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11 July 2012 ~ Comments Off

The Genealogy Industry – Update for 2012

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I invite all my readers to visit my other site, GeneaBloggers, for this series on the state of the genealogy industry entitled Genea-Opportunities – 2012 Update. The week-long series of posts will cover the growing genealogy industry from various angles including professional genealogists who have started their own businesses.

Here are the topics to be covered:

  • Monday: Genealogy Blogging – For Fun or Profit? – A discussion about whether or not a blog should have advertising, affiliate links, etc. and what constitutes a commercial genealogy blog, an individual genealogy blog and is there a balance that can and should be maintained.
  • Tuesday: Careers in Genealogy – A look at the “traditional” genealogy careers and a focus on some genealogists and family historians who are thinking “outside the genealogy charts,” as I put it, to carve out their own career paths.
  • Wednesday: What Do You Mean It Isn’t Free? – How do we as a community deal with the perception that everything – and I meaneverything – is free for the taking when it comes to genealogy. From commercial databases, to freely stealing content from a blog or website, to being incensed when a genealogist charges for a webinar or a syllabus.  This will be a no-holds barred looked at why certain perceptions exist in the genealogy community and how they must change in order for the industry to move forward in the 21st century.
  • Thursday: How Do You Make Money in Genealogy? – Most readers here at GeneaBloggers and at my other sites know that I am a pretty open and transparent guy when it comes to disclosing my material relationships with other genealogy vendors and organizations. Well, I am willing to spell out what I currently do in the genealogy field to try and make a buck.  I may surprise you with exact dollar figures (but you will be greatly disappointed, believe me), and at the very least I will be upfront about some current projects.  I’m hoping my colleagues might consider doing the same.
  • Friday: Money Changes Everything – Or Does It? – finally at the end of the series we’ll recap the discussion and see how the genealogy community and industry needs to move forward in terms of its relationship to money
Visit http://www.geneabloggers.com/geneaopportunities-2012-update/ each day to read the latest post.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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21 June 2012 ~ Comments Off

Google for Genealogists presentation – August 25, 2012 – Swedish American Museum, Chicago

Nordic Family Genealogy Center

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the Nordic Family Genealogy Center will host a special lecture with Thomas MacEntee, nationally-known genealogy author, educator, and speaker. He will present on using Google search engine when conducting genealogy research. Most genealogists only use 10% or less of the resources behind Google when it comes to research. Learn how to use the other 90%!

Registration for this event takes place at 10:15 am, and the program will start at 10:30 a.m. Free to Museum and Nordic Family Genealogy members, $10 for non-members.

Reservations requested. Phone the Museum at 773.728.8111. For more information, please visit our website, www.SwedishAmericanMuseum.org/genealogy. You may also e-mail genealogy@samac.org.

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12 June 2012 ~ Comments Off

Preview: Researching Your New York Ancestors

If you were unable to catch my webinar Researching Your New York Ancestors at Legacy Family Tree last month, here is a preview of what you’ll find on the CD:

You can purchase the webinar on CD which also comes with a four-page handout at the Legacy Family Tree store by clicking here.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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