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 – Friday, 23 January 2015

In honor of John Hancock's birthday and famous signature on the Declaration of Independence, National Handwriting Day is on 23 January 2015.
Today is Friday, 23 January 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Elizabeth Blackwell Awarded MD degree – Anniversary, John Hancock’s Birthday – Anniversary, National Handwriting Day, National Pie Day, 20th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified – Anniversary, and 24th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified – Anniversary.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Thursday, 22 January 2015

Jan 22, 1968. Actually the name of this NBC comedy was “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” Funny men Dan Rowan and Dick Martin hosted the show, but they seemed staid next to the show’s other regulars, most of whom were young unknowns, including Dennis Allen, Chelsea Brown, Judy Carne, Ruth Buzzi, Ann Elder, Richard Dawson, Teresa Graves, Arte Johnson, Goldie Hawn, Alan Sues, Jo Anne Worley and Lily Tomlin. The show moved fast from gag to gag, with heads popping out of bushes or doors in the big wall. The show brought a new energy to comedy as well as new phrases to our vocabulary (“ You bet your sweet bippy,” “Sock it to me”). The last telecast was May 14, 1973.Today is Thursday, 22 January 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Allied Landing at Anzio – Anniversary, Laugh In Premiere – Anniversary, and Saint Vincent – Feast Day.

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“Genealogy Roadshow” Season 2 Episode 2 – Now Available Online

PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW uncovers family secrets in the series’ 2nd season, premiering Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs every Tuesday thru February 24

If you missed last night’s episode of Genealogy Roadshow entitled St. Louis – Central Library, you can view it below or at the PBS website by clicking here.

Don’t forget to tune in on Tuesday evenings now through Tuesday 24 February 2015 (check local listings for exact date and time) when Season 2 of the Genealogy Roadshow visits three important cities in the history and development of the United States: New Orleans, Philadelphia and St. Louis.

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