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 Events – Week of 23-30 January 2015

Get the latest news on genealogy blogging events for the week of 23-30 January 2015, right here at GeneaBloggers.
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:

  • 23 January: Elizabeth Blackwell Awarded MD degree – Anniversary, John Hancock’s Birthday – Anniversary, National Handwriting Day, National Pie Day, 20th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified – Anniversary, and 24th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified – Anniversary.
  • 24 January: Belly Laugh Day, John Belushi’s Birthday – Anniversary, California Gold Discovery – Anniversary, and Edith Wharton’s Birthday – Anniversary.
  • 25 January: Around The World In 72 Days – Anniversary, Burns Night – Robert Burns’ Birthday – Anniversary, Catholic Schools Week Begins (US), Clean Out Your Inbox Week, First Winter Olympics – Anniversary, Macintosh Debuts – Anniversary, Saint Dwynen’s Day, and World Leprosy Day.
  • 26 January: Australia Day (Australia), Admission Day – Michigan, Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, and Dental Drill Patent – Anniversary.
  • 27 January: Apollo 1 Spacecraft Fire – Anniversary, Auschwitz Liberated – 70th Anniversary, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Birthday – Anniversary, National Geographic Society Founded – Anniversary, Thomas Crapper Day, and International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
  • 28 January: Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion – Anniversary, Data Privacy Day, and Jackson Pollack’s Birthday – Anniversary.
  • 29 January: Curmudgeons Day – W.C. Fields’ Birthday, Freethinker’s Day – Thomas Paine’s Birthday, and Admission Day – Kansas.
  • 30 January: Beatles’ Last Concert – Anniversary, Bloody Sunday – Anniversary, Gandhi Assassinated – Anniversary, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Birthday – Anniversary.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Friday, 23 January 2015

In honor of John Hancock's birthday and famous signature on the Declaration of Independence, National Handwriting Day is on 23 January 2015.
Today is Friday, 23 January 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Elizabeth Blackwell Awarded MD degree – Anniversary, John Hancock’s Birthday – Anniversary, National Handwriting Day, National Pie Day, 20th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified – Anniversary, and 24th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified – Anniversary.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Thursday, 22 January 2015

Jan 22, 1968. Actually the name of this NBC comedy was “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” Funny men Dan Rowan and Dick Martin hosted the show, but they seemed staid next to the show’s other regulars, most of whom were young unknowns, including Dennis Allen, Chelsea Brown, Judy Carne, Ruth Buzzi, Ann Elder, Richard Dawson, Teresa Graves, Arte Johnson, Goldie Hawn, Alan Sues, Jo Anne Worley and Lily Tomlin. The show moved fast from gag to gag, with heads popping out of bushes or doors in the big wall. The show brought a new energy to comedy as well as new phrases to our vocabulary (“ You bet your sweet bippy,” “Sock it to me”). The last telecast was May 14, 1973.Today is Thursday, 22 January 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: Allied Landing at Anzio – Anniversary, Laugh In Premiere – Anniversary, and Saint Vincent – Feast Day.

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