SCAM – Did You Get An Email From Lauren Jackson?

Or from someone pushing an online degree site?


My name is Lauren Jackson and I wanted to provide feedback on your page, <>. I’m not sure if you’re the right person to contact, but I wanted to tell you that since I have been working on creating some new genealogy resources, your page was a great source of information.

As a thank you, I thought I would pass along this additional resource I have been using as well in case you were looking to add more to your page. I have been using material from this page, It has a ton of great genealogy resources that you and your users may find useful!

Thanks Again :)

As you can see I’ve decided not to link to the site that Lauren is pushing.  Also, the email was from  I did a background check and 1) I can’t find any such non-profit organization with that exact name and 2) the domain name was only recently registered and hides behind a privacy shield.

So what is it with these “online degree” sites? Back on October 18, 2010 you’ll remember that Online Colleges and Universities decided to award many genealogy bloggers with a “top genealogy blog” award and GeneaBloggers busted them.

As I’ve said before, as genealogy and family history becomes more popular, almost anyone and everyone will try to hop on to this fast moving train, some for their own purposes not directly related to genealogy.

So if you get an email from Lauren, send her a link to this post and tell her, “No thanks!”

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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.

9 thoughts on “SCAM – Did You Get An Email From Lauren Jackson?

  1. I received a request for someone to guest post on my blog. At first glance, the person’s blog looked normal, but with very little digging I saw it was from one of the online school outfits.

    The way the email was phrased could mislead new bloggers into thinking the offer was sincere, so thank you for sounding the alarm.

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