04 August 2012 ~ Comments Off

APG Roundtable – Records Access: The Art of Advocacy

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be serving as moderator for the upcoming APG Roundtable to be held during the upcoming FGS 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.  Please make this a part of your week of genealogy education while at FGS!

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Join us for the APG Roundtable immediately following the Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 7:00 PM in the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, Ballroom XII.

Learn what you and/or your chapter can do to help preserve the records so crucial to our profession and ensure our access to those records in the future! It is not always about confrontation. The legwork, correspondence, and behind-the-scenes activities are critical, guiding bills from their inception, in and out of committees, to their ultimate enactment or defeat. This is where APG can have an enormous impact on legislation that threatens us all.

Mark your calendar now! It promises to be a lively discussion, followed by some role-playing to demonstrate situations you may encounter along the way. You will not want to miss this outstanding panel of experts:

Thomas MacEntee, Moderator (Chicago, Illinois)

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in technology and social media to improve genealogical research and to interact with others in the family history community. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com, he has organized and engaged a community of over 2,500 bloggers. He serves on the Board of Directors of FGS and has worked with their Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) in hosting and broadcasting programs on FGS Radio and his own Geneabloggers Radio to raise awareness of records-access issues for genealogists. In December 2011, he created Occupy Genealogy (http://www.occupygenealogy.com) in an effort to mobilize the genealogical community into action on issues critical to the profession, and the movement has acquired nearly 1,000 followers on Facebook.

Alvie Davidson, CGSM (Lakeland, Florida)

Alvie Davidson is a retired U. S. Naval Reserve Security Group member, a licensed private investigator and Certified Genealogist,SM specializing in heir-searching, missing persons, and probate research. He serves on APG’s Advocacy Committee and has worked extensively with RPAC on the issue of records preservation and access.

Teri Flack (Austin, Texas)

Teri Flack is the chair of the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Records Preservation and Access Committee. She also serves as state liaison to the national RPAC and has been a featured guest on Blog Talk Radio. Teri has also worked with the “Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force,” a group that has been assessing court record conditions and how to preserve those records for the future. Teri will graduate in December from Texas State University with a master’s degree in Public History. She volunteers at the Texas State Archives on a project to preserve and make accessible to the public over 1,000 volumes of Galveston County records from the 19th and 20th centuries. Teri has also served on the FGS Board of Directors.

Polly Kimmitt, CGSM (Shrewsbury, Massachusetts)

Polly Kimmitt is the president of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council, formed in 1980 as the umbrella organization representing Massachusetts genealogists, historical societies, and individuals who are concerned about records preservation and free and unfettered access to civil records. MGC serves as the records access watchdog for the Massachusetts Legislature regarding access issues. Polly is also past president of the New England Chapter of APG, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for FGS.

Kelvin L. Meyers (Dallas, Texas)

Kelvin Meyers is an experienced forensic genealogist and a founding member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. He currently contracts with attorneys, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and heir-searching companies. Kelvin lectures throughout Texas and Oklahoma, and at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama. He serves on APG’s Advocacy Committee and is a past president of the Lone Star Chapter.

We hope to see you there!

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17 May 2012 ~ Comments Off

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
9:00 pm Eastern
8:00 pm Central
7:00 pm Mountain
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Thomas MacEntee
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In this fun and informative webinar, you’ll learn from Robin Evans and Thomas MacEntee how to get your society’s Flip-Pal® mobile scanner Affiliate Program up and running in no time!

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28 September 2011 ~ Comments Off

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Gene-A-Rama April 27-28, 2012

I’m happy to announce that I will be featured as the main speaker for the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society‘s Gene-A-Rama event, April 27-28, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

During the FGS 2011 conference, I had the chance to chat with Mary Rieder, WSGS president and she had no problem convincing me to make the trip north for this great event.

I will be presenting some of my more popular lectures including Facebook for GenealogistsManaging Your Genealogy Data, and They’re Alive – Searching for Living Persons. And I will be developing a new lecture just for the folks at WSGS entitled Behind the Cheese Curtain: A Look at Wisconsin Genealogy Resources.

Finally, I will also provide a humorous look at genealogy and technology – Genealogy
Party Line: Hung Up on Technology – during the Friday evening banquet.

As you can see above, I love working with genealogy societies and I can even customize an in-person talk or webinar (from my home in Chicago) just for your society!

Come join me and many other genealogists in Green Bay next April! Click here for more information.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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