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 Friday 31 July 2015

Blue Moon Sale - save an additional 20% at Shop Family Tree – TODAY ONLY – use promo code BLUE MOON - Friday July 31st – via Shop Family Tree

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Friday, July 31, 2015

New Genealogy Deals

Save 27% on pre-orders of Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.orgby Dana McCullough – normally $25.99, now just $18.99 – PLUS use code SFT2015 at checkout to save an extra 10%! via Shop Family Tree.

– Preorder the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org – normally $25.99, on sale for $18.99, with BLUEMOON promo code, bring the price down to just $15.19! Click here for more info.

Essential Family Tree Forms Library CD is THE BEST set of fillable genealogy research templates, especially for beginners!

– Order the Essential Family Tree Forms Library CD, with over 75 fillable and printable genealogy forms – normally $19.99, on sale for $14.99, with BLUEMOON promo code, the new price is just $11.92! Click here for more info.

LAST CHANCE ON THESE TWO GREAT DEALS!

Don’t miss out on these two HUGE deals! Get iDrive for 40% off and MyHeritage for 50% off – these deals expire at midnight TONIGHT, Friday, July 31st!

50% Off MyHeritage – Exclusive Deal! Looking for a “winning” tool for your genealogy research? Check out this special deal courtesy of GeneaBloggers!

Introducing the iDrive Wi-Fi Drive

Expiring TODAY

Save 30% on all Digital Products at Shop Family Tree – July 28th through 31st, via Shop Family Tree.

30% OFF Scrivener for Genealogy Boot Camp – learn how to use Scrivener and its storyboarding feature for your family history. Use promo code STORYBOARD now through July 31st. Via Hack Genealogy.

Ongoing Genealogy Deals

Storyboard Your Family History - free webinar by Lisa Alzo now available for limited time

  • Storyboard Your Family History – free webinar by Lisa Alzo now available for limited time as a FREE recording! Expires Tuesday August 4th – via Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

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

  • 15¢ Photo Scanning to Digital Format – Exclusive Offer for Fans and Friends of GeneaBloggers: Converting photos to digital has never been easier! Just send in your loose photos to Larsen Digital and they will put them on a disc for just 15¢ per photo! Now is the time to stop procrastinating and pull out your boxes of photos and finally get them all converted to digital. All you need to do is get them to Larsen Digital and they will take care of the rest- creating high quality digital images from all your photos. Click here for the PDF form with instructions on how to take advantage of this great offer! EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 15th!

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

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Friday, 31 July 2015

On 31 July 1790, the first US patent office opened its doors. The first patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a new method of making potash.

On 31 July 1790, the first US patent office opened its doors. The first patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a new method of making potash.


Today is Friday, 31 July 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Genealogy Items of Note

  • Today: Blue Moon, First US Government Building – Anniversary, and US Patent Office Opens – 225th Anniversary.

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How MyHeritage helped me with an impossible genealogy brick wall

The best offer right now for MyHeritage - save 50% and make amazing progress with your genealogy research!
Here’s how you can break through brick walls using resources from MyHeritage AND at the same time give back to the genealogy community!

One Woman’s Success with MyHeritage

We recently received the following feedback from a genealogist about her recent experience with MyHeritage:

“I have been researching family history for almost 30 years. I did not think that MyHeritage could offer more clues on long-standing brick walls I had, but it actually did. Their search functions seems to operate differently than the others so I decided to give it a try. Since joining MyHeritage, I have located a branch of my Grandmother’s family in Europe that went missing after the second World War so that was a miracle!  MyHeritage also solved another impossible brick wall for me with more records and newspaper sources. And Smart Matches continues to surprise me !” Magda Maria

Find out what MyHeritage has in store for you and your genealogy research today!

The Genealogy Fairy is a genealogy-focused grants program working to make family history dreams come true!

A Special Incentive – Announcing The Genealogy Fairy

I’ve been very blessed with my success not just at genealogy but also earning affiliate income from various offers such as the one from MyHeritage below. I’ve come up with a way to say thank you to everyone who uses my links for these offers and to give back to the genealogy community.

So I’ve created The Genealogy Fairy and the grant application process begins on August 1, 2015. Here’s a sneak peek at how the program will work:

Each month I’ll take 5% of my affiliate revenues and donate it to various genealogy-related programs. These will include general genealogy society fundraising, special projects and even personal grants to genealogists wanting to attend conferences or publish a family history. So please know that when you shop with links that I post, part of what you spend gets returned to fund worthwhile genealogy programs!

 

50% Off MyHeritage – Exclusive Deal! Looking for a “winning” tool for your genealogy research? Check out this special deal courtesy of GeneaBloggers!

50% Off MyHeritage – Expires TOMORROW Friday July 31st!

If you are ready to move the next phase of research with your genealogy, click here to get your 50% off deal from MyHeritage. The normal price is $238 USD and you’ll pay just $119.40 for a full year’s access to MyHeritage Premium Plus AND the Data Membership. PLUS 5% of what I bring in goes back to fund projects in the genealogy community!

ACT NOW! THIS OFFER EXPIRES AT 11:59 PM FRIDAY JULY 31, 2015!

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