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 – Thursday, 16 October 2014

America's First Department Store Opens - Anniversary
Today is Thursday, 16 October 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: America’s First Department Store Opens – Anniversary, Dictionary Day, John Brown’s Raid – Anniversary, and World Food Day.

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Finding Your Roots – Season 2 – Episode 4 – Now Available for Online Viewing

finding your roots

In the new season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS, this week’s episode featured Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander and Benjamin Jealous. The episode is entitled Roots of Freedom and can now be viewed online – click here to access the video.

Schedule of Remaining Episodes

The fifth episode of Season 2, entitled The Melting Pot is scheduled for next Tuesday evening, 21 October 2014, features Tom Colicchio, Aarón Sánchez and Ming Tsai. Check the listings for your local PBS station – most stations will air the episode at 8:00 pm.

Here is the remaining schedule for Season 2:

21 October 2014
The Melting Pot
Tom Colicchio, Aarón Sánchez and Ming Tsai

28 October 2014
We Come From People
Angela Bassett, Valerie Jarrett and Nas

4 November 2014
Our People, Our Traditions
Alan Dershowitz, Carole King and Tony Kushner

11 November 2014
The British Are Coming
Deepak Chopra, Sally Field and Sting

18 November 2014
Ancient Roots
Tina Fey, George Stephanopoulos and David Sedaris

25 November 2014
Decoding our Past Through DNA
Jessica Alba, Anderson Cooper, Valerie Jarrett, Governor Deval Patrick, and more

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Wednesday, 15 October 2014

National Cake Decorating Day
Today is Wednesday 15 October 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: First Manned Flight – Anniversary, Hagfish Day, I Love Lucy Debut – Anniversary, National Cake Decorating Day, and National Grouch Day.

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