Mastering Evernote for Genealogy Boot Camp

evernote boot camp

Come join well-known genealogy educators Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee as they team up to offer a unique education event: Mastering Evernote for Genealogy Bootcamp! On Saturday, 18 October 2014, you’ll be able to learn from two experts on how to use Evernote – the popular and FREE note taking application – to assist you with your genealogy research.

Already think you know Evernote? You might be surprised at even some of the “basics” you may not know that are important for a solid understanding of Evernote. Here’s what you’ll get from this new Bootcamp:

  • Learn the basics of using Evernote including how to set up your account, how to create notes and notebooks, and how to organize items using tags and stacks.
  • Review the various apps and websites for Evernote and how to keep your data synchronized across multiple devices.
  • Practical applications for research that go beyond simple note taking: templates, tables, lists, scanning documents and more.
  • We’ll even venture outside of the genealogy arena and show you how Evernote can become your own virtual assistant and keep your daily activities organized!

You’ll receive over 3 hours of educational content, handouts and freebies for the low price of $12.95! You’ll also receive access to the recorded versions of each webinar for up to one year!

Register by Monday, 13 October 2014 and receive $3 off the registration price for a low $9.95! Space is limited and if you register but can’t attend, you’ll still receive the handouts, the freebies and access to the recordings!

Win A Free Registration!

That’s right. You could attend this Blogger Boot Camp for free if you are selected as our Registration Rebate winner! Simply register and pay for the upcoming Boot Camp by the early-bird deadline of 13 October 2014. We’ll select one person from the list of registrants and refund their entire registration fee!  No contest forms to fill out! We’ll announce the winner here at Hack Genealogy on Tuesday 14 October 2014.


Saturday 18 October 2014
Duration: 3.5 hours (with a 30 minute break)

  • 11:00 am EDT /10:00 am CDT
    Welcome / Meet & Greet
  • 11:15 am EDT / 10:15 am CDT
    Evernote Basics
    Thomas MacEntee
  • 12:30 pm EDT/11:30 am CDT
  • 1:00 pm EDT /12:00 pm CDT
    Getting Even More from Evernote
    Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
  • 2:30 pm EDT / 1:30 pm CDT
    Closing and Thank You


Evernote Basics
Presented by: Thomas MacEntee

Have you ever wondered about Evernote and why genealogists are using it for their research? Have you even gone so far as downloading the free app and installing it but you wonder, “Now what?” Even if you consider yourself an Evernote user, you’ll learn some new ways of using the program in this “basics” class. We’ll cover everything an Evernote user should know about the program and focus on ways to use it for genealogy research.*

*    Attendees will also receive access to a free Evernote Toolbox.

Getting Even More from Evernote
Presented by: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

Are you an Evernote enthusiast? Do you want to get even more from this popular organizational and note-taking app and discover how to harness its power for your genealogy research and writing?  In this session: we’ll cover

  • How to use schedule reminders and create checklists to stay organized.
  • Utilizing the camera and audio recorder for capturing and sharing family history.
  • Suggestions for using free add-on programs such as Skitch and Penultimate for developing ideas, and annotating screen captures and documents.
  • How to use shortcuts, keyboard commands, and other features to increase your productivity.
  • Ways to utilize specialty features such as Clearly and Food, and third-party apps (such as CamScanner and EverClip) for smartphones and tablets.

You will also receive additional tips, hints, and resources to help you get even more from Evernote!

Presenter Bios

Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of genealogy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of nine books, including: Finding Your Slovak Ancestors, Writing Your Family History Book, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. Lisa has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, APG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa blogs as “The Accidental Genealogist” blog For more information see

Thomas Mac Entee

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, marketer, network builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started building his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He’s 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.”

How To Register

Ready to join in this great educational event? Here are the details on the registration process:

  • Click the button above to go to PayPal and make payment or click here. You do not need a PayPal account to make payment.
  • Once payment is processed and received, you will receive a confirmation email. You will also receive links to register for each webinar. You must register for both webinars if you want to participate in both webinars.
  • Then you’ll be reminded via e-mail at least one day prior to Boot Camp.
  • Within 24 hours of the start of Boot Camp, you’ll receive the passwords for each webinar as well as links to all the handouts and freebies to you can review them before we start.
  • After the webinars, all registrants will have access to the recordings for personal use for a period of one (1) year. Recordings will be hosted on Vimeo and set to play only on a specific page here at Hack Genealogy. A password will be required to access the video pages.

