How do you hack genealogy?

Hack Genealogy is about “re-purposing today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy” and a little bit more. Hack Genealogy is more than just a list of resources. Hack Genealogy provides information on emerging technology inside and outside the genealogy industry. Hack Genealogy wants readers to understand how others succeed in genealogy.

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  • 40% OFF Research Right Genealogy Boot Camp

    40% OFF Research Right Genealogy Boot Camp

  • Newspaper Research Strategies

    Newspaper Research Strategies

Boot Camp!

Boot Camp!

Hack Genealogy Boot Camp is a unique, online, collaborative educational event with expert instructors sharing their inside knowledge on how to succeed with your genealogy research! Think webinars + hangouts + technology = FUN!
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Cool GenStuff

Cool GenStuff

Each day in our Cool GenStuff post we’ll provide a curated list of the latest information about genealogy that deserve your attention. If you have trouble keeping up with the latest genealogy news, Hack Genealogy’s got you covered
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Videos

Videos

Hack Genealogy provides recorded videos for FREE. Topics include Facebook, Evernote, Weebly and more. Look for more videos covering different genealogy topics in the near future!
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Education and E-Guides

Education and E-Guides

Through the use of e-guides, webinars, Google+ hangouts and other innovative educational technologies, Hack Genealogy seeks to raise your genealogy and tech knowledge. Look for our upcoming Hack Genealogy Bootcamp series . . . a day of technology webinars at one unbelievably low price!
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Cool GenStuff – Wednesday 22 July 2015

The latest finds and genealogy technology news from Hack Genealogy for Wednesday, 22 July 2015.

Today is Wednesday, 22 July 2015 and here are some recent finds and discoveries to help you hack genealogy!

What’s Up?

New Apps, Features, Gadgets and Websites – Oh My!

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

40% OFF Research Right Genealogy Boot Camp

1 week only - Research Right Sale - 17-24 July 2015 - take 40% off the Research Right Genealogy Boot Camp recorded webinar at Hack Genealogy!

1 week only - Research Right Sale - 17-24 July 2015 - take 40% off the Research Right Genealogy Boot Camp recorded webinar at Hack Genealogy!

A Special Genealogy Sale!

Throughout 2015, I’ve been providing a free work group on Facebook called The Genealogy Do-Over where thousands of genealogists are “jump starting” their genealogy. The current topics for this week (Week 3, Cycle 3), involve using a research log, setting research goals, and tracking information.

In honor of this special week, I’ve decided to offer the Research Right – Tracking and Evaluating Your Genealogy Research recording at a never-before available price of 40% OFF!

You can get the Personal version of the Research Right Genealogy Boot Camp for just $7.77 instead of the full price of $12.95. The sale also applies to the Commercial version of the Boot Camps which means for just $27.36, your genealogy society or organization can broadcast two webinars at an upcoming meeting or meetings . . . and you get the handouts as well! HURRY! Offer expires on 25 July 2015.

Click here to go to the Store and start shopping!

Research Right – Tracking and Evaluating Your Genealogy Research

Do you struggle with tracking your genealogy research and staying organized? Do you have trouble finding an image or document you downloaded last week? And what about source citations . . . do you panic when it comes time to document your research?

You are not alone. More and more genealogists and family historians have a strong desire to break bad habits and research using more efficient methods. The Research Right Boot Camp offers a simple way to track research, cite sources and analyze data before it gets added to your genealogy database software.

Through this special Boot Camp you’ll learn not just better research habits but tips and tricks to become a better researcher.

  • Learn how to use a research log that suits your research habits.
  • Understand the basics of source citations and become efficient at creating citations on the fly.
  • Maintain good research habits and adapt them when encountering new records sets.
  • Learn how to state a proof, evaluate evidence and reach a conclusion for each specific data points on records.

Using and Managing a Genealogy Research Log

  • You’ll learn how to access and use a genealogy research log that is spreadsheet-based (either Excel or Google Drive). We’ll also cover other alternatives including Microsoft Word tables. In addition, we’ll discuss the importance of using a “to do list” when attempting to research a specific ancestor. We’ll also track our searches using the Search Attempts tab on the research log. Finally, you’ll learn how to make additions or deletions to your own research log, so you can customize one to your own liking and research habits.

