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.

Contest: Win a JPASS from JSTOR

Enter the JSTOR JPASS Giveaway this week - win a one-month JPASS valued at $19.50 USD!

To celebrate the new series of columns at JSTOR Daily by Genealogy Roadshow host D. Joshua Taylor, GeneaBloggers and JSTOR have teamed up to give away a one-month JPASS!

What is JPASS? JPASS gives you access to more than 1,800 academic journals on JSTOR. If you don’t have access to JSTOR through a school or public library, consider JPASS your personal digital library.

Read Josh’s first JSTOR Daily article The Genealogy Factor: Graveyards & Gravestones to see how you can use JSTOR for your genealogy and family history research!

The JPASS prize is a $19.50 value and here is what you get:

  • Access everything in the JPASS Collection
  • Read the full-text of every article
  • Save up to 10 article downloads (PDFs) to keep forever

Click here to enter today!

And then take JPASS for a test drive! Visit http://jpass.jstor.org/freetrial and sign up to get three complimentary downloads!

Melissa Etheridge featured on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

Melissa Etheridge digs into her French roots and finds a family shaken by a scandalous lawsuit on Who Do You Think You Are?, this Sunday, April 26th at 10/9c on TLC.

Melissa Etheridge digs into her French roots and finds a family shaken by a scandalous lawsuit; a turbulent relationship entangled with tragedy; and an adventuresome ancestor who prospered in colonial America. A new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? airs this Sunday, April 26 at 10/9c on TLC.

Melissa goes on a journey to uncover her father’s maternal roots. She finds French Canadian ancestors who were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit against a man who got their teenage daughter pregnant and refused to marry her; but Melissa discovers there’s more to their story than she thought. Then she follows the trail of her 5x great-grandfather to colonial America, where he was a prosperous businessman and navigated the tumultuous times of the Revolutionary War.

The Melissa Etheridge episode airs on Sunday 26 April 2015, 10:00 pm Eastern / 9:00 pm Central on TLC. Check your local television listings for the exact time in your location.

Photo credit: Photo courtesy of TLC. Used by permission.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee.

Genealogy Bargains for Thursday 23 April 2015

$20 off Ancestry DNA Sale! Regularly $99 USD, now just $79 in celebration of DNA Day (April 25th in case you forgot!) If you’ve been waiting for a DNA test sale, here’s your chance! No minimum to purchase. Does a DNA test make an appropriate Mother’s Day gift? You decide . . . Valid through April 27th via AncestryDNA.

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Deals

  • $20 off Ancestry DNA Sale! Regularly $99 USD, now just $79 in celebration of DNA Day (April 25th in case you forgot!) If you’ve been waiting for a DNA test sale, here’s your chance! No minimum to purchase. Does a DNA test make an appropriate Mother’s Day gift? You decide . . . Valid through April 27th via AncestryDNA.

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Ongoing Deals

EXCLUSIVE! FindMyPast 50% Off Sale – good for ALL 12-month subscriptions and ALL countries – for United States (link), United Kingdom (link), Ireland (link), Australia (link) and New Zealand (link). Use promo code FMPFIRST50 and remember offer expires April 30th at 11:59 pm local time – via FindMyPast.

  • EXCLUSIVE! FindMyPast 50% Off Sale – good for ALL 12-month subscriptions and ALL countries – for United States (link), United Kingdom (link), Ireland (link), Australia (link) and New Zealand (link). Use promo code FMPFIRST50 and remember offer expires April 30th at 11:59 pm local time – via FindMyPast.

  • 30% off HistoryLines – a new way to incorporate history and build life sketches for your ancestors! Click here for more information – use promo code EARLYBIRD30 to save 30% off the regular subscription price.

Free mail shipping or 50% off ground shipping – on all items at Lulu.com – use promo code APR15 – expires April 27th – via Lulu.

50% off hardcover photo books at MyPublisher – with FREE shipping! Great for Mother’s Day gifts! expires April 27th - via MyPublisher.

A special discount of 34% percent off the new book How to Archive Family Photos by Denise Levenick - here's how to get the special coupon code!

  • Save 34% on How to Archive Family Photos – right now Shop Family Tree has an offer to save 27% off this amazing book by Denise Levenick – normally $25.99, now $18.99 on pre-order. BUT I discovered a FURTHER DISCOUNT! Use promo code SFT2015 at checkout, and save another $1.90 which means a total savings of 34%

FREE ACCESS – Civil War Collection at Fold3 – get free access to over 43 million records related to the US Civil War now through April 30th via fold3

90% Off – The ABCs of Gravestone Symbols

  • Save 50% on Internet and Website Hosting – Simply Hosting is offering a half-price sale on website hosting – you pay just $4.99 per month. I’ve used Simply Hosting for years and I run Geneabloggers.com, High-Definition Genealogy and Hack Genealogy all on one account!  Customer service is excellent and they have experience working with genealogists.

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The latest bargains and freebies related to genealogy and family history from MyHeritage, Family Tree Magazine and more - new listings for Thurs 12 March 2015!

  • 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

“Evidentia not only solves the problems facing the genealogy community, but also simplifies the process of analyzing evidence and creating proof arguments while still following the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).” There is also a FREE 14-day trial available! If you haven’t checked out this amazing software, you really it owe to yourself and your genealogy research to do so!

10% Off Photo and Slide Scanning – use promo code Thomas2015 and save – via Larsen Digital

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