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 Events: 28 August – 4 September 2015

Get the latest news on genealogy blogging events for the week of 28 August - 4 September 2015, right here at GeneaBloggers.
Here is a list of events and goings-on in the world of genealogy blogging. Here’s what is happening in the coming week:

Genealogy Daze of the Week!

Here are some upcoming dates to look out for so you can plan your genealogy and family history blog posts for next week:

  • 28 August: Death of Emmitt Till – Anniversary and March on Washington – Anniversary.
  • 29 August: “According to Hoyle Day,” Amistad Seized – Anniversary, Hurricane Katrina Strikes Gulf Coast – 10th Anniversary, Shay’s Rebellion – Anniversary, and Sturgeon Moon – Full Moon.
  • 30 August: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly’s Birthday – Anniversary, Toasted Marshmallow Day, and Ted Williams’ Birthday – Anniversary.
  • 31 August: “Alice” television debut – Anniversary, Charleston SC Earthquake – Anniversary, Diana Princess of Wales’ Death – Anniversary, Solidarity founded – Anniversary, Summer Bank Holiday – (UK), and Whitechapel Murders Begin – Anniversary.
  • 1 September: Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month begins, Data Backup Day, Emma M. Nutt Day, Library Card Sign Up Month begins, National Coupon Month begins, National Preparedness Month begins, and World War II Begins – Invasion of Poland – Anniversary.
  • 2 September: Calendar Adjustment Day – Anniversary, Great Fire of London – Anniversary, James Forten’s Birthday – Anniversary, Liliuokalani’s Birthday – Anniversary, Sherman Enters Atlanta – 150th Anniversary, and V-J Day – Anniversary.
  • 3 September: Beginning of the Penny Press – Anniversary, Britain Declares War on Germany – World War II – Anniversary, Louis Sullivan’s Birthday – Anniversary, Prudence Crandall’s Birthday – Anniversary, and Treaty of Paris – Anniversary.
  • 4 September: First Electric Lighting – Anniversary, Little Rock Nine – Anniversary, and Paul Harvey’s Birthday – Anniversary.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Friday, 28 August 2015

Aug 28, 1963. More than 250,000 people attended this civil rights rally at Washington, DC, at which Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, made his famous “I have a dream” speech.

Aug 28, 1963. More than 250,000 people attended this civil rights rally at Washington, DC, at which Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, made his famous “I have a dream” speech.


Today is Friday, 28 August 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Genealogy Items of Note

  • Today: Death of Emmitt Till – Anniversary and March on Washington – Anniversary.

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Tom Bergeron featured on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

Television host Tom Bergeron finds his French-Canadian roots on the next episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, Sunday, August 30th at 9/8c on TLC.

Tom Bergeron investigates his French-Canadian roots on his father’s side to find out what brought his ancestors to North America on a new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? airing this Sunday, August 30 at 9/8c on TLC.

Television host Tom Bergeron sets out to unravel the murky history of his paternal roots. Tracing back over 400 years, he uncovers the dramatic story of his 10x great-grandparents, who endured brutal warfare and starvation in France. Then Tom follows their daughter, who was orphaned as a teenager and bravely set off across the Atlantic, playing a significant role in establishing the New World.

The Tom Bergeron episode airs on Sunday 30 August 2015, 9:00 pm Eastern / 8:00 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.

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