GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Thursday, April 7, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio – Special NERGC
Episode 10

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Thursday, April 7, 2011
6pm-7pm Eastern US
5-6pm Central US
4-5pm Mountain US
3-4pm Pacific US

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Special New England Regional Genealogical Conference Broadcast

We will be broadcasting with guests from the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) in Springfield, Massachusetts.


This week’s show features a line-up of  genealogy industry notables attending the NERGC:

Dick Eastman

Dick Eastman

Dick Eastman has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years. He has worked in the computer industry for more than 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions. By the early 1970’s, Dick was already using a mainframe computer to enter his family data on punch cards. He built his first home computer in 1980.

He is now the author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, which is read by more than 60,000 genealogists all over the world.The newsletter also expanded to two versions: a free version supported by advertising at and a subscription-based Plus Edition at


Elissa Scalise Powell

Elissa Scalisse Powell, CG

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, a western Pennsylvania genealogical researcher, is a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists; an instructor for Boston University’s on campus and online Genealogical Research Certificate course; coordinator for the Professional Genealogy Course at the Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and co-coordinator of the 2010 Salt Lake Institute’s Accreditation/Certification Preparation course. She was honored in May 2010 with the National Genealogical Society’s President’s Citation in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy. She is past president of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and the North Hills Genealogists of Pittsburgh. She is a former director of the Association of Professional Genealogists; co-edited a cemetery book series and appeared on the PBS-TV show “Ancestors 2” in the cemetery episode. She is a regional and national speaker on methodology, Pennsylvania records, professional development, and society management.


Sharon Sergeant

Sharon Sergeant

Sharon Sergeant specializes in investigative genealogy, longitudinal studies, and research planning. She prepared Module 2 “Problem Solving Techniques and Technology” for the Boston University genealogy certificate program. Sergeant has served on the Massachusetts Genealogy Council board and various committees for national organizations.


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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.

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