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01 November 2013 ~ Comments Off

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 hidefgen@gmail.com for more information.

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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31 October 2013 ~ Comments Off

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

Archives.com Expert Series

My latest article entitled “Bring Out Your Dead: A Look at Mortality Schedules” has been posted at Archives.com.  This is one of many articles you’ll find as part of the Learn from Experts series at Archives.com – 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 Archives.com 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 Archives.com.  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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23 September 2013 ~ Comments Off

Millenniata, Inc. – A New Client for High-Definition Genealogy

M-DISC the 1,000 year storage solution

I am pleased to announce my affiliation with Millenniata, Inc., the creators of an exciting digital storage product: The M-DISC™, the 1,000 year storage solution.

1,000 Year Disc? Really?

Yes, really. Here’s a video (in Polish) of an M-DISC being baked in a tray of lasagna and then cleaned off and it is completely accessible . . .

Visit http://www.mdisc.com/about/ to learn more about the M-DISC and how it can become part of sound archival practices for your family history research and preserving your family memories.

I will be providing Millenniata, Inc. 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 M-DISC product with the genealogy community . . . Stay tuned!

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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