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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  • Ladies First: Finding Your Female Ancestors Mini Boot Camp

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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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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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Eastern European Genealogy Boot Camp – Saturday, May 14, 2016

Learn how to locate your Eastern European ancestors with expert Lisa A. Alzo at the Eastern European Genealogy Boot Camp at HackGenealogy.

Eastern European Genealogy Boot Camp – Saturday, May 14, 2016

We’re back with a brand new set of webinars, this time presented by Lisa A. Alzo and focusing on Eastern European genealogy research!

Jumpstart Your Eastern European Genealogy Boot Camp

Curious about your East European roots but don’t know where to begin? Many people get interested researching their Eastern European ancestors because they want to learn more about where their family came from—specifically, to find out which ancestors came over from the “old country” and when. Whether your ancestors were Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, Ukrainian, or hailed from another location in the heart of Europe, this boot camp will help you jumpstart your research. You will learn:

  • How to identify your immigrant ancestors in North America and find your family in foreign records
  • Ways to locate your ancestral village using maps, gazetteers, and other geographic tools
  • Where to find records online and how to maximize your search results
  • How to locate and access records in various Eastern European churches, archives, and other repositories will be provided
  • Tips and tricks to bust through the myths and misconceptions of researching in Eastern Europe

Advanced Eastern European Genealogy Boot Camp: Brick Wall Search Strategies and Techniques

Have you hit the proverbial “brick wall” in your search for your Eastern European ancestors? Are you perplexed with sorting out surnames, trying to identify ancestral hometowns, and deciphering old country records to connect families across generations? Then this boot camp is for you. In this boot camp you will learn:

  • Strategies for overcoming the most common pitfalls and problems
  • How to deal with names, border changes, “missing” records and foreign languages and alphabets
  • Creative research strategies for tracing those hard-to-find ancestors
  • Tips for contacting possible relatives, writing to foreign archives, and visiting your ancestral homeland
  • Additional Resources to help further your research

Sign Up for the Eastern European Genealogy Boot Camp Today!

You’ll receive over 3 hours of educational content, handouts and freebies for the low price of $12.95 USD! You’ll also receive access to the recorded versions of each webinar for up to one year!

Register by Monday, 9 May 2016 and receive over 23% off the registration price for a low $9.95 USD! Space is limited and if you register but can’t attend, you’ll still receive the handouts, the freebies and access to the recordings!

Click HERE to register!


Saturday 14 May 2016
Duration: 3.5 hours (with a 30 minute break)

  • 11:00 am EDT /10:00 am CDT
    Welcome / Meet & Greet
  • 11:00 am EDT / 10:00 am CDT
    Jumpstart Your Eastern European Genealogy Boot Camp
    Lisa A. Alzo
  • 12:30 pm EDT/11:30 am CDT
  • 1:00 pm EDT /12:00 pm CDT
    Advanced Eastern European Genealogy Boot Camp: Brick Wall Search Strategies and Techniques
    Lisa A. Alzo
  • 2:30 pm EDT / 1:30 pm CDT
    Closing and Thank You

All registrants will have unlimited access to the recordings for personal use, including the ability to download and save the recordings. Recordings, along with the access password, will be made available within 48 hours of the end of the webinars.

Presenter/Moderator Bios

Lisa Alzo – Presenter

Lisa A. Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer, and writing coach with over 26 years’ experience in the field of genealogy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of ten books, including: The Family Tree Polish, Czech, and Slovak Genealogy Guide, Finding Your Slovak Ancestors, Writing Your Family History Book, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. Lisa has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle/Your Genealogy Today, Internet Genealogy, APG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa blogs as “The Accidental Genealogist”, where she has hosted the popular “Fearless Females Blogging Prompt” series each March since 2010. For more information see

Thomas MacEntee – Moderator

Genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started building his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He’s also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”

How To Register

Ready to join in this great educational event? Here are the details on the registration process:

  • Click HERE to register. Once you register you will need to make payment via Paypal. You do not need a PayPal account to make payment.
  • IMPORTANT: If you use a different email address for Paypal than your normal email address PLEASE LET US KNOW! We need a valid working email to send you reminders and the follow up materials after the webinar! Email us at
  • Once payment is processed and received, you will receive a confirmation email. You will also receive a link to access the webinar on Saturday, March 5th.
  • Then you’ll be reminded via e-mail at least one day prior to Boot Camp.
  • Within 24 hours of the start of Boot Camp, you’ll receive the links to the handout and freebie so you can review them before we start.
  • After the webinar, all registrants will have access to the recording for personal use. The recording will be hosted on Vimeo and a password will be required to access the video pages.

Questions? Email us at

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions for all Hack Genealogy Boot Camp events before you pay and register! Click here for more information.

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Special Flash Sale at Hack Genealogy – 50% Off ALL BOOT CAMP WEBINARS

Save 50% on ALL BOOT CAMP WEBINARS during the Special Flash Sale at Hack Genealogy - April 29-30, 2016 ONLY

Save 50% on ALL BOOT CAMP WEBINARS during the Special Flash Sale at Hack Genealogy - April 29-30, 2016 ONLY

Don’t miss this opportunity! Get ANY Hack Genealogy Boot Camp for 50% off starting now through April 30th! Includes:

Visit and use promo code SPECIAL when you check out.

Genealogy societies can now purchase Hack Genealogy Boot Camp webinars to make available to their members on their society website!

BONUS – Special Offer for Genealogy Societies!

All Boot Camp webinars are available now for one-time event showing as well as access on your society website in a member’s only section! Not only is this an economical way to have a “virtual” speaker for an event or a last minute speaker when there is a cancellation . . . you can now build your society’s educational channel for your members at a great price!

Regular price is $75.00 for each 3-hour boot camp (two 90-minutes webinars) and $39.99 for each 90-minute boot camp (one 90-minute webinar). NOW pay only $39.99 and $19.99, each respectively!

This special offer is good through May 15th – we realize that many societies will require board approval for an expenditure. Contact Thomas MacEntee at for details!

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Getting Started with Trello Mini Boot Camp To Go!

Learn how to manage those genealogy projects and tasks at the Trello Mini Boot Camp on Saturday, March 19th at HackGenealogy.

Learn how to manage those genealogy projects and tasks at the Trello Mini Boot Camp on Saturday, March 19th at HackGenealogy.

If you were unable to attend the recent Getting Started with Trello Mini Boot Camp this past Saturday,  you’re in luck! We’ve packaged the entire event – webinar video, handouts and freebies – into one product! We had a enthusiastic crowd with Lisa A. Alzo presenting a fun and information-filled webinar!

Getting Started with Trello

Have you ever wished for a whiteboard in the cloud where you could generate ideas, organize your genealogy research tasks, or storyboard your family history writing? Then, say “Hello” to Trello—a free project management tool to help you streamline your genealogy projects, tackle your  “to-do” lists, and improve your workflow.

Here’s what you will get with the Getting Started with Trello Mini Boot Camp:

  • Learn how to set up a free Trello account and create your first project board.
  • Discover Trello’s easy project management system of boards, lists and cards and how to customize them for your personal to-do lists and genealogy/family history projects.
  • Learn how you can share your Trello boards and cards to collaborate with relatives, fellow researchers, and society colleagues.
  • Get tips on using the Trello app to sync your boards on multiple devices to take your work with you wherever you go!
  • View a variety of sample projects, and much more!

You’ll have unlimited access to these materials, with no time limit, and learn how to finally get organized! Price: $5.95!

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Check Out the Hack Genealogy Store

Click here to visit the Hack Genealogy Store for more information and to purchase a copy of previous Hack Genealogy Boot Camp materials.

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.