouth), RI, in 1638. Wife, mother of 16, midwife, religious leader, she was a caretaker of and spiritual leader to women in Puritan Boston. Anne Hutchinson helped shape the tradition of free speech and religious tolerance that has become so important to modern Americans. Annually, on a Sunday before or after Anne Hutchinson’s baptismal anniversary, July 20, 1591.
Today is Sunday 27 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: Anne Hutchison Memorial Day, Aunties Day, Insulin First Isolated – Anniversary, Korean Conflict Armistice – Anniversary, and Parents Day (US).
  • Each Sunday, Olive Tree Genealogy offers a new blogging prompt under the heading Tattle Tales. This week’s prompt: First Loss. If you write your own blog and you are participating in this challenge, please use the hashtag #52SharingMemor.

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FREE Access to UK Records on Ancestry.co.uk – This Weekend Only

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This weekend only, 26-27 July 2014, you can get access to over 1 BILLION UK records for free at Ancestry.co.uk. Click here to get started.

For US residents, the link does work if you set up an account using the UK site. If you already have a World subscription at Ancestry.com, you aren’t getting anything new – you already have access to these records.

But for those of you with a US-only subscription OR without any current Ancestry subscription, this is a good way to “cross the pond” and get access to records. I was able to fully test the site and I could get access to my Leehive records and download them.


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