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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #45: Genealogy Speakers

Which genealogy speaker has left the biggest impression on you? What is it about that speaker that you like the most? What is his or her general focus? Does this person speak at regional or national conferences? Share why other genealogists should attend this speaker’s sessions.

When I found out what the subject of this post was to be, one person popped instantly into my head: THOMAS!

That’s Thomas MacEntee, of course!

As a genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and to interact with others in the family history community, Thomas MacEntee relies upon his 25 years of experience in the information technology field.

As I haven’t been to any genealogical conferences, I haven’t heard any speakers live.

But I have heard many online: in webinars, tutorials, internet radio, etc. And Thomas MacEntee is my favorite. He is funny, engaging and very knowledgeable of his craft. He has a clear, strong speaking voice and I love his Midwestern accent (I live in Texas, so his is a nice change of pace!)

I know that when I listen to Thomas speak, I will have fun and learn something, too!

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #44: Genealogy Conferences

What was your best genealogy conference experience? Why is it so memorable in your mind? Who hosted the event? What did you learn from this experience? How does it impact your genealogy research today?

I must confess that I have never attended a genealogy conference, in person.

However, I did follow closely last year’s RootsTech Family History & Technology Conference conference online. I am fascinated by the tech aspect of genealogy. Let’s face it, folks: knowledge as we knew it as children has changed dramatically with the arrival of the computer and the Internet. It’s a fact. And if you want stay in the genealogical “hunt”, you gotta be able to access, understand (at least the basics) and use a lot of ever-changing technology:

RootsTech is an opportunity unlike any other to discover the latest family history tools and techniques, connect with experts to help you in your research, and be inspired in the pursuit of your ancestors. It is a conference with a unique emphasis on helping individuals learn and use the latest technology to get started or accelerate their efforts to findorganizepreserve and share their family’s connections and history. Attendees will learn key skills from hands-on workshops and interactive presentations at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced level.

Live streaming sessions (now recorded), as well as downloadable syllabi and conference guide, were and still are available for those of us who could not attend the conference in person.

The 2013 RootsTech conference is on tap for March 21-23, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. I plan to attend… one way or another!

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.