New Genealogy and Family History Presentations by Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee announces eight new genealogy and family history related presentations covering topics including privacy, DNA, research methodology and more.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve added eight new lecture topics to my growing list of genealogy and family history presentations:

Hobby with not-so-humble origins or an industry built on Big Data? Genealogy and family history represent a growing business in the United States and around the world. What does it take to run your own genealogy-related business?

  • Calling All Genea-preneurs: How to Start Your Own Family History Business: Hobby with not-so-humble origins or an industry built on Big Data? Genealogy and family history represent a growing business in the United States and around the world. What does it take to run your own genealogy-related business? There are many steps to the process of creating a genealogy business. While the basics of starting a business will give a solid foundation, there are some special “twists” peculiar to the genealogy industry that you’ll have to watch out for in order to find success.

Most genealogists aren’t taking full advantage of all the clues available in city directories. Learn how go beyond a mere “lookup” of your ancestor and their family. Understand how city directories were created, the secrets of abbreviations, and how to use the F.A.N. Club approach to get the most information possible.

  • City Directories: No Town Too Small, No Clue Too Little: Most genealogists aren’t taking full advantage of all the clues available in city directories. Learn how go beyond a mere “lookup” of your ancestor and their family. Understand how city directories were created, the secrets of various abbreviations, and how to use the F.A.N. Club approach to getting the most information possible. Participants will learn the history of city directories, how important they were to even the smallest town, and how to extract every possible clue for your genealogy research. We’ll cover digital/online directories, how to deal with numbering grid and street name changes, what those “weird codes” mean and more.

You have 15 minutes before you need to do something. Is it really to do meaningful genealogy research in that time period? Are you putting of researching because you believe you need a two or three hour block of time? Learn how to use the Genealogy Pit Stop concept to succeed in the research race!

  • Genealogy Pit Stop: Research in 15 minute Increments: You have 15 minutes before you need to _____________ (pick up the grandchildren / wash the dog / make dinner . . .). Is it really possible to do meaningful genealogy research in that short time period? Are you putting of researching an ancestor because you believe you need a two or three hour block of time? Learn how to use the Genealogy Pit Stop concept to succeed in the research race! Participants will learn what race car driving teams already know: you can accomplish important, detail-oriented work in a short amount of time. You’ll learn how to leverage to-do lists, research logs, tracking systems, clue gathering tricks and more to actually do genealogy research every day! No more saving that research for when you have a large block of time . . . which never seems to happen.

Do you get so excited when you find a new record for an ancestor that you forget to collect the information you need? Does that record shine and glitter so brightly that you are blinded to other vital clues you might need? Learn the “One Pass” approach to genealogy research and never get distracted again!

  • One Touch Genealogy Research: How to Handle a Record Just Once: Do you get so excited when you find a new record for an ancestor that you forget to collect the information you need? Does that record shine and glitter so brightly that you are blinded to other vital clues you might need? Learn the “One Pass” approach to genealogy research and never get distracted again! Participants will learn the best way to extract as much information as possible from a genealogy record on the first pass! We’ll cover how to save and name record images, how to transcribe and extract information, how to create a quick source citation, and how to make sure you can find the record in the future.

Especially as personal DNA testing increases in popularity, and with increased media attention to cold cases solved via DNA and the use of genealogy databases, today’s genealogist needs to stay on top of the latest information concerning privacy.

  • Privacy, DNA, and Genealogy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword: Especially as personal DNA testing increases in popularity, and with increased media attention to cold cases solved via DNA and the use of genealogy databases, today’s genealogist needs to stay on top of the latest information concerning privacy. We’ll review the current status of privacy practices by the big genealogy and DNA vendors, current laws and regulations, and what we might expect to see related to privacy in the future. Has your concern for privacy prevented you or a family member for taking a DNA test? What about sharing your genealogy research data online with practical strangers (even though you might be related)? We’ll take inventory of the current privacy and genealogy practices, look to future practices, and offer practical advice for hobbyists as well as professionals.

Ever wonder how family heirlooms such as photos and more end up at a flea market? Have you located items online at Ebay, Etsy and other sites and wished you could reunite them with family descendants? Learn the best ways to locate orphaned family history items and how to make sure they endure as heirlooms.

  • Rescuing Orphaned Items: How to Save and Share Ebay, Etsy and Flea Market Finds: Ever wonder how family heirlooms such as photos, certificates, letters, diaries and more end up at a garage sale or flea market? Have you located items online at Ebay, Etsy and other sites and wished you could reunite them with family descendants? Learn the best ways to locate orphaned family history items and how to make sure they endure as heirlooms. Participants will learn how to locate lost family heirlooms at in-person events like flea markets as well as at online websites. We’ll cover how to research the history of an item, how to work with the seller, how to contact possible family members related to the item and more.

Does your genealogy research get bogged down when you find new clues about an ancestor? Do you stop everything and chase after that BSO (“bright and shiny object”)? Learn how to increase your research efficiency and still remember that new information for later investigation.

  • Turning Genealogy Clues into Genealogy To Do’s: Does your genealogy research get bogged down when you find new clues about an ancestor? Do you stop everything and chase after that BSO (“bright and shiny object”)? Learn how to increase your research efficiency and still remember that new information for later investigation. Participants will learn how to identify new clues in records, document new information and tuck it away for later research. In addition, we’ll focus on building better and more efficient research habits in order to stay on track and not get distracted by new clues.

As more and more Baby Boomers take on the task of organizing family history materials, we’re uncertain about the best way to preserve these memories. Participants will learn the best ways to organize and preserve family photos including outsourcing as well as the DIY approach

  • You Can Do This: Photo Organizing and Preservation: Are you sitting on a pile of old family photographs and wondering what is the best way to preserve them? What about boxes of family vacation slides, photo negatives or home movies? As more and more Baby Boomers take on the task of organizing family history materials, we’re uncertain about the best way to preserve these memories. And an over-abundance of technology doesn’t help! Participants will learn the best ways to organize and preserve family photos including outsourcing as well as the DIY approach. Starting with quick and easy inventory and organizing tips, we’ll move on to creating a strategic plan to finally get this photo project done!

Speaking rates are negotiable depending upon format and number of presentations given.  All topics are available in webinar format starting at just $100 USD per webinar. In addition, topics can be customized for your specific needs.  Please feel free to contact me for more information at hidefgen@gmail.com.

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About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Thomas MacEntee is a genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,100 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.