Citing Sources and Evaluating Evidence

  • You’ll learn how to use the source citation templates, evidence evaluation features, as well as how to add/remove features to create a customized research log of your own. A good deal of time will be spent on citing sources and resources to make the process easier. In addition, we’ll cover how to look at a record and evaluate the evidence to determine if it proves or disproves the proof point. Finally, you’ll see how you can add new source citation templates, add new columns and more.

Both webinars are presented by Thomas MacEntee and are moderated by Lisa A. Alzo. Each is a well-known author and educator in the genealogy community who present information in a simple, approachable manner.

What’s in a Hack Genealogy Boot Camp Digital Download?

Each of the past Boot Camp sessions have been recorded and the PDF handouts have been added to create a digital “bundle.” Once you make your purchase, you’ll receive links and a secret password to access the handouts and to download the webinar videos.

You also can come back as many times as you want over a one year period to review the materials. This is a good way to refresh your memory on certain concepts or to restart a project.

The Personal version of these digital downloads is meant for personal use. If you want to use the digital downloads for your genealogy society, then purchase the Commercial version which allows for a one time broadcast of each webinar plus permission to print and distribute the PDF handouts to your audience.

Use Promo Code RESRIGHT40

To take advantage of this sale, just use the promo code RESRIGHT40 when you check out. The 40% discount will be applied just before you make payment. Use promo code RESRIGHT40C for the commercial version.

Offer expires after 24 July 2015.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

June Flash Sale on Genealogy Boot Camp Webinars

Four days only - June Flash Sale - 27-30 June 2015 - take 25% off ALL Genealogy Boot Camp webinars at Hack Genealogy!

 

Is it really Summer already here in the Northern Hemisphere? It seems like 2015 has flown by and we’ve been busy enjoying the weather and spending time with family.  There are no Boot Camp events planned until at least September, so in the meantime, consider purchasing a recorded version that you may have missed!

A Flash Sale!

Use promo code FLASHSALE when checking out in the Hack Genealogy Store and take 25% off EVERYTHING one week only, 27-30 June 2015!

While past sales have had limitations, we’re including EVERYTHING, even Commercial downloads (for broadcast at genealogy society events):

  • Genealogy Writing Boot Camp – how to translate your genealogy research into written narrative and stories.
  • Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp – how to jump start your genealogy, how to get organized, how to track projects and more!
  • Self-Publishing Boot Camp – how to produce your own print or e-book using your genealogy research.
  • Blogger Boot Camp – learn how to create your own genealogy blog in Blogger and start attracting those new cousins!
  • Evernote Boot Camp – learn how to get the most out of the popular Evernote program!
  • Research Right: Tracking and Evaluating Your Genealogy Research Boot Camp – learn how to use a genealogy research log, source citation templates, and evidence evaluation features.
  • Scrivener Mini-Boot Camp – learn how to use a Scrivener as a project manager for your family history writing projects and how Scrivener can help improve your writing.
  • Newspaper Research Strategies Boot Camp – learn how to use historical newspapers to find out the “dirt” and more information on your ancestors.

You can get the Personal version of the Boot Camps for just $9.71 each instead of the full price of $12.95. The sale also applies to the Commercial version of the Boot Camps which means for just $29.96, your genealogy society or organization can broadcast two webinars at an upcoming meeting or meetings . . . and you get the handouts as well! HURRY! Offer expires at 11:59pm Central on Tuesday, 30 June 2015.

Click here to go to the Store and start shopping!

What’s in a Hack Genealogy Boot Camp Digital Download?

Each of the past Boot Camp sessions have been recorded and the PDF handouts have been added to create a digital “bundle.” Once you make your purchase, you’ll receive links and a secret password to access the handouts and to download the webinar videos.

You also can come back as many times as you want over a one year period to review the materials. This is a good way to refresh your memory on certain concepts or to restart a project.

The Personal version of these digital downloads is meant for personal use. If you want to use the digital downloads for your genealogy society, then purchase the Commercial version which allows for a one time broadcast of each webinar plus permission to print and distribute the PDF handouts to your audience.

Use Promo Code FLASHSALE

To take advantage of this sale, just use the promo code FLASHSALE when you check out. The 25% discount will be applied just before you make payment. Offer expires after 30 June 2015.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.