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 – Saturday, 13 September 2014

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Today is Saturday, 13 September 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: “The Muppet Show” Television Premiere – Anniversary, Walter Reed’s Birthday – Anniversary, “Soap” Television Premiere – Anniversary, Star Spangled Banner – 200th Anniversary, and US Capital Established at New York – Anniversary.
  • Have you checked out our group on Facebook? Each day we’re posting valuable blogging resources and members are asking questions about the best ways to run their blogs. Come join us!

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Wanted: Focus Group Participants for New Genealogy Education Product

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We want to invite you to a sneak peek of our latest project in genealogy education. We’re only able to invite 12 people.  We’re looking for those who are not only committed to learning and improving their genealogy skills, but you can also give honest feedback on the product and the process involved. Basically, if selected, you would be a member of a focus group for this new product.

In exchange for your participation in a “compressed” three-week version of a six-week program, you’ll be the first to be part of an exciting, collaborative group coaching environment focused on using genealogy research logs and citing sources.

What’s the Commitment?

The commitment is not burdensome, but there is some work involved.  Basically you’ll need to do the following:

  • Agree to a non-disclosure agreement and terms of services that protects the information shared during the three-week period. Once the program is completed, you can tell others about the program and your experience.
  • Participate in three GoToMeeting sessions (similar to webinars) on Monday evenings (Central time) September 22, September 29 and October 6, 2014. These session will be recorded and you’ll have access to the recordings during the three-week period and in the future.
  • Complete two “homework” assignments involving genealogy research, recording your research and citing sources. You can work on your own or with other members participating in this process.
  • Join a Closed Group on Facebook where you’ll access files, share resources and collaborate with the other members of the group.
  • Provide feedback at the end of the process including recommendations on a product price point and future topics.

Minimum Participant Requirements

If you’re truly interested in being part of this group, you’ll need to meet these minimum requirements:

  • Understand how to attend a webinar. You should feel comfortable connecting to the GoToWebinar/GoToMeeting platform used by most genealogy education providers. While a headset/microphone and webcam are not required, they will make it easier to participate in the Online Sessions.
  • Have a Facebook account. You’ll need a Facebook account to access the Facebook Closed Group – this is where assignment documents are uploaded and shared, questions are asked, and most coaching takes place.
  • Be committed to collaboration. You’ll need to check in periodically on Facebook to review the latest conversations and be willing to provide your insights as well as ask questions.

What Do You Get?

Besides the sneak preview of this product, here is what you’ll accomplish:

  1. Learn how to use a research log that suits your research habits.
  2. Understand the basics of source citations and become efficient at creating citations on the fly.
  3. Maintain good research habits and adapt them when encountering new records sets.
  4. Receive constructive and helpful feedback.
  5. Have fun!

If you are interested and can make the commitment, please email us at geneabloggers@gmail.com and provide your name and briefly state why you are interested. We’ll make our selection by Wednesday 17 September 2014.

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Genealogy Blogging Events – Week of 12-19 September 2014

Genealogy Blogging Events - Week of 12-19 September 2014
Here is a list of events and goings-on in the world of genealogy blogging. Here’s what is happening in the coming week:

Daze of the Week!

Here are some upcoming dates to look out for so you can plan your genealogy and family history blog posts for next week:

  • 12 September: Defenders Day – Maryland, “Lassie” TV Premiere – 60th Anniversary, and Jesse Owens’ Birthday – Anniversary.
  • 13 September: “The Muppet Show” Television Premiere – Anniversary, Walter Reed’s Birthday – Anniversary, “Soap” Television Premiere – Anniversary, Star Spangled Banner – 200th Anniversary, and US Capital Established at New York – Anniversary.
  • 14 September: “The Golden Girls” Television Premiere – Anniversary, President William McKinley Assassination – Anniversary, Miss America Pageant, and The Waltons TV Premiere – Anniversary.
  • 15 September: 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing – 50th Anniversary, Battle of Britain – Anniversary, Agatha Christie’s Birthday – Anniversary, James Fenimore Cooper’s Birthday – 225th Anniversary and National Hispanic Heritage Month begins.
  • 16 September: Anne Bradstreet Day, Allen Funt’s Birthday – 100th Anniversary, Independence Day – Mexico, Mayflower Day, and Old Ironsides Saved By a Poem – Anniversary.
  • 17 September: Battle of Antietam – Anniversary, “Bewitched” Television Premiere – 50th Anniversary, Constitution Day – United States, “The Fugitive” Television Premiere – Anniversary, and “M*A*S*H” Television Premiere – Anniversary.
  • 18 September: “The Addams Family” Television Premiere – 50th Anniversary, Hull House Opens – 125th Anniversary, Train vs. Horse Race – Anniversary, US Air Force Established – Anniversary, and US Capitol Cornerstone Laid – Anniversary.
  • 19 September: International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Jamestown Burned by Bacon’s Rebellion – Anniversary, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” Television Premiere – Anniversary, and National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

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