Open Thread Thursday – Genealogical Awesomeness

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

Today is International Day of Awesomeness and we want to know who you feel has exhibited “genealogical awesomeness” recently. There are so many people, organizations and companies who help make the genealogy community what it is. Highlight a feat of awesomeness and tell us how you think it impacts genealogy.*

Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments.

* The only rule for this Open Thread Thursday: you can’t highlight GeneaBloggers for any awesomeness.  GB is awesome because of all the contributions and support of its members!


With the recent 40 Best Genealogy Blogs awards over at Family Tree Magazine, and coupled with International Day of Awesomeness, I thought it would be nice to call out those unsung heroes and heroines who are genealogically awesome each and every day.

Did someone make you feel welcome when you first started your blog? What about a genealogy society or library? Has someone been working on an indexing or transcription project and giving back to the community? Post about it at your blog.

This isn’t meant to be a “stroke fest” or one big communal pat on the back – something which our community is accused of from time to time. Please take the time to not just recognize awesomeness but also give the details and tell us why that person, organization or company is so awesome.


This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

Disclosure: I was one of the members of the Family Tree 40 Panel and helped select both nominees and winners in the recent contest. In addition, I have written several articles for Family Tree Magazine for which I have been compensated. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with Family Tree Magazine and other genealogy vendors.

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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.

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