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06 July 2010 ~ 2 Comments

It’s 10:00 PM – Do You Know Where Your Genealogy Data Is?

I’ve updated the Articles section of High-Definition Genealogy and as you can see I’ve been churning out quite a few pieces of writing lately! I also have some writing deadlines coming up including articles for national genealogical society newsletters, a nationally-known genealogy magazine as well as a chapter in a new edition of a popular genealogy book!

My latest article entitled “It’s 10 PM – Do You Know Where Your Genealogy Data Is?” has been posted at Archives.com.  I really enjoy writing these “how to” articles with practical advice and links to sites and resources – most, if not all are free.

[Disclaimer: this was an assignment for Archives.com in which I was paid to produce a 1800 word article on the subject of digital preservation.  In February 2010, I wrote a similar article for Archives.com with similar payment terms.  In addition to payment, I also received a complimentary membership to Archives.com.]

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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03 June 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Transitioning A Genealogy Society

I recently was asked to participate in a series of guest posts entitled Summer of Genealogy Wishes over at the Gen Wish List blog.  Tina Lyons runs a super site which has lots of useful information for genealogists including ideas about genealogy societies.

Check out my guest post entitled Genealogy Societies: The Transition Balance Beam which discusses various approaches a genealogy society can take to begin using 21st century technology and marketing techniques.  These approaches can ensure not only attracting newer and younger members, but also retain older and loyal members as well.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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27 May 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Email Signature Cheat Sheet

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Recently, in my role as Publicity Chair for the Illinois State Genealogical Society, I was asked to develop an “email signature” to publicize various events including the upcoming FGS 2011 conference in Springfield, IL.

What Is An Email Signature?

An email signature is usually a snippet of text or an image embedded into your blank email template.  Each time you create a new email, the text or signature will appear at the bottom.

Here is an example of my current email signature using Outlook 2007:

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Why Use An Email Signature?

Look at the bottom of your email as real estate that should be used wisely.  If you run a business, you should be placing links to your website or advertising your latest special or offering.

If you sit on the board of a genealogical society, think about advertising your next event or project.  It costs nothing and every time you send an email, the message gets out.

Email Signature Cheat Sheet

In order to get all our ISGS board members on board and have them create email signatures, I had to address all the different email programs such as AOL, Gmail, Hotmail and more!  That’s why I’ve created the FREE Guide to Email Signatures over at The Connected Genealogist (downloads in PDF) to help walk you through the process.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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