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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.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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25 March 2014 ~ Comments Off

Inspiration: Sister Corita’s Rules

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Starting any new business – let along a genealogy business – isn’t easy and I often look for inspiration in various areas. While the typical sources include looking at similar businesses and looking at many blog posts, articles and online content, every so often you stumble upon something that makes you go “whoa.”

We’re not talking that cute inspirational saying that you re-tweet or a motto graphic you share with your Facebook friends or pin to a board on Pinterest. We’re talking something you take to heart, you study constantly, you actually order as a poster for your office . . . and you marvel at not only its complexity but also its simplicity. Such is the case for Sister Corita’s Rules (click the image above to embiggen).

Who Was Corita Kent?

Corita Kent was an artist and a nun in the order in the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She was also an educator and taught art at the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, California whose work in the field of serigraphs had a profound interest on modern art in the 1960s and 1970s. It is likely that you’ve seen work by Sister Corita although you may not realize the name of the artist.

For more information on Sister Corita, see How a Screenprinting Nun Changed the Course of Modern Art (via Gizmodo).

Sister Corita’s Rules

Rule 1

Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.

Rule 2

General duties of a student:
Pull everything out of your teacher.
Pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3

General duties of a teacher:
Pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4

Consider everything an experiment.

Rule 5

Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them.
To be disciplined is to follow in a good way.
To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.

Rule 7

The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.

Rule 8

Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

Rule 9

Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

Rule 10

“We’re breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that by leaving plenty of room for x quantities.” John Cage

Helpful hints: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything it might come in handy later. There should be new rules next week.

Where do you find inspiration?

Whether you’ve started your own genealogy business, or you’re an amateur genealogist – what inspires you and where do you go for inspiration?

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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07 November 2012 ~ Comments Off

Announcing a New Client – ReelGenie

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I am pleased to announce my affiliation with the creators of an exciting new product for the genealogy market – ReelGenie.

I’ve dubbed ReelGenie “The Genealogy Technology to Watch in 2013” since it will revolutionize family history storytelling through its intuitive, web-based movie platform. ReelGenie combines three of the most popular computing trends—online video, social media and the cloud—with a rapidly-growing interest in genealogy.

The result? The only online platform that fulfills every item on the consumer’s wish list. Here’s what ReelGenie offers:

  • Ease of Use. Have fun creating movies (not just simple slide shows) with drag-and-drop ease—and see immediate success. Users can import digital images and data from partners’ websites or upload from their computer. And adding voiceovers and background music is a breeze.
  • Elegance. Using pre-designed templates and video effects relevant to the story’s content, ReelGenie produces visually stunning movies. This process is supported by the “StoryGenie”, which walks users through the process of telling a captivating story. ReelGenie’s  Storytelling Advisor delivers expert insights via blog posts and sample videos.
  • Rich Content. ReelGenie’s curated library of premium images and music is tailored to telling family stories.
  • Affordability. ReelGenie is accessible to all users at an affordable price.
  • Social and Collaborative Appeal. Through ReelGenie’s collaborative editor, users can invite family members to contribute to the movie. With the ability to share online via Facebook and other social networks, users receive the validation and motivation to enjoy the movie-making process and come back for more.

Visit signup.reelgeniefilms.com and sign up for a sneak peek at ReelGenie once the product is launched!

I will be providing ReelGenie with the high-quality analysis, evaluation, marketing, social media and business development services which I provide specifically for the genealogy and family history community of businesses and non-profit organizations.

I’m excited to share information as I can about the ReelGenie product with the genealogy community . . . Stay tuned!

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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