20 July 2011 ~ Comments Off on Blog Talk Radio Interview July 20, 2011 8pm Central

Blog Talk Radio Interview July 20, 2011 8pm Central

I will be interviewed on Blog Talk Radio this evening, Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 8:00 – 9:00 pm Central time. Click here to set a reminder and to listen to the live broadcast.

Jane E. Wilcox hosts the Your Ancestors Want Their Stories To Be Told show and she’ll be asking me how I got into the genealogy field as well as how I am using social media and technology to not only advance my own research but to bring more recognition to the genealogy community.

If you can’t tune in tonight, check back at this link to download the archived episode.

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01 July 2011 ~ Comments Off on Article – How to Attend a Genealogy Webinar

Article – How to Attend a Genealogy Webinar


My latest article entitled “How to Attend a Genealogy Webinar” has been posted at Archives.com.  This is one of many articles you’ll find as part of the Learn from Experts series at Archives.com – check it out and you will see some familiar faces among the genealogy blogging crowd!

The most recent article discusses not only how to select the best genealogy webinar to meet your educational needs and skill level, but also provides some “best practices” on creating the proper learning environment. One of my tips: reboot your computer 15 minutes before you log in to a webinar – this will help free up memory and ensure a better connection to the webinar.

Visit the  Articles page here at High-Definition Genealogy for my other recent and past articles on genealogy.

Disclaimer: this was an assignment for Archives.com in which I was paid to produce a an article on the subject of genealogy webinars.  In addition to payment, I also received a complimentary membership to Archives.com.  See the Disclosure Statements page for a list of all material connections I have with genealogy vendors.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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05 February 2011 ~ Comments Off on Who Do You Think You Are? Ratings – Season 2 Episode 1 Vanessa Williams

Who Do You Think You Are? Ratings – Season 2 Episode 1 Vanessa Williams

These are the overnight ratings for last evening’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? with Vanessa Williams 1:

  • Total viewers: 7.32 million
  • 18-49 age group rating: 1.3
  • 18-49 age share: 4.5 (average of both 30 minute time slots)
  • Time slot rank: 2
  • Evening rank: 6


  • The 7.32 million viewers was a record for the entire WDYTYA series including all episodes from the first season. 2 3
  • WDYTYA did come in second in its timeslot for the evening.
  • Results may be skewed by the fact that the over 50 age group is not accounted for in the overnight ratings and they make up the majority of the genealogy and family history demographic.
  • Also not yet available, is any breakout among the African-American demographic. This is important since Williams is the lead off episode during Black History Month. In Season 1 of WDYTYA, the most popular episode in number of viewers was Emmitt Smith, another African-American celebrity. 4


1 The “overnight ratings” are from the major metropolitan areas. Normally, a follow-up adjustment appears with the final ratings.  In most cases any changes between the overnight and final ratings are minor.

2 Source: The Futon Staff Critic, “Friday’s Broadcast Ratings: NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” Returns With a Series High” The Futon Critic,(http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2011/02/05/fridays-broadcast-ratings-nbcs-who-do-you-think-you-are-returns-with-a-series-high-499305/broadcast_20110204/), accessed 5 February 2011.

3 Source: Marc Berman, “Last Night’s Results for February 4, 2011,” The Programming Insider, MediaWeek (http://pifeedback.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/63310451/m/140108053) accessed 5 February 2011. Note: Berman does point out that DVR usage has impacted ratings with a change from 33% market penetration in 2010 to 38% so far in 2011.

4 Source: Porter, Rick, “TV Ratings: “‘Numb3rs’ finale leads CBS Friday” ZAP2it.com, Tribune Media Services, (http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2010/03/tv-ratings-numb3rs-finale-leads-cbs-friday.html), accessed 13 March 2010.

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