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, 27 February 2015

On 27 February 1897, opera singer Marian Anderson was born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Anderson’s talent was evident at an early age. Her career stonewalled by the prejudice she encountered in the US, she moved to Europe, where the magnificence of her voice and her versatility as a performer began to establish her as one of the world’s finest contraltos. Preventing Anderson’s performance at Washington’s Constitution Hall in 1939 on the basis of her color, the Daughters of the American Revolution unintentionally secured for her the publicity that would lay the foundation for her success in the States. Her performance was rescheduled, and on 9 April 1939 (Easter Sunday), 75,000 people showed up to hear her sing from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The performance was simultaneously broadcast by radio. In 1955 Anderson became the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera. The following year President Dwight Eisenhower named her a delegate to the United Nations. She performed at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration and in 1963 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Anderson died 8 April 1993, at Portland, Oregon.

On 27 February 1897, opera singer Marian Anderson was born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Anderson’s talent was evident at an early age. Her career stonewalled by the prejudice she encountered in the US, she moved to Europe, where the magnificence of her voice and her versatility as a performer began to establish her as one of the world’s finest contraltos. Preventing Anderson’s performance at Washington’s Constitution Hall in 1939 on the basis of her color, the Daughters of the American Revolution unintentionally secured for her the publicity that would lay the foundation for her success in the States. Her performance was rescheduled, and on 9 April 1939 (Easter Sunday), 75,000 people showed up to hear her sing from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The performance was simultaneously broadcast by radio. In 1955 Anderson became the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera. The following year President Dwight Eisenhower named her a delegate to the United Nations. She performed at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration and in 1963 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Anderson died 8 April 1993, at Portland, Oregon.


Today is Friday, 27 February 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: African Burial Ground National Monument Established – Anniversary, Marian Anderson’s Birthday – Anniversary, 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified, and Elizabeth Taylor’s Birthday – Anniversary.

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Calling All NGS 2015 Bloggers!

Member of GeneaBloggers who are attending the National Genealogical Society conference in May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri, are asked to check in!
Many genealogy bloggers are expected to attend the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, 13-16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri.

Register with GeneaBloggers

If you are an active member of GeneaBloggers and will be attending the conference, please click here to register with us.  The information you enter will ensure that as a member of GeneaBloggers, you receive the extra-special Blogger Beads which this year are sponsored by DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ Worthington (thanks!).

Please do not use this form if your blog is not listed at GeneaBloggers and you are not a member (see http://www.geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ to check listing). If you would like to become a member of GeneaBloggers, please visit http://www.geneabloggers.com/suggest-blog/. Email Thomas MacEntee at geneabloggers@gmail.com with any questions.

History of “Blogger Beads”

While attending FGS 2015/RootsTech in Salt Lake City earlier this month, several of the lifestyle bloggers in the Media Hub asked me how the tradition of genealogy bloggers wearing beads at genealogy conferences got started.

One of the first conferences where I attempted to make the genealogy bloggers noticeable was at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in 2009. That year, I purchased sets of red, white and blue mardi gras beads with palm trees (for the California factor).

SCGS Jamboree 2009 Blogger Beads

Here is why I started the blogger bead tradition:

  • Most genealogy bloggers had only “met” online via their blogs, Geneabloggers and Facebook; at a conference there was no easy way to tell who was a genealogy blogger. The beads helped solve that problem!
  • As a marketing tool, when other attendees saw the beads, they would usually come up to the blogger and ask either “Where did you get those beads?” or “What do the beads mean?” This gave the blogger the opportunity to tell the person about their blog and how it has helped with their genealogy research.

So now, for each of the large genealogy conferences, GeneaBloggers works with fantastic sponsors like DearMyrtle and Cousin Russ, to come up with a different set of blogger beads for members of GeneaBloggers!

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1930 Denmark Census now available on MyHeritage

The census conducted in Denmark in 1930 is now available on MyHeritage, with full images and a complete index of 3.6 million names

[Editor’s Note: we just received this announcement from MyHeritage, sponsor of GeneaBloggers.com. This is great news!]

We are pleased to let you know that the census conducted in Denmark in 1930 is now available on MyHeritage, with full images and a complete index of 3.6 million names. This is the first time this important collection of historical records has been completely digitized and made available online. It was done as part of a large-scale digitization project by MyHeritage under agreement with the National Danish Archives.

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More Information about the 1930 Denmark Census

The 1930 census was conducted in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
The following fields are included and searchable: Given name(s), Surname, Gender, Full birthdate, Residence location, Marital status, Marriage date and Relationship in household. The images contain additional fields such as Birthplace, Occupation, Name and address of the firm or business where employed, and more. In the 1930 census, census workers distributed the booklets and an individual within each household completed the forms.  The handwriting varies greatly between households and in some cases individuals within each household filled in their own information as the handwriting can change between records. View sample image

The 1930 Denmark census will be automatically compared to your family tree and you will receive notifications on Record Matches whenever MyHeritage finds census records relevant to individuals in your family tree.

More Danish Records are on the Way

The 1930 census is the first of many Danish record collections that MyHeritage will release during 2015 and 2016. The total data set will include approx. 120 million names, and will include Danish census records from 1787 to 1930 and Danish Parish records from 1646 to 1915. Most people with ancestors from Denmark will be able to find them in this data set, more than once, and learn more about their life stories and relatives. Many family history mysteries will be solved and new leads will be found. People with Danish roots will be able to trace back their ancestors many centuries back. Next on our list: the Danish censuses of 1880 and 1890. We are currently digitizing them and will bring them online on MyHeritage very soon.

We are committed to digitizing important historical records that have never been digitized before, for the benefit of genealogists and family history fans. We hope the 1930 Denmark Census will be useful for your research and help you make many exciting discoveries.

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