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 25 March 2015

UPDATE on Ancestry.com AARP Discount

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Deals

UPDATE on Ancestry.com AARP Discount: Ancestry.com has just informed me that a new agreement has been signed with AARP and a discount on Ancestry.com’s World Explorer subscription will continue to be available. There are some restrictions that you need to understand. Please review the parameters below before calling Ancestry.com and requesting the discount:

  • You must be a current member of AARP and have your AARP membership number available.
  • The AARP discount applies to World Explorer memberships only.
  • The discount applies to new memberships as well as renewals.
  • You can only use this offer ONE TIME. If you have used the AARP discount in the past, you cannot renew your current membership using the discount.
  • In addition, Ancestry.com no longer offers 3-month or 1 year memberships; this means the AARP offer is good for the 1-month and 6-month membership products.

Click here for more information.

Save 92% on Hiding the Past - A Genealogical Crime Mystery - by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, part of The Forensic Genealogist Series - normally $12.99 paperback, now $.99 e-book via Amazon

Expiring Deals

FREE Webinar – Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence – with Chris Staats – Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1pm Central – SIGN UP TODAY – via Legacy Family Tree.

  • FREE Webinar – Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence – with Chris Staats – Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1pm Central – SIGN UP TODAY – via Legacy Family Tree.Direct evidence, the sort of evidence that completely answers a research question by itself, is often scarce. Without any documents telling us exactly what we want to know, how do we identify relationships that might not be stated explicitly, resolve conflicts between records, and arrive at sound genealogical conclusions? By collecting, analyzing, and correlating indirect evidence of course! The Henry McGinnis family of 19th century rural Pennsylvania provides a good example of using mostly indirect evidence to reconstruct a family which left precious little for descendants to work with.

Ongoing Deals

Save over 30% on Audio Tape Digital Transfer – are you sitting on a pile of cassette tapes containing interviews of family members? Want to convert them to digital files so you can preserve them? Larsen Digital has an AMAZING SALE right now – convert an entire cassette tape (sides A and B) for $14.99 each (normally $21.99 each). Click here to get started and select the conversion type you need. PLUS use promo code THOMAS2015 and get an additional 10% off! Offer ends March 29th – via Larsen Digital

  • Save over 30% on Audio Tape Digital Transfer – are you sitting on a pile of cassette tapes containing interviews of family members? Want to convert them to digital files so you can preserve them? Larsen Digital has an AMAZING SALE right now – convert an entire cassette tape (sides A and B) for $14.99 each (normally $21.99 each). Click here to get started and select the conversion type you need. PLUS use promo code THOMAS2015 and get an additional 10% off! Offer ends March 29th – via Larsen Digital

30% all items at Genealogical Publishing Company – use promo code SS30 at checkout – via Genealogical Publishing Company

The latest bargains and freebies related to genealogy and family history from MyHeritage, Family Tree Magazine and more - new listings for Thurs 12 March 2015!

  • SPECIAL DISCOUNT on Evidentia Software – for fans and followers of Genealogy Bargains – use promo code HIDEFGEN at checkout and get 15% off the list price – you pay $25.49 instead of $29.99 – via Evidentia

“Evidentia not only solves the problems facing the genealogy community, but also simplifies the process of analyzing evidence and creating proof arguments while still following the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).” There is also a FREE 14-day trial available! If you haven’t checked out this amazing software, you really it owe to yourself and your genealogy research to do so!

And there are several great sale items – like Chris Paton’s British and Irish Newspapers e-book now only $3.95 (prices are in Australian Dollars – so for those of us in the United States this is an even better bargain ($1 AUD = $0.77 USD)!

And there are several great sale items – like Chris Paton’s British and Irish Newspapers e-book now only $3.95 (prices are in Australian Dollars – so for those of us in the United States this is an even better bargain ($1 AUD = $0.77 USD)!

10% Off Photo and Slide Scanning – use promo code Thomas2015 and save – via Larsen Digital

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!

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Mar 25, 1911. At about 4: 45 PM, fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company at New York, NY, minutes before the seamstresses were to go home. Some workers were fatally burned while others leaped to their deaths from the windows of the 10-story building. The fire lasted only 18 minutes but left 146 workers dead, most of them young immigrant women. Some of the deaths were a direct result of workers being trapped on the ninth floor by a locked door. Labor law forbade locking factory doors while employees were at work, and owners of the company were indicted on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter. The tragic fire became a turning point in labor history, bringing about reforms in health and safety laws.


Today is Wednesday, 25 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: Bed In For Peace – Anniversary, Lady Day or Feast of The Annunciation, Maryland Day, National Medal of Honor Day, Pecan Day, Slave Trade Abolished by England – Anniversary, Triangle Shirtwaist Fire – Anniversary, and Waffle Day – Sweden.

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 25: Tell how a female ancestor interacted with her children. Was she loving or supportive? A disciplinarian? A bit of both?


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NEW! GeneaBloggers Favorite Family Photo Competition

Enter the GeneaBloggers Favorite Family Photo Competition and use a favorite photo to tell a story - you could win a free photo restoration from Repixl

Faded photographs of family members from long ago. Their stories live on in your heart and in your memory. Now is the time to preserve both photos and stories while sharing them with other family members.

Repixl is offering a new (and FREE) Photo Stories platform that allows you to upload a photo and then provide the story behind the photo. The process of submitting a story is so easy that Repixl is hosting an exciting competition – your entry could win a free photo restoration valued at £8.99 ($13.24 USD). Click here to visit the new Photo Stories page at Repixl to get started.

How to Enter

Visit the following link, and submit your photo & story:
http://www.repixl.com/geneabloggers-favorite-family-photo-competition/#_l_5j

There is no limit to the number of photo stories that can be submitted per person in the GeneaBloggers Favorite Family Photo Competition.

The competition ends at 12:00 noon Central (GMT -6) on Monday 13th April 2015. Winners will be announced on Friday 17th April.

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