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.
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