Calling RootsTech attendees: Ancestry needs you!

Ancestry.com is looking for RootsTech 2015 attendees to provide product and service feedback - you could receive a $50 Amazon gift card and more!

Ancestry.com depends on user input to help mold the future generation of their offerings. A range of opportunities are being planned here at RootsTech for participants to share their impressions of upcoming Ancestry features across multiple products.  These will include both focus groups and individual interviews during the conference.

They are looking for subscribers of all levels of expertise, membership tenure, and tree size. To be considered, please fill out the following online questionnaire and members of Ancestry’s User Research team will reach out to you for scheduling. Incentives will include a 6 month subscription extension to your membership, or a $50 Amazon gift card for an hour of your time. Research sessions will take place Thursday through Saturday in the Hilton across from the conference center.

Please access the survey here: http://ancestry.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3lv4vGiz9N9Qh1P

Please reach out to Ancestry directly if you have any concerns: User-Research@ancestry.com

Scrivener Mini Boot Camp – 31 January 2015

genealogy, technology, evernote, webinars

Just what is this program called Scrivener* that everyone keeps talking about? And how can you use it for your genealogy and family history projects? Scrivener by is a combination word processor and project management tool that’s affordable and simple to use. Priced under $50, this powerful application seamlessly takes you from idea to outline to finished product. Whether you are a blogger, an aspiring author, or a genealogist looking to share your family history findings, Scrivener can help you plot, organize, and publish your writing.

Already using Scrivener? You might be surprised at even some of the “secrets” you may not know that are important for a solid understanding of how to make Scrivener work for you. Here’s what you’ll get from this new Boot Camp:

  • Learn all the basics you will need to get up and running with Scrivener, including how to start, edit, and format a genealogy/family history writing project using Scrivener’s built-in templates.
  • Review the key components of the Scrivener interface, and its four main modes: Outline, Document View, Corkboard, and Scrivenings.
  • Get practical tips for using Scrivener to “storyboard” your family history.
  • Learn how to store notes, citations, images, and research materials and use keyboard shortcuts and Quick Command keys to access many of Scrivener’s main functions and project and interface shortcuts right from your keyboard.
  • Briefly review the options for compiling your finished draft for printing or exporting for final formatting.

* NOTE: It is highly recommended that you download the free trial version of Scrivener (Available for Mac or Windows) before the boot camp in order to maximize your learning experience. Visit the Literature and Latte web store at http://www.getscrivener.com for your free trial.

Sign Up for the Scrivener Mini Boot Camp Today!

With the Scrivener Mini Boot Camp you’ll receive 1.5 hours of educational content for a special low price of $7.95! You’ll receive an extensive handout, a special Scrivener “freebie” created by instructor Lisa Alzo, as well access to the recorded version of the webinar for up to one year!

Register by Monday, 26 January 2015 and receive $3 off the registration price for a low $4.95! Space is limited and if you register but can’t attend, you’ll still receive the handout, the freebie and access to the recording!

Saturday 31 January 2015
Duration: 1.5 hours
11:00 am EST /10:00 am CDT
Getting Started with Scrivener
Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

Presenter/Moderator Bios

Lisa Alzo – Presenter

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 http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com. For more information see http://www.lisaalzo.com.

Thomas MacEntee – Moderator

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.
  • IMPORTANT: If you use a different email address for Paypal than your normal email address PLEASE LET US KNOW! We have not way of sending you the registration link or password otherwise! Email us at hackgenealogy@gmail.com.
  • Once payment is processed and received, you will receive a confirmation email. You will also receive a link to register for the webinar.
  • 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 password for the webinar as well as links to the handout and freebie so you can review them before we start.
  • After the webinar, all registrants will have access to the recording for personal use for a period of one (1) year. The recording 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 hackgenealogy@gmail.com.

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.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Data Backup Deal from iDrive EXCLUSIVELY for Followers of GeneaBloggers

An early start on Data Backup Day and 2015 New Year's Resolutions! Get automatic backup of all your data - 1TB and file syncing for 75% off at iDrive

UPDATE: This offer has been so popular that iDrive has extended it for one more week – good through Monday 12 January 2015!

I’m committed to making sure that all my fans and followers are backing up years worth of research! So I worked with iDrive to come up with a special deal just for you: 1TB of automatic Online Backup Storage PLUS 1TB of Sync Space file storage, all for only $14.88. This is a 75% savings off the regular price of $59.50!

Data Backup Resolutions for 2015

I just started using iDrive for data backup and it is easy to install, easy to use and it is a “set and forget” program. Talk about peace of mind! If you remember I had a hard drive failure in November that almost wiped me out! I had relied on Dropbox but had turned the “sync” feature off and lost days worth of work. Don’t take chances! Consider using an automatic service like iDrive today!

You MUST use this link in order to get this deal! Offer expires January 12, 2015.

Is iDrive Better than Carbonite? Will iDrive Work on a Mac? And Other Questions

Short answers: Yes and Yes.

First, there are so many benefits that iDrive has over Dropbox, Carbonite and Backblaze. Second, iDrive works with Mac and iOS devices as well as PCs and Android devices. Some other important reason why you may want to use iDrive:

  • iDrive allows multiple machines – you can back up as many as you want – even a combo of PC and Mac devices – all under the 1TB data limit – Carbonite is for one computer.
  • iDrive does mobile devices – Carbonite does not.
  • Carbonite backs up once a day – iDrive is automatic as it happens.
  • iDrive can backup Facebook. Carbonite does not.
  • And this is neat – you can ship an external hard drive to iDrive and they will add it to your backup (extra fee of course)

Check out the comparison of iDrive and Carbonite as well as the comparison of iDrive and Backblaze, and iDrive and Dropbox.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.