A New Beginning

First, welcome to my new website entitled High-Definition Genealogy.

Second, your next question should be: what will I find here?

After being laid off from my legal tech position in late 2008, and successfully launching the GeneaBloggers.com site in early 2009, I realized that what I originally identified as a classic “mid-life crisis” was actually an epiphany, a revelation.  I realized that I could make a career in the genealogy and family history industry if I put my mind and my might to it.  After all, I come from a long line of ancestors who not only faced adversity, but also sought creative ways to scratch out a living.

Third, the follow-up question naturally is: So how’s he going to do it?

I’ve come to the realization that although the field of genealogy has been around for centuries, since the advent of personal computers and the Internet in the late 20th century, the search for one’s ancestors has entered a new phase.

This phase is not what I would call “mature” but one of adolesence at least in respect to the technologies available.

My strong suit has always been the ability to make “non-techies” feel comfortable with technology whether it was the IBM PC in the 1980s or Twitter in 2010.  Not only can I use my skills to continue this message of “selectively chosen technologies openly embraced and purposefully applied can expand one’s genealogy experience” but I can also make a living doing so.

Finally, this site will be more than just a landing pad to engage my services as a lecturer, a writer or an educator.  In the coming weeks and months, look for market research services as they pertain to the genealogy industry.  I’ve come to the realization that as more people become interested in their own family history, they will become consumers of genealogy-related products.  There is a vast market out there – some have valued at over $1B in the United States alone – and no one seems to be tracking the demographics, the major vendors as well as the mom-and-pop operations and the startups.

In keeping with the television motif here at High-Definition Genealogy, stay tuned!

© 2010, Thomas MacEntee

About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Thomas MacEntee is a genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,100 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

15 Comments on "A New Beginning"

  1. Wow! How is it that I managed to miss the announcement of your new venture T2?! CONGRATS!!!

    Here’s wishing you a boatload of success and many blissfully happy clients!:-)

    Luckie.

  2. Love the look of your new site, Thomas! Best wishes!

  3. …and, the fourth question is “How in the world do you find the time to have so many great blogs going?!!”

    It sounds super and best wishes!

  4. Good luck Thomas. Hope this new venture/adventure is everything you want it to be. Regards and best wishes for the future, Brett

  5. Congratulations on your new venture, Thomas! I see no need to wish you luck as everything you touch turns to gold!

  6. Congrats Thomas!!!

    You’re an inspiration; much success!
    (I’ll be watching to see – and learn – how you do it)

    Peace,
    “Guided by the Ancestors”

  7. Thomas,

    Absolutely love your logo. Wishing you much success. You will do great!!

  8. Greetings and Congrats, Thomas! I know you are going to do well.
    ~Kathryn
    LOOKING4ANCESTORS

  9. Good for you, Thomas. Excellent. Best wishes in this new approach and venture. Title is very timely – as you always are!!

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories – and help others do so as well! If I can be of assistance in any way, do not hesitate to ask!

    Bill 😉

    http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/
    Author of “13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories”
    http://eduscapes.com/v2a/back_to_the_homeplace.html

  10. Thomas,

    What a wonderful idea! I wish you all the best in your newest endeavor! Can’t wait to see what you have programmed. *wink*

    ~Caroline Pointer
    Family Stories

  11. I’m glad you finally decided to jump feet first into this wonderful field.
    I think the field of genealogy will be greatly strengthened by the addition of people coming from other professional backgrounds and I wish you the best in your newfound career!
    Evelyn Yvonne Theriault
    A Canadian Family
    A Festival of Postcards

  12. Thomas Dahling!

    Quel Surprise! Very hip and groovy. You are going places and this may be the vehicle that takes you there! I can’t wait to see more!

  13. Congratulations, this is going to be WONDERFUL!!!!!!

  14. Great job! Look forward to what you have to offer here.

  15. Love this site and the logo! I have an idea and will pass it along when I get it finalized.

    Way To Go!

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