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Thomas MacEntee

Saturday, January 30, 2016
Masonic Lodge,
Whittier, California
7604 Greenleaf Ave. at Mar
Vista in Whittier
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research. He advocates the use of these tools as a means of more effectively interacting with others in the family history community.
          He describes himself as a "tech guy" with a love of history. After a 25-year career in the information technology field, he started building his genealogy related business, "High Definition Genealogy" whose goal is to help companies, non-profits and individuals focus on family history. He also created GeneaBloggers which has grown into a community of over 3,000 family history bloggers.
          Thomas has been involved with genealogy and family history for close to 20 years and for the past two years has dedicated himself professionally to various aspects of the genealogy industry. He is the author of seven genealogy books. He lectures nationwide, presenting on over 75 different genealogy-related topics. He is sometimes called the "King of Genealogy Webinars," due to his numerous online educational presentations.

Lecture Topics - Four Sessions
Session 1. Genealogy Do-Over: A Year of Learning From Mistakes. Starts at 9:15 am.
It isnít often that we get a "do-over" when it comes to stuff that matters in life. Follow genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he basically starts his genealogy research from scratch but includes sound research practices and methodologies to create a better body of family history research.
Session 2. Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching. Starts at 10:45 am.
While you may think youíve hit a brick wall with your research, have you tried using cluster and collateral search strategies to look for an opening? Researching non-direct relations as well as those friends and neighbors in your ancestorsí network can pay off in ways you might not imagine.
Session 3. After Youíre Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research. Starts at 1:30 pm.
Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once youíre gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on.
Session 4. Genealogy: The Future Is Now. Starts at 3:00pm.
Do you have trouble keeping up with technology, especially programs, apps and websites that other genealogists seem to be using these days? Youíre not alone. After a quick review of how much has changed in the past 30 years, youíll learn whatís hot, whatís now and how to prepare for the genealogy technology of the future.

Seminar Schedule
8:00 Doors open. Registration.
Welcome & Introduction
9:15 Genealogy Do-Over
10:45 Successful Collateral & Cluster Searching
Door Prizes
1:30 After Youíre Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research
3:00 Genealogy: The Future Is Now
4:00 Adjournment

For more information, please download and print out the Seminar Flyer here

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