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 Monday 31 August 2015

The latest bargains and freebies related to genealogy and family history from MyHeritage, Family Tree Magazine and more! Shop for gifts or shop for yourself!

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Monday, August 31, 2015

Don’t forget that 5% of all revenue generated by Genealogy Bargains is given back to the genealogy community! Check out The Genealogy Fairy for more information!

EXPIRING Genealogy Deals

Ancestry Free Access to UK and Ireland Records! Beginning Friday August 28th through Monday August 31st*, get FREE access to more than 1 billion UK records.

  • Ancestry Free Access to UK and Ireland Records! Beginning Friday August 28th through Monday August 31st*, get FREE access to more than 1 billion UK records. For US Ancestry subscribers, if you have a World subscription, you already have access to these records. Otherwise, make sure you LOGOUT of your Ancestry.com account before using the link to access the AncestryUK site.*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from 28 August until 11:59 p.m. GMT on 31 August 2015. To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address. We will then send you a username and password to access the records. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk paid membership.

ONGOING Genealogy Deals

Exclusive savings - 30% off on Folder Marker Pro! Many participants in the Genealogy Do-Over had started to use Folder Marker to help organize their digital genealogy folders and documents. Use promo code GBFMP0815 and save. Valid through September 1st. Via FolderMarker.com.

  • Exclusive savings – 30% off on Folder Marker Pro! Many participants in the Genealogy Do-Over had started to use Folder Marker to help organize their digital genealogy folders and documents. Use promo code GBFMP0815 and save. Valid through September 1st. Via FolderMarker.com.

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  • 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

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Monday, 31 August 2015

Aug 31, 1886. Charleston, SC. The first major earthquake in the recorded history of the eastern US occurred on this date. It is believed that about 100 persons perished in the quake, centered near Charleston but felt up to 800 miles away. Though a number of smaller eastern US quakes had been described and recorded since 1638, this affected people living in an area of about two million square miles.

Aug 31, 1886. Charleston, SC. The first major earthquake in the recorded history of the eastern US occurred on this date. It is believed that about 100 persons perished in the quake, centered near Charleston but felt up to 800 miles away. Though a number of smaller eastern US quakes had been described and recorded since 1638, this affected people living in an area of about two million square miles.


Today is Monday, 31 August 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Genealogy Items of Note

  • Today: “Alice” television debut – Anniversary, Charleston SC Earthquake – Anniversary, Diana Princess of Wales’ Death – Anniversary, Solidarity founded – Anniversary, Summer Bank Holiday – (UK), and Whitechapel Murders Begin – Anniversary.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Sunday, 30 August 2015

Aug 30, 1918. Born Theodore Samuel Williams at San Diego, CA, Ted Williams played his first major league baseball game for the Boston Red Sox on Apr 22, 1939. In the years that followed, he became known as perhaps the best hitter ever to play the game. His career batting average was. 344, and his record average of. 406 set during the 1941 season stands unsurpassed. He played 19 seasons for the Red Sox, but during the prime of his career, he missed three full seasons while serving as a navy pilot in WWII and most of two seasons serving as a marine pilot in the Korean War. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. He died July 5, 2002, at Inverness, FL.

Aug 30, 1918. Born Theodore Samuel Williams at San Diego, CA, Ted Williams played his first major league baseball game for the Boston Red Sox on Apr 22, 1939. In the years that followed, he became known as perhaps the best hitter ever to play the game. His career batting average was. 344, and his record average of. 406 set during the 1941 season stands unsurpassed. He played 19 seasons for the Red Sox, but during the prime of his career, he missed three full seasons while serving as a navy pilot in WWII and most of two seasons serving as a marine pilot in the Korean War. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. He died July 5, 2002, at Inverness, FL.


Today is Sunday, 30 August 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Genealogy Items of Note

  • Today: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly’s Birthday – Anniversary, Toasted Marshmallow Day, and Ted Williams’ Birthday – Anniversary.

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