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 – Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Nov 19, 1863. In 1863, 17 acres of the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA, were dedicated as a national cemetery. Noted orator Edward Everett spoke for two hours; the address that Lincoln delivered in less than two minutes was later recognized as one of the most eloquent of the English language. Five manuscript copies in Lincoln’s hand survive, including the rough draft begun in ink at the executive mansion at Washington and concluded in pencil at Gettysburg on the morning of the dedication (kept at the Library of Congress).
Today is Wednesday 19 November 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: Cold War Formally Ends – Anniversary, Gettysburg Address – Anniversary, First Presidential Library – Anniversary, “Rocky and His Friends” Television Debut – Anniversary, and Women’s Christian Temperance Union Organized – Anniversary.

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Finding Your Roots – Season 2, Episode 9 – on PBS Tonight!

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The 9th episode of the new season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will be shown this evening on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) at 8:00 pm EST. You’ll need to check your local listings since in some venues, the series may start on a different day or at a different time.

Schedule of Upcoming Episodes – Finding Your Roots

In tonight’s episode, entitled Ancient Roots, Tina Fey, George Stephanopoulos and David Sedaris, all descend from ancestors that were part of the wave of Greek immigrants that flooded America’s shores in the early decades of the 20th century. But along the way, the stories of their Greek ancestors were lost.

Here is the schedule of upcoming episodes for Season 2:

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

Watch Previous Episodes Online – Finding Your Roots

Here is the list of previous episodes for Season 2 (all can be viewed online at PBS here):

23 September 2014
In Search of Our Fathers
Stephen King, Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance

30 September 2014
Born Champions
Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King and Rebecca Lobo

7 October 2014
Our American Storytellers
Ken Burns, Anderson Cooper and Anna Deavere Smith

14 October 2014
Roots of Freedom
Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander and Benjamin Jealous

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 Invasion
Deepak Chopra, Sally Field and Sting

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