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 Roadshow” Season 2 Final Episode Tonight on PBS

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

Don’t forget to watch the final episode of Season 2 of the Genealogy Roadshow tonight, Tuesday 24 February 2015, at 8:00 pm EST. This week’s episode is entitled Best of Genealogy Roadshow.

Enjoy the most intriguing stories selected from both seasons of the series. From immigrant voyages and famous ancestors to murder mysteries and family connections, the episode revisits the journeys in cities across the country as people uncover their family histories.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, 24 February 2015

On 24 February 1582, Pope Gregory XIII, enlisting the expertise of distinguished astronomers and mathematicians, issued a bull correcting the Julian calendar, which was then 10 days in error. The correction was a minor one, changing the rule about leap years. The new calendar named for him, the Gregorian calendar, became effective 4 Octtober 1582, in most Catholic countries, in 1752 in Britain and the American colonies, in 1918 in Russia and in 1923 in Greece. It is the most widely used calendar in the world today.

On 24 February 1582, Pope Gregory XIII, enlisting the expertise of distinguished astronomers and mathematicians, issued a bull correcting the Julian calendar, which was then 10 days in error. The correction was a minor one, changing the rule about leap years. The new calendar named for him, the Gregorian calendar, became effective 4 Octtober 1582, in most Catholic countries, in 1752 in Britain and the American colonies, in 1918 in Russia and in 1923 in Greece. It is the most widely used calendar in the world today.


Today is Tuesday, 24 February 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: Gregorian Calendar Day – Anniversary, Hadassah Founded – Anniversary, Steve Jobs’ Birthday – Anniversary, and World Spay Day..

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Enter the Kindred Voices Book Contest Today!

Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors now available on Kindle! Geoff Rasmussen’s inspiring new book is now available for Kindle readers and apps. Learn how making that connection with your ancestors is an important part of family history!

As we close out February, we’ve got something special to share: a review of a new book by Geoff Rasmussen of Legacy Family Tree and a contest!

Review: Kindred Voices: Listening for Our Ancestors

Whether you call it “serendipity” or simply “great-grandma’s guidance,” if you’ve ever devoted time to researching your roots, you’ll understand the premise of Kindred Voices: Listening for Our Ancestors by Geoff Rasmussen. This touching book sums up one genealogist’s encounters with his ancestors, yet it speaks to all of us about the search for family connection.

Part travelogue, part auto-biography, yet all family history, Kindred Voices transports you on an amazing ancestral journey. Geoff shares not just the “how” of genealogy research, but also his intense connection with his forefathers. Many of us already obsessed with genealogy and family history will tell you that our ancestors do in fact talk to us and seem to guide us to resources and information.

As an added bonus, at the end of Kindred Voices, Geoff also shares his best advice on getting started with your own family history journey.

After you’ve finished Kindred Voices, you’ll want to dive into your own family history sleuthing and begin opening up a dialog with your own ancestors.

Print Version Pre-Order Special

Between now and Friday, 27 February 2015, you can pre-order the print version of Kindred Voices and get this special deal: save $2.00 and get the PDF version for free (a $9.95 value!) via Legacy Family Tree Store. Click here for more details.

Kindred Voices Contest

Finally, in conjunction with the release of the Kindle version of Kindred Voices, we’re holding a week-long contest sponsored by Legacy Family Tree and GeneaBloggers!

NOTE: To enter, you will need to know the page count for the Kindle version of Kindred Voices. Click here to find the clue in the book description.

One winner will be selected to win ALL of the following prizes:

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  • Legacy Family Tree Webinars: One (1) 12-month subscription to Legacy Family Tree Webinars to access over 200 recorded webinars and over 850 pages of syllabus materials (value $79.95 USD).

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  • Legacy Deluxe 8.0 Software:  The most comprehensive and easy-to-use family history software you can buy for Windows is now even better. You’re sure to be excited by all the new features! Legacy Family Tree is one of the best genealogy programs on the market today (digital download and PDF manual – value $39.95 USD).

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  • Amazon Gift Card: One (1) Amazon Gift Card (email version, valued at $50.00 USD).

The entire prize package is valued at $170 USD. We’ll select one (1) winner after 1:00 pm Central on Friday 27 February 2015 and announce the winner here on the contest page and via social media.

This contest is NOT limited to just those in the United States either! All of the prizes are digital items or memberships and can easily be sent to the winners via email.

Click here to enter today! And once you enter, use your “lucky link” to invite others to enter. You’ll

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