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20 July 2015 ~ Comments Off on I’m Taking a Summer 2015 Genealogy Sabbatical!

I’m Taking a Summer 2015 Genealogy Sabbatical!

Genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee is taking a two-month sabbatical during the Summer of 2015 to focus on writing and 2016 lectures!

Have you ever wanted to take an extended period of work off and just do the things you enjoy most? In my last full-time job, my employer Heller Ehrman provided a paid six-week sabbatical to all employees in their 10th year. And then they provided additional sabbaticals every five years after that. Unfortunately, I never made it to ten years . . .

Some of you may know that recently, I underwent bariatric surgery to deal with my lifelong obesity problem. Here is link to my posting on Facebook:

gastric sleeve

I’m asking for your thoughts and prayers tomorrow morning as I take a big step in my life: I will be having bariatric surgery here in Chicago and will undergo a stomach sleeve gastrectomy. It is a relatively new procedure done laparoscopically and 80% of my stomach will be removed. I will be at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lincoln Park overnight and I will have George post a status update tomorrow afternoon.

Obesity has been a lifelong challenge for me; I know the causes of my overeating and years of therapy and medical guidance have helped, but only to a point. Having surgery has not been a snap decision nor is it seen as a quick fix. I’ve been working towards tomorrow’s surgery since January 2015. When I started having serious health issues late last year, the doctors had a variety of diagnoses. However as the months went on, everything kept pointing back to my obesity. While I did lose over 100 pounds in the late 1980s, now that I’m over 50, I just can’t exercise due to arthritis and the added weight. My current weight is 336 pounds and my goal will be to get under 200 pounds over the next year.

This process is irreversible and means that for the rest of my life I’ll need to modify how and what I eat. I am embarking on a life changing journey and I know that some may think I’m sharing too much here. I’m hoping I can be a role model for others who want to tackle their weight issues and have been considering surgery.


So as I recover from surgery and build new and healthy habits, I decided to lend some focus to my break.

My Genealogy Sabbatical Plans: Re-energize, Re-group, and Re-Up

I wasn’t certain when exactly the surgery would take place, but with the required recovery and restrictions on work and travel, I knew I needed to carve out several weeks without any serious work projects or commitments. So I’ve decided to make the next eight weeks, through 12 September 2015, a work/life sabbatical!

I have no scheduled speaking engagements and no huge projects or tasks to perform. While I do plan on sleeping in each morning and perhaps sit outside and enjoy the warm summer weather, I will balance it with the following:

  • Planning my 2016 genealogy lectures, updating existing lectures and developing new lectures.
  • Update some of my existing e-books on Amazon.
  • Write some new e-books, most based on existing or new lectures.
  • Work on a book about how I started my genealogy business and share the secrets of my success over the past six years.
  • Set up some more affiliate marketing and royalty streams, going after that “long tail” income. It is this income so far in 2015 that has enabled me to not take on work for the next two months.

You can still find me on social media, hanging out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I’ll still be maintaining my Geneabloggers.com and Genealogy.bargains websites. But I’ll have “freedom of focus” as I call it, and not have the typical “project pressure” I seem to have each week.

See you at the beach!

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06 July 2015 ~ Comments Off on Upcoming Appearance: McHenry County (IL) Genealogical Society Conference – 11 July 2015

Upcoming Appearance: McHenry County (IL) Genealogical Society Conference – 11 July 2015

Genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee will present several lectures at the McHenry County (IL) Genealogical Society 2015 Conference, 11 July 2015.

On Saturday, July 11th, I will be speaking in Crystal Lake, Illinois at the McHenry County (IL) Genealogy Society’s Summer Conference. Click here for information and hopefully I will see you there!

I’ll be delivering the following lectures:

  • Evernote for Genealogists: Evernote is a popular way to track your research, clip website content and images, and better yet: you can synchronize the notebooks across different devices and platforms. See how genealogists are using Evernote to not only organize research but to get more information from their finds on the Internet.
  • They’re Alive: Searching for Living Persons: Genealogists have many reasons to locate living relatives – from connecting with long lost cousins to performing collateral searches to break down brick walls. Learn the most effective ways to find living people using Internet search engines and resources.
  • Tracing Your New York Ancestors: Participants will learn the basics of researching their New York ancestors starting with the arrival of Henry Hudson in 1609, to the Yankee migration from New England and then the Immigration era up through the present-day.
  • Can I Use That in My Genealogy? What You Should Know About Copyright: Learn the basics of US copyright law and how you can still use copyrighted items such as document, articles and photographs as part of your genealogy research.

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02 June 2015 ~ Comments Off on Upcoming Appearance: SCGS Jamboree – June 5-7, 2015

Upcoming Appearance: SCGS Jamboree – June 5-7, 2015

Genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee will present several lectures at the SCGS Jamboree, June 5-7, 2015, in Burbank, California.

On Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th, 2015, I will be speaking in Burbank, California at the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree. Although online registration has ended, you can still attend – click here for information. Hopefully I will see you there!

I’ll be delivering the following lectures:

  • 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.
  • Creating a Community Index Project — Many genealogy and historical societies and even individuals own important data records that they want to index and share with the genealogy community but don’t know where to start. Learn about the current options available to create your own community-based indexing project and how to enlist others to help with indexing.
  • The Genealogy Do-Over™: A Year of Learning from Mistakes — It isn’t often that we get a “do-over” when it comes to stuff that matters in life. When you first got started researching your family history, did you do some things that now are just plain “embarrassing” such as name collecting, not citing sources and more? Well now there’s hope since genealogists from beginner to advanced are employing new research methodologies and documentation practices. Follow genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he basically starts his genealogy research from scratch but includes sound research practices and methodologies as well as new templates, tools and the latest technology to create a better body of family history research.

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