High-Definition Genealogy High-Definition Genealogy by Thomas MacEntee provides various services to the genealogy and family history community including market research, consulting, education, and more.

26 September 2014 ~ Comments Off

Announcing GenBiz Solutions™ – Resources for Genealogy Entrepreneurs

GenBiz Solutions™

I have a new endeavor that is launching today: GenBiz Solutions™. I’ve partnered with another professional genealogist, Sharon Atkins of It’s All Relatives, to develop a series of guides, tools and templates to assist genealogy entrepreneurs looking to start their own business or to add new products and services to their existing business.

When I started my own business over five years ago, most of the tools available were geared towards other types of businesses, not genealogy businesses. And the genealogy-related business information that was available focused on genealogists seeking research clients.

The goal of GenBiz Solutions™ is more than just producing “reading material” that gets filed away once read. The GenBiz Solutions™ Guides are paired with one or more practical templates that can be used to plan out ideas, products, and success.

Each month we’ll have new guides, authored by business owners who have found success with specific strategies and tools. Topics will cover the areas of marketing, product development, planning, as well as the day-to-day issues that many solopreneurs in the genealogy industry face.

Please take a minute to visit the GenBiz Solutions™ site at http://genbiz.solutions. You can also follow on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/genbizsolutions) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/genbizsolution).

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Innovative solutions for genealogy-related businesses
GenBiz Solutions™ Guides Released

Chicago, Illinois: GenBiz Solutions™ Guides hit the marketplace today to meet the demands of the business owner with a genealogy-related business focus. Independent of developing genealogical research skills, today’s successful genealogy-related business owner must develop or enhance specific business skills. Each GenBiz Solutions™ Guide, geared towards the business side of genealogy, addresses a specific business topic. Initial guides released include:

  • Starting a Genealogy Business
  • Creating a Marketing Plan
  • Building a Business Blog
  • Building Media Relationships
  • Creating a Sales Process

Each guide is priced at $4.95. Now through September 30, 2014, use the promo code FALLSALE2014 to get 10% off on all purchases. In addition, purchase the All In Bundle – all five introductory guides – for only $19.95, a 20% savings. Visit http://genbiz.solutions for more information.

Filling a Need for Business Education Materials

“Genealogy-related business owners come to this industry from a variety of backgrounds and with a mix of experience. Because there are multiple aspects to running any business, as well as aspects uniquely applicable to a genealogy-related business, we saw a need to devise a way to allow each business owner to select educational materials specific to their situation,” said Thomas MacEntee, owner of High Definition Genealogy. “Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as hanging out your shingle and starting to perform research for clients. Today’s genealogy professional is faced with making decisions about business structure, what services to offer, how to attract clients and how to compete.”

Real Advice from Real Genealogy Business Owners

“Tapping into the real life experiences of current business owners, we’ve created GenBiz Solutions™ Guides. Guides are authored by a group of diverse professionals and each examines a relatively narrow topic. This approach allows the genealogy-related business owner to select a guide or multiple guides specific to their unique needs, for a very minimal investment.” continued MacEntee.
GenBiz Solutions™ Guides are delivered electronically in a digital format; they offer knowledge, practical advice and include specific tools and templates for the business owner to incorporate into their practice.

About GenBiz Solutions™

GenBiz Solutions™ is an innovative series of guides for genealogists seeking to establish or enhance a successful genealogy-related business. GenBiz Solutions™ is a partnership of genealogy professionals, coordinated and led by Thomas MacEntee. To purchase GenBiz Solutions™ Guides or for more information, visit: http://genbiz.solutions.

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10 August 2014 ~ Comments Off

A Great Event at the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois

Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois

I want to thank the organizers at the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois for putting on a great event yesterday – their 41st annual conference! I was the featured speaker for the event and there was a large crowd of eager and engaged genealogy enthusiasts in attendance. We had lots of fun and with my four lectures I think the attendees have enough new info and websites to explore for the next few months!

The conference was held at the John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois which is about 323 miles south of Chicago. I traveled with Jane Haldeman, president of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, who set up a booth for ISGS in the vendor hall.

If you are in the Southern Illinois / St. Louis, Missouri area next August, mark your calendars for the next GSSI conference featuring D. Joshua Taylor!

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22 June 2014 ~ Comments Off

New Lecture Topics on Genealogy and Technology

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ve added four new lecture topics to my growing list of genealogy presentations:

  • After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research: Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you’re gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on. Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we’ll review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research.
  • Genealogy: The Future Is Now:  Do you have trouble keeping up with technology, especially programs, apps and websites that other genealogists seem to be using these days? You’re not alone. After a quick review of how much has changed in the past 30 years, you’ll learn what’s hot, what’s now and how to prepare for the genealogy technology of the future. Participants will gain more than just an overview of current technologies used in genealogy; they’ll understand how to seek out new technologies and determine what works and doesn’t work for their own genealogical research.
  • Scarce New World: Will Privacy Kill Genealogy?: Learn the history of privacy and our ancestors and how the changing perceptions of what should and shouldn’t be kept private will have a serious impact on access to records for genealogical research in the future. Our ancestors lived very public lives – anything they did once they left their home was fodder for public consumption. And thankfully so since we now have access to a multitude of records. But did our ancestors realize that those records would be so easily accessed 100 or more years later? And what about the current move to restrict access to frequently relied-upon records sets – will there be anything left for 22nd century genealogists to research?
  • Wearables and Genealogy: Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait?:  What if you could wear a device that would tell you all about a person as you stood in front of their gravestone? What about a device that told you that a DNA match was attending the same genealogy conference? These ideas may seem too futuristic, but they are available now and waiting to be used by genealogists and family historians. As technology advances, the Internet is being made personal in the form of wearable devices. These devices can not only track how far you’ve walked, what you’ve eaten and more, they can also present information when you are in front of a gravestone or a historical site. Learn about Google Glass, Smart Watches and in-development devices that are slated to become the next new genealogy tools.

Speaker’s rates are negotiable depending upon format and number of presentations given.  In addition, topics can be customized for your specific needs.  Please feel free to contact me for more information.

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