Disclosure Statements

disclosure statements

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by Thomas MacEntee. For questions about this blog, please contact me at hidefgen at gmail dot com.

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner(s) of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own.

Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

The owner has received products, services, payments from the following:

  • 23andMe: I have received a 23andMe Spit Kit, valued at $299, for evaluation purposes.
  • Advertise With Bloggers: I have written guest blog posts for other blogs and websites for which I have been compensated financially; I have also produced targeted editorial content in the form of blog posts at GeneaBloggers using keywords and other supplied content for specific advertisers for which I have been compensated financially.
  • Ancestry.com: In 2014, I received a complimentary version of Ancestry.com’s World Plus subscription; I am often asked to beta test new features before they are released. I have attended various events sponsored by Ancestry.com, some of which have included compensation for travel and meal expenses; I have attended various Ancestry.com events at genealogy conferences (by invitation) which have included free meals and free copies of software as well as logo ware (promotional items with the Ancestry.com logo); and I have also received a complimentary AncestryDNA test for evaluation purposes.
  • Archives.com: I have written Expert Series articles for Archives.com for which I was paid; and I have received a free Archives.com membership.
  • Backblaze: I am an affiliate for Backblaze and have also been given a free 1-year license of the Backblaze program to backup my computer and to review the service.
  • Family History Expos: I have been named a Blogger of Honor by Family History Expos and/or have presented as a speaker for various Family History Expos events; such designation entitled me to complimentary registration, wi-fi access, banquet or event admission, as well as promotional gift items.
  • Family Search: I have attended various events sponsored by FamilySearch, some of which have included compensation for travel and meal expenses; I have attended various FamilySearch sponsored events at genealogy conferences (by invitation) which included transportation, accommodations, meals and free logo ware (promotional items with the Family Search logo); I have been designated a RootsTech Official Blogger for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 which entitled me to free registration and other perks during the conference; and I also worked as a paid consultant for the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project handling social media projects.
  • F+W Media: I have taught webinars and have participated in virtual conferences at Family Tree University for which I have been compensated; I have written several articles for Family Tree Magazine for which I have been compensated; I was a member of a Family Tree 40 Panel which assisted in selecting the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs for Family Tree Magazine; and I use affiliate links to sell Family Tree Magazine-related products.
  • Family ChartMasters: Family ChartMasters has sponsored the Mardi Gras beads for bloggers at SCGS Jamboree; I have periodically received chocolate bars and discount coupons from Family ChartMasters, both of which I have used (chocolate makes me happy).
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies: In the past I have served as a Director for the Federation of Genealogical Societies as well as its Marketing & Public Relations Chair; in addition, I served as National Publicity Co-Chair for the FGS 2011 and FGS 2012 national conferences which entitled me to compensation for hotel accommodations.
  • findmypast.com:  I have received a complimentary 12 Month World Subscription in order to evaluate the new findmypast.com site available to US subscribers.
  • FindTheData: I have been designated as an expert blogger at FindTheData for purposes of updating information on genealogy-related products and services.
  • Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner:  I was engaged as a paid consultant with Couragent, Inc., maker of the Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner; and I have received a complimentary scanner for evaluation purposes and I use Flip-Pal affiliate links on this blog and other sites.
  • fold3: I have used affiliate links and advertising for Fold3 on this blog and other blogs and websites I own; I received compensation for sales made through these links to fold3.
  • Genealogical Publishing Company: I have used affiliate links and advertising for Genealogical Publishing Company on this blog and other blogs and websites I own; I receive complimentary copies of books and other items for review; and I keep the items for personal use or I donate them to genealogical societies as door prizes.
  • Genealogical Speakers Guild: I have been a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guide (GSG); I served co-chair of the GSG Virtual Presentations Committee and I have contributed to their quarterly newsletter Speak!.
  • GenealogyBank: I have used affiliate links and advertising for GenealogyBank on this blog and other blogs and websites I own; I received compensation for sales made through these links to GenealogyBank.
  • Geni: I have received a complimentary Pro membership and conference swag (t-shirts, etc.) from Geni.com; and I have contributed to a weekly podcast on various genealogy topics at the Geni.com blog for which I received no compensation.
  • Illinois State Genealogical Society: In the past I have served as webmaster and Publicity Chair for the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS). I have also been a speaker for the ISGS Webinar Series, and I was compensated with a speaker fee for each lecture.
  • Legacy Family Tree: I have received complimentary copies of software and training materials from Millennia Corporation, parent company of Legacy Family Tree; I also have produced several webinars for which I have been compensated via speakers fees and recording royalties; I have also performed social media consulting work for Millennia Corporation; I was also selected as a speaker on a Legacy Family Tree Cruise for which I was compensated; I produce and edit the Legacy QuickGuides™ for which I receive a royalty for each copy sold; and I also have used affiliate links and advertising for Legacy Family Tree on this blog and other blogs and websites I own.
  • Mocavo: I have been provided with a complimentary one-year Mocavo Plus subscription to give away in a contest of my choosing and design.
  • MyHeritage: As of July 2014, several of my blogs and websites (GeneaBloggers, HackGenealogy, High-Definition Genealogy and Destination: Austin Family) are sponsored by MyHeritage for which I am compensated financially; in addition, I use MyHeritage affiliate links and ads on these sites and the RSS feeds for these sites.
  • ObitsArchive: I have used affiliate links and advertising for ObitsArchive on this blog and other blogs and websites I own. I have received compensation for sales made through these links to ObitsArchive.
  • Obit Magazine: I have been paid to write articles for Obit Magazine.
  • Pocket Tree: I received a complimentary copy of Pocket Tree which I reviewed at GeneaBloggers and I retained the item for my own personal use.
  • ReelGenie: I have provided paid consulting services (marketing) to ReelGenie.
  • RootsMagic: I have received free copies of RootsMagic software on various occasions.
  • Saving Memories Forever: I have provided paid consulting services to Saving Memories Forever; and Saving Memories Forever has been a paid advertiser at GeneaBloggers.
  • Shop The Hound: I reviewed the Zcan+ mouse scanner which was provided to me by Shop The Hound at no cost.
  • uencounter.me: I received a Premium Subscription at uencounter.me for purposes of reviewing the site’s functions.
  • Vintage Aerial: I received a complimentary 12 x 18 framed photo of my choice from Vintage Aerial valued at $349 for review purposes; after the review, I retained the product to hang in my home office; in addition, I have contributed blog posts to the Vintage Aerial blog.
  • WikiTree: I provide paid consulting services to WikiTree.

This blog does not contain content which, in my opinion, might present a conflict of interest.

To learn more about blogger disclosure issues, go to Why You Need a Blogging Disclosure Statement at Geneabloggers.  To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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