Announcing – A New Genealogy Education Channel

Now here’s some exciting news that I’ve been sitting on for months and I am so happy to finally share it with my readers and the genealogy community!

Legacy Family Tree, provider of great free genealogy webinars, has upped the ante in the genealogy education market and is now offering over 136 hours of genealogy education for one low price at its new site

A New Way to Access Archived Genealogy Webinars

So how does it work? Well, in the past you may have attended the Legacy webinars for free or watched the recording for free within one week of the original presentation date. After that, if you wanted to watch the webinar or have access to the handouts, you had to purchase the webinar CD from the Legacy Family Tree Store.

NOW you can sign up for a membership at and get access to all archived webinars and the accompanying handouts for one low price. Memberships are available on an annual basis for the low introductory price of $49.95/annual (normally $79.95) or a monthly basis for $9.95/month (normally $12.95).

The Advantages of a Membership with Legacy Family Tree Webinars

With the new set up, here’s what you’ll get:

  • Access to almost 100 quality genealogy and family history webinars with over 136 hours of viewable content.
  • Syllabus materials that you can download to your computer, tablet or mobile device.
  • No shipping charges on ordering CDs and waiting for them to be delivered.
  • Easier access for international genealogists.

You can still purchase Legacy Family Tree webinars on CD if that is your preferred method of access.  But now you have more choices and more ways to enjoy webinars by genealogy’s leading educators including Megan Smolenyak, Thomas MacEntee, Barbara Renick, DearMYRTLE, Marian Pierre-Louis, Maureen Taylor, Geoff Rasmussen, Lisa Alzo, and Karen Clifford.

Upcoming Webinars Are Still FREE at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

What hasn’t changed with the move to Legacy Family Tree Webinars is the process of registering for upcoming webinars and then accessing the content for free.  And still, if you miss the live presentation, you can view archived webinars within one week of their live presentation date.

Register for my upcoming webinar, Behind the Cheese Curtain: A Look at Wisconsin Genealogy Resources, on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, by clicking here.

And make sure you check out the new site at Legacy Family Tree Webinars! I think you’ll be impressed by this new education resource for the genealogy community.

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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Meet the Presenters – A Free Taste of the FTU Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference


I will be one of several genealogy educations participating in the Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference at Family Tree University, September 14-16, 2012. FTU is offering the public a chance to meet the presenters of this online conference through a series of Facebook chats and Twitter tweet-ups. Check out the chart below for the Meet the Presenters schedule.

A Special Coupon!

Family Tree University was nice enough to create a special coupon code just for me so I could pass it along to friends who want to join me at the conference.  When registering enter FRIENDSOFTHOMAS to get a 20% discount!  This code is also good for any other Family Tree University course!

What’s a virtual genealogy conference?

Just like a conference you attend in-person but with more flexibility and just as many opportunities to network with other genealogy researchers. You’ll find pre-recorded webinars (a total of 15!), scheduled chats where you can ask the experts various questions, a message board and even a virtual gift bag filled with genealogy goodies!

The Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference is a great alternative for busy genealogists as well as those that can’t travel long distances to attend genealogy conferences.

See the information below and I hope I’ll “see” you online in September!

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Take part in pre-scheduled social media Q&A’s to get to know your experts

For a fraction of the cost it takes to travel to–and attend–a live event, Family Tree University’s Fall 2012 Virtual Conference provides attendees with an all-access pass to 15 half-hour video sessions presented by the same experts you’d pay an arm and a leg to see speak at a regular conference, all online, from the convenience of home. Enjoy all three days, Friday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. through Sunday, Sept. 16, at 11:59 p.m., from the comfort of your bed, desk chair, couch or coffee shop–wherever you have internet access.

Between message board discussions and live chats on topics such as “Researching Courthouse Records” and “Choosing a Cloud Genealogy Program”, you’ll have ample opportunity to engage with fellow genealogy enthusiasts as much as you want, as often as you want. You’ll also receive a “swag bag” of genealogy freebies from How long, you ask, will these great research materials be available to you?