Questions? Email us at

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions for all Hack Genealogy Boot Camp events before you pay and register! Click here for more information.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Join GeneaBloggers as an FGS Ambassador

FGS 2015

We just received the notice below about the FGS Ambassador program in conjunction with the upcoming Federation of Genealogical Societies 2015 Conference in Salt Lake City, 11-14 February 2015. This year, FGS 2015 will run in conjunction with RootsTech over the same dates.

If you are a member of GeneaBloggers, we urge you to join in the fun by being an FGS Ambassador! You don’t need to attend the conference – you can actually participate from home and help spread the word about the FGS 2015 events and about genealogy. This is also a good way for you to get your genealogy blog known to others who will be following FGS 2015.  Stay tuned for more information about FGS 2015 and the FGS Ambassador program.

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FGS Invites You to Participate

September 18, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce an invitation for FGS Ambassadors. If you are a blogger, social media enthusiast, writer, editor, or in any way interested in spreading the word about the FGS 2015 Conference, FGS is looking for you.

The 2015 FGS Conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be a one-time special event with RootsTech. FGS Ambassadors will blog, share, like, +1, and tweet to spread the news about this unique FGS conference to their friends, colleagues, and everyone interested in genealogy.

Benefits to FGS Ambassadors include:

  • Link to your blog, website, Twitter, or other social media accounts on the FGS 2015 Conference Ambassadors Page.
  • Potential to be guest blogger on the FGS Voice Blog.
  • Direct contact with the FGS 2015 Marketing Committee.
  • Advance notice of press releases and other important updates from the Conference Committee.
  • Participation in the FGS Ambassadors Facebook Group.
  • Meet-up with other Ambassadors at FGS 2015—group photo for FGS publicity.
  • Ambassador badge ribbon at the conference.

Having a genealogy blog or planning to attend the FGS 2015 conference are not requirements for participating.

Visit FGS Ambassadors at to review the full guidelines for participating and to register as an FGS Ambassador. Please register by October 8, 2014.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS FORUM magazine (filled with articles for the family history community), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit

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Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see the Disclosure Statement here at GeneaBloggers.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Wanted: Focus Group Participants for New Genealogy Education Product

focus group for genealogy

We want to invite you to a sneak peek of our latest project in genealogy education. We’re only able to invite 12 people.  We’re looking for those who are not only committed to learning and improving their genealogy skills, but you can also give honest feedback on the product and the process involved. Basically, if selected, you would be a member of a focus group for this new product.

In exchange for your participation in a “compressed” three-week version of a six-week program, you’ll be the first to be part of an exciting, collaborative group coaching environment focused on using genealogy research logs and citing sources.

What’s the Commitment?

The commitment is not burdensome, but there is some work involved.  Basically you’ll need to do the following:

  • Agree to a non-disclosure agreement and terms of services that protects the information shared during the three-week period. Once the program is completed, you can tell others about the program and your experience.
  • Participate in three GoToMeeting sessions (similar to webinars) on Monday evenings (Central time) September 22, September 29 and October 6, 2014. These session will be recorded and you’ll have access to the recordings during the three-week period and in the future.
  • Complete two “homework” assignments involving genealogy research, recording your research and citing sources. You can work on your own or with other members participating in this process.
  • Join a Closed Group on Facebook where you’ll access files, share resources and collaborate with the other members of the group.
  • Provide feedback at the end of the process including recommendations on a product price point and future topics.

Minimum Participant Requirements

If you’re truly interested in being part of this group, you’ll need to meet these minimum requirements:

  • Understand how to attend a webinar. You should feel comfortable connecting to the GoToWebinar/GoToMeeting platform used by most genealogy education providers. While a headset/microphone and webcam are not required, they will make it easier to participate in the Online Sessions.
  • Have a Facebook account. You’ll need a Facebook account to access the Facebook Closed Group – this is where assignment documents are uploaded and shared, questions are asked, and most coaching takes place.
  • Be committed to collaboration. You’ll need to check in periodically on Facebook to review the latest conversations and be willing to provide your insights as well as ask questions.

What Do You Get?

Besides the sneak preview of this product, here is what you’ll accomplish:

  1. Learn how to use a research log that suits your research habits.
  2. Understand the basics of source citations and become efficient at creating citations on the fly.
  3. Maintain good research habits and adapt them when encountering new records sets.
  4. Receive constructive and helpful feedback.
  5. Have fun!

If you are interested and can make the commitment, please email us at and provide your name and briefly state why you are interested. We’ll make our selection by Wednesday 17 September 2014.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.