30 September 2015 ~ Comments Off on Upcoming Appearance: Ohio Genealogical Society’s 2015 Fall Seminar

Upcoming Appearance: Ohio Genealogical Society’s 2015 Fall Seminar

Genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee will be the featured speaker at the Ohio Genealogical Society's 2015 Fall Seminar on October 3, 2015

On Saturday,  October 3rd, 2015, I will be speaking in Belleville, Ohio at the Ohio Genealogical Society’s 2015 Fall Seminar. Click here for information and hopefully I will see you there!

I’ll be delivering the following lectures:

  • The 15 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists: Who said genealogy and the hunt for your family history has to be expensive? Just as in any other industry, there are some tricks to getting the best deals and bargains in the genealogy marketplace. With The 15 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists you’ll learn the tricks and also how to think like a savvy frugal genealogist! Learn how savvy genealogists are find success with 15 basic habits of frugality. You’ll not only find a list of key resources but more importantly you’ll learn how to embrace the “mind set” of finding the best ways to save money while researching your ancestors.
  • Genealogy Cloud Computing: Cloud computing – the practice of storing data on a remote server – is a practical solution for genealogists. Learn how the cloud works, how to keep your data safe, and the latest cloud programs. Tired of keeping your genealogy research data on multiple CDs, DVDs, flash drives, hard drives and in different locations? Cloud computing – the practice of storing data on a remote server – is a practical solution for genealogists. Learn not only how cloud computing works, but also the latest cloud programs and how to keep your data secure and private.
  • US and Canada Newspaper Research Strategies: While online newspaper resources are plentiful for United States and Canada research, finding the best websites and tools to collect data can be a treasure hunt. Learn how to find the best historic newspaper sites (free and paid) and how to properly capture images and text to improve your genealogical research.
  • After You’ve 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.

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24 September 2015 ~ Comments Off on Upcoming Appearance: Oak Park Public Library, September 25, 2015

Upcoming Appearance: Oak Park Public Library, September 25, 2015

Beginning on Friday, September 25th, at 2:00 pm Central, I will be speaking in Oak Park, Illinois, at the Oak Park Public Library, presenting Building a Research Toolbox. Click here for information and hopefully I will see you there!

Beginning on Friday, September 25th, at 2:00 pm Central, I will be speaking in Oak Park, Illinois, at the Oak Park Public Library, presenting Building a Research Toolbox. Click here for information and hopefully I will see you there!

I’ll be delivering the following lectures:

  • Building a Research Toolbox: Participants will learn not only some of the most important online resources for genealogical research, but also how to organize these resources into an easy-to-access and portable virtual toolbox. Are overwhelmed with the number of online resources for genealogical research? Are you constantly working with unorganized bookmarks or favorites? Printing out lists of websites you use most? Learn how to build a research toolbox that is organized, easy-to-use, and can be accessed from almost anywhere.

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14 September 2015 ~ Comments Off on Upcoming Appearance: British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Conference, September 18-20, 2015

Upcoming Appearance: British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Conference, September 18-20, 2015

Genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee will present several lectures at the BIFHSGO Conference in Ottawa, Canada, September 18-20, 2015

Beginning on Friday, September 18th, I will be speaking in Ottawa, Canada, at the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) Conference. Click here for information and hopefully I will see you there!

I’ll be delivering the following lectures:

  • Genealogy: The Future is Now: “Thomas MacEntee will open the day with a talk related to another one of our main themes for the conference — technology in genealogy. 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 new, 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.”
  • 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.
  • Self-Publishing for Genealogists: Tips, Tricks, and Tools: Advances in recent technology mean that it is no longer necessary to be tied to a publishing house or printer for your next genealogy book. Self-publishing puts control over the entire process in the hands of the genealogist and the genealogical society to reach a wider audience at a reasonable price. There are many benefits to self-publishing, but you should know the difference between digital and print and what your audience wants. Learn the ins and outs of the self-publishing world, including vendors and providers, the self-publishing process, and even how to format your printed work for e-book selling. Both genealogists and genealogical societies can benefit greatly from the print on demand methodology, which is revolutionizing the publishing world.
  • Managing the Genealogy Data Monster: It is so easy to let the large amounts of data involved with genealogy overwhelm you, to the point that family history research is no longer fun! Learn how to tackle the three main problem areas of genealogy data — research data, project data and file data — so you can put the fun back in your research. Attendees will learn the basics of working smarter instead of harder when it comes to managing genealogy data. We will cover setting up genealogy projects and tracking them to completion, using a research log to track research, and learn how to better manage genealogy data files.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

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