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01 November 2013 ~ Comments Off on New E-Book: Preserving Your Family’s Oral History and Stories

New E-Book: Preserving Your Family’s Oral History and Stories

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I’m pleased to announce my newest e-book just in time for the holidays!  If you’ve struggled with how to capture and preserve all those family stories told around the dinner table or at special family events, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Preserving Your Family’s Oral History and Stories.

Here is a description of what you’ll find inside:

Many of us got our start in tracing and preserving our family history based on a story, perhaps one you heard as a child. Do you remember how engaging that story was? Was it the story itself or how the storyteller presented the information? Whatever the reasons, the story had an impact and if not preserved on paper or in an audio recording, that story is somehow preserved in your mind.

Fast forward to the 21st century and it seems that “what’s old is new again” with storytelling one of the hot buzz words. The fact is that oral history and storytelling as it involves family and ancestry has been around ever since humans walked the earth. Before writing forms existed and even as recently as the early 20th century with a lack of vital records, family history was preserved as oral history.

Preserving Your Family’s Oral History and Stories provides you with all the information on the latest methods and tools used to capture and preserve those family stories. In addition, once you’ve learned how it easy it is to build a family archive of stories, you’ll want to share them with others using the tips and tricks provided in this book.

Bloggers and reviewers interested in a review copy can contact me at for more information.

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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31 October 2013 ~ Comments Off on New Article: Bring Out Your Dead: A Look at Mortality Schedules

New Article: Bring Out Your Dead: A Look at Mortality Schedules Expert Series

My latest article entitled “Bring Out Your Dead: A Look at Mortality Schedules” has been posted at  This is one of many articles you’ll find as part of the Learn from Experts series at – check it out and you will see some familiar faces among the genealogy blogging crowd!

The most recent article discusses how deaths were tracked in the Non-Population Schedules of the US Federal Census as well as in some state census returns. Most of these censuses took place from 1850 to 1900 and tracked deaths as well as causes of death for the year prior to the Census Day. Since many states did not formally track vital records until even the early 20th century, the mortality schedules offer lots of information to fill in the gaps of your geneaogy and family history research.

Visit the Articles page here at High-Definition Genealogy for my other recent and past articles on genealogy.

Disclaimer: this was an assignment for in which I was paid to produce a an article on the subject of genealogy webinars.  In addition to payment, I also received a complimentary membership to  See the Disclosure Statements page for a list of all material connections I have with genealogy vendors.

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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20 September 2013 ~ Comments Off on New Genealogy Presentations Available

New Genealogy Presentations Available

Genealogy and Family History Presentations

I’ve just finished updating my list of genealogy and family history presentation topics available as live, in-person lecture or online webinars. There are now over 70 different topics listed here.

You’ll find new topics such as 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists, Metadata for Digital Images, and Wolfram|Alpha for Genealogists. In addition, there is a new “super powers series” which includes The Genealogy Superpowers of . . . An Address, The Genealogy Superpowers of . . . An Occupation, and The Genealogy Superpowers of . . . A Name.

And click here or see below to view all the topics and descriptions over on Pinterest!

For webinars, I provide my own GoToWebinar platform, which has become the virtual education standard in the genealogy community. You get the same presentation qualities including a handout and a question & answer period that you get with one of my live lectures. Plus, GoToWebinar now allows me to use my webcam so that I am more than just a talking head or floating voice!

Contact me at with questions and for more information. My dates for 2014 are starting to fill up, so if you or your genealogy society are in need of a speaker let me know!

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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