Forever. That’s how long you will get to keep all the session videos and live chat transcripts. Download them to your desktop and use for future reference, whether that’s in in two months or two years! Find out how to register at

Learn more about the conference presenters and their sessions during our upcoming “Meet The Presenters” social media series. Simply log on to Facebook or Twitter at the prescribed times and follow Family Tree Magazine to watch and participate in live Q&A’s with our genealogy experts. Here is our current lineup:

Thomas MacEntee
Facebook Chat
Wed., 8/22 @ 2pm EDT/11am PDT
Lisa Louise Cooke
Facebook Chat
Mon., 8/27 @ 4pm EDT/1pm PDT
Lisa A. Alzo
Facebook Chat
Tues., 9/4 @ 3pm EDT/12pm PDT
Gena Philibert-Ortega
Tweet Up (#FTUVC)
Wed., 9/5 @ 4:30pm EDT/1:30pm PDT
Diana Crisman Smith
Facebook Chat
Tues., 9/11 @ 3pm EDT/12pm PDT
Rick Crume
Facebook Chat
Thurs., 9/13 @ 1pm EDT/10am PD

Read presenter bios and view the conference program. Click here to register.

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Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2013 Registration Opens Saturday, June 2, 2012

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2013

Each year, genealogists from around the world await with anticipation the opening of registration for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Why? Well many of the courses have limited space and fill up within minutes.  Let me say that rock concert tickets sales have nothing on SLIG registration . . . each year we find out that a specific course took 6 minutes or less to be sold out.

So don’t be left out!  SLIG 2013 will take place January 14-18, 2013 in Salt Lake City and conveniently located at the Downtown Salt Lake City Radisson.  Click here for more information on how to register, accommodations and more. Registration opens at 9:00 am MOUNTAIN Time on Saturday, June 2, 2012.

I will be coordinating a track entitled “A Genealogist’s Guide to the Internet Galaxy” which will focus on how to use online tools to further your genealogy research.  Instructors will include Josh Taylor, Kimberly Powell, Paula Stuart-Warren, Michael Hait, Richard G. Sayre and Pamela Boyer Sayre and yours truly, Thomas MacEntee.

If you’ve enjoyed any of my webinars, you’ll enjoy this program that I’ve helped put together:

  • An Introduction To Genealogy Blogs (Thomas MacEntee)
  • Clustering and More: Maximizing Your Online Searches (D. Joshua Taylor)
  • Creating an Online Family History Workspace (Thomas MacEntee)
  • Evernote for Genealogists (Thomas MacEntee)
  • Facebook for Genealogists (Thomas MacEntee)
  • Google Earth (Richard G. Sayre and Pamela Boyer Sayre)
  • Google Tools for Genealogists (Thomas MacEntee)
  • Managing Your Research Using Google Docs (Thomas MacEntee)
  • Lineage Organizations Online: Resources for Non-Members, Too (Paula Stuart-Warren)
  • Mobile Apps for Genealogists (Kimberly Powell)
  • Online Collaboration with Other Researchers (Thomas MacEntee)
  • Online Newspaper Research (Kimberly Powell)
  • Online Federal Records (Michael Hait)
  • Online State Resources for Genealogy: Beyond Ancestry and FamilySearch (Michael Hait)
  • Sources for Family History Books Online (Kimberly Powell)
  • Staying Safe Online (Thomas MacEntee)
  • They’re Alive – Searching for Living Persons (Thomas MacEntee)
  • Tips for Finding Stubborn Ancestors in Genealogy Databases (Kimberly Powell)
  • Twitter – It’s Not Just What’s for Breakfast Anymore (Thomas MacEntee)
  • Utilizing Social Networks for Genealogy Research (Thomas MacEntee)
And there will be added activities including social events and the chance to network with other genealogists at SLIG 2013.
Hopefully I’ll see you in Salt Lake City next January!

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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