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, 24 April 2015

On 24 April 1800, Congress approved an act providing “for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress... and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them.” Thus began one of the world’s greatest libraries.

On 24 April 1800, Congress approved an act providing “for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress… and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them.” Thus began one of the world’s greatest libraries.


Today is Friday, 24 April 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Armenian Genocide Begins – 100th Anniversary, Easter Rising (Ireland) – Anniversary, Library of Congress Founded – Anniversary, and National Arbor Day.

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Contest: Win a JPASS from JSTOR

Enter the JSTOR JPASS Giveaway this week - win a one-month JPASS valued at $19.50 USD!

To celebrate the new series of columns at JSTOR Daily by Genealogy Roadshow host D. Joshua Taylor, GeneaBloggers and JSTOR have teamed up to give away a one-month JPASS!

What is JPASS? JPASS gives you access to more than 1,800 academic journals on JSTOR. If you don’t have access to JSTOR through a school or public library, consider JPASS your personal digital library.

Read Josh’s first JSTOR Daily article The Genealogy Factor: Graveyards & Gravestones to see how you can use JSTOR for your genealogy and family history research!

The JPASS prize is a $19.50 value and here is what you get:

  • Access everything in the JPASS Collection
  • Read the full-text of every article
  • Save up to 10 article downloads (PDFs) to keep forever

Click here to enter today!

And then take JPASS for a test drive! Visit http://jpass.jstor.org/freetrial and sign up to get three complimentary downloads!

Melissa Etheridge featured on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

Melissa Etheridge digs into her French roots and finds a family shaken by a scandalous lawsuit on Who Do You Think You Are?, this Sunday, April 26th at 10/9c on TLC.

Melissa Etheridge digs into her French roots and finds a family shaken by a scandalous lawsuit; a turbulent relationship entangled with tragedy; and an adventuresome ancestor who prospered in colonial America. A new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? airs this Sunday, April 26 at 10/9c on TLC.

Melissa goes on a journey to uncover her father’s maternal roots. She finds French Canadian ancestors who were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit against a man who got their teenage daughter pregnant and refused to marry her; but Melissa discovers there’s more to their story than she thought. Then she follows the trail of her 5x great-grandfather to colonial America, where he was a prosperous businessman and navigated the tumultuous times of the Revolutionary War.

The Melissa Etheridge episode airs on Sunday 26 April 2015, 10:00 pm Eastern / 9:00 pm Central on TLC. Check your local television listings for the exact time in your location.

Photo credit: Photo courtesy of TLC. Used by permission.

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