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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 February 2012 ~ Comments Off

I’ve Joined the 1940 Census Community Project Team

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A quick note: I’ve signed on as a consultant for the 1940 Census Community Project and will be working with the great folks at FamilySearch on various initiatives, including:

  • publicity and raising awareness (especially among the non-genealogy public) about the release of the 1940 US Census images
  • recruiting both individuals and societies to participate in the indexing of the 1940 US Census

If you haven’t already joined this community effort, please visit http://the1940census.com and get ready for 9:00 am Eastern, April 2, 2012 when the images are released!

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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21 August 2011 ~ Comments Off

Appearance on The Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan, WGN AM Radio

In case you missed it, early this morning, August 21, 2011, I was a guest on the WGN AM Radio show The Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan.

During the segment, I not only discussed some of the basic trends in the genealogy industry and why family history is becoming more and more popular, but I also had a chance to mention the upcoming FGS 2011 conference in Springfield, Illinois, September 7-10, 2011.

You can listen to the segment by clicking the link below:

http://www.wgnradio.com/shows/sundaypapers/wgnam-kogan-uncut-110821-thomas-macentee-federation-of-genealogical-studies,0,6748843.mp3file

I guess the episode went well since Rick said – live on the air – that he’d love to have my come into the studio for an expanded segment about genealogy! So I’ll keep you posted on the progress of that project!

And many thanks to ISGS member Linda Swisher who used her contacts to arrange for my appearance on The Sunday Papers!

© 2011, Thomas MacEntee

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