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05 August 2011 ~ Comments Off on Explorinar: Google Alerts for Genealogists – August 8, 2011

Explorinar: Google Alerts for Genealogists – August 8, 2011

Google Alerts for Genealogists
presented by Thomas MacEntee

August 8, 2011
9pm Eastern
8pm Central
7pm Mountain
6pm Pacific

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Rather than having to go to Google and search every week for the same surnames or other search terms, wouldn’t it be great if Google alerted you of any updated or new sites related to your search? Instead of you going to Google, Google comes to you?

Google Alerts is one such program that more and more genealogists are learning how to use to help their own research. In this Explorinar, you’ll learn:

– what a Google Alert is
– how to set up a Google Alert
– the various notification methods available with Google Alerts
– creative ways to use Google Alerts

What’s an Explorinar? A casual exploration of a website, an application or some other program that could be useful to genealogists and family historians. Explorinars are free and limited to 100 participants. There are no handouts so please take notes. A free recording of the session will be posted at

Thomas MacEntee is a professional 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 in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of ( he has organized and engaged a community of over 2,000 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

Through his business High-Definition Genealogy (http//, Thomas is available for speaking engagements, workshops and other events. High-Definition Genealogy also performs market research within the genealogy industry and has proven track-record of mapping out the genealogy industry landscape for clients seeking to transact business and interact in the field.

Title: Explorinar: Google Alerts for Genealogists
Date: Monday, August 8, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

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05 August 2011 ~ Comments Off on Geni Podcast – Genealogy Research Log

Geni Podcast – Genealogy Research Log

Each week I record a short podcast for Geni and the topics cover some aspect of genealogy and family history.

In this week’s podcast entitled Genealogy Research Logs, I discuss why every genealogist – beginner, intermediate and advanced – really needs a genealogy research log and how to create one that works for you and your research.

You can find all my past podcasts on the Geni blog by clicking here.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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28 July 2011 ~ Comments Off on Date Change – Illinois Genealogy Crash Course

Date Change – Illinois Genealogy Crash Course

UPDATE: the webinar has been moved to Wednesday, September 21, 2011! See below for more info.

Join me on Wednesday evening, September 21, 2011 for my next webinar: Illinois Genealogy Crash Course over at Family Tree University.

About the Webinar:

A plethora of resources are available to those with Illinois ancestors, including great libraries and expansive websites. This live webinar with Thomas MacEntee will show you how to make the most of the Land of Lincoln’s genealogical bounty.

What you’ll learn:

  • Essential Illinois history
  • Details on vital records and immigration in the state
  • What ethnicity-based records your ancestor may have left
  • The best websites for Illinois research

Registration for the live session includes:

  • Participation in the live presentation and Q&A session Access to the webinar recording to view again as many times as you like
  • A PDF of the presentation slides for future reference
  • A PDF of our Illinois State Research Guide

Who should attend:

  • Anyone with Illinois roots
  • Librarians who want to help patrons with online research about Illinois

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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