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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  • Holiday Special Boot Camp

    Holiday Special Boot Camp

  • Holiday Special Contest

    Holiday Special Contest

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 – Friday 21 November 2014

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Today is Friday, 21 November 2014 and here are some recent finds and discoveries to help you hack genealogy!

What’s Up?

  • Ancestry DNA: AncestryDNA announces better DNA matching and a new feature: DNA Circles (via Ancestry.com blog)

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

  • Collage.mo: Beautiful real life wall collages for your home or office (via Product Hunt).

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Cool GenStuff – Wednesday 19 November 2014

The latest finds and genealogy technology news from Hack Genealogy for Wednesday, 19 November 2014.

The latest finds and genealogy technology news from Hack Genealogy for Wednesday, 19 November 2014.

Today is Wednesday, 19 November 2014 and here are some recent finds and discoveries to help you hack genealogy!

What’s Up?

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

  • History Lines: Click here to sign up for the Beta test of this new ancestor timeline website and app!

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

A Very Special Holiday Boot Camp! Saturday 29 November 2014

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We have a very special Boot Camp experience for you this year. In celebration of our first year providing these exciting and fun genealogy education events, and to get into the holiday spirit, Lisa and I are holding our very first Holiday Special Boot Camp!

We realize that starting in late November and through December, it can be difficult to schedule anything related to genealogy. That’s why you won’t find many genealogy conferences or even online events to attend. Most genealogists are busy preparing for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and even Festivus (December 23 if you forgot). And while these events often involve family stories and relatives asking about family history, we tend to push the education aspect aside. Well not this year.

 

A Good Old-Fashioned Variety Show

Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee

Do you remember watching variety shows on television as a kid? Here in the United States, we had weekly shows hosted by Ed Sullivan, Carol Burnett and others. But around Christmas, there would also be “holiday specials” by stars such as Bob Hope, Sonny and Cher, The Carpenters and The Osmond Family.

Sure, looking back now they may seem odd or even hokey, but there was something about them that made Christmas and other holidays seem special. And they covered just about everything, right? Some music, some funny skits, some storytelling, some Christmas carols.

So in the spirit of the holiday season, we’ve decided that this month’s Boot Camp won’t focus on just one topic as we’ve done in the past. The Holiday Special Boot Camp will cover a variety of topics, some selected by Lisa, some of my favorites, and some submitted by you, the attendees! And wait until you see what we have in store! This Boot Camp is so unusual, and not like previous events, that we should be calling it the Un-Boot Camp!

 

A Different Time, A Different Price, A Whole Different Boot Camp

So do you want to join us for some holiday fun and also learn some new genealogy tips and tricks? Here’s what you need to know:

Title: Holiday Special Boot Camp
Topic:
Grab Bag!
Date:
Saturday 29 November 2014
Time:
7:00 – 10:30 pm Eastern / 6:00 – 9:30 pm Central
Price:
PYWY

Join us on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for this special event when Lisa and I will share our knowledge of genealogy with you, we’ll have a few laughs and maybe even sing a few songs! And we’ll have contest and door prizes too!

To register, click hereThere are only 500 spaces available.

Otherwise, you can watch the recording starting on Monday 1 December 2014. And as an incentive, we’ll be giving away special prizes for those who watch the recording!

 

What is PWYW?

So how much does all this cost? Is it free? Well, it is sort of free. Normally, the full price for a Hack Genealogy Boot Camp is $12.95 with an early bird discount of $9.95. With that you receive 3.5 hours of live instruction, over 20 pages of handouts and templates, and access to the recordings.

Since this month’s Boot Camp uses a different format and since we’ll be covering a variety of topics, we’ve decided to use a Pay What You Want model. This means that you decide how much this knowledge is worth to you. You can donate $5, $10, the regular $12.95 or even more. We know some people will likely throw in a few dollars just to say thanks for making the Boot Camp concept available. It doesn’t matter what you pay or if you pay. Lisa and I just want you to come ready to learn and to have fun.

After you register you’ll see a Donate button and we’ll keep that button active between now and even after the Holiday Special Boot Camp. And those who just watch the recording may want to contribute, especially once they realize they’ve learned some new genealogy tricks. Click here if you would like to make your donation right now.




Lisa and I want you to know that this Holiday Special Boot Camp is our way of saying thank you for your support over the past year. At a minimum, we just ask that you take time over Christmas or Hanukkah or whatever you holiday celebrate and pass on the spirit of giving and thanks to others. We could ask for no greater gift than that!

 

Proceeds to Benefit Preserve the Pensions

Preserve the Pensions

As an incentive to be part of this special event and to embrace the PWYW model, Lisa and I have agreed to donate 25% of what we bring in to the Preserve the Pensions project. If you aren’t familiar with Preserve the Pensions, click here and know that through your donation you are helping to preserve and digitize War of 1812 Pension Files located at the National Archives and Records Administration.

 

Submit Your Ideas and Request a Topic

Remember that there is no specific topic for this Boot Camp! Instead we like to call it a Grab Bag since we’ll cover many different topics, many submitted by you the attendees! We’re sure you’ll learn something new, especially since we’ll discuss topics such as social media, Evernote, getting organized, using a research log, accessing little-known and little-used record sets. and more!

While Lisa and I will have some great content to share (and we guarantee you will learn at least one new genealogy trick!), we’d love to have you submit a genealogy topic that you want covered.

So how does this work? Well, visit http://hackgenealogy.com/bcholidaytopics and fill out the form including your name and address. Be sure to explain your topic clearly: give an example of a problem that needs to be solved, or if you know a website or tool you’ve seen then ask how it could be used to help with your genealogy. We’ll pick the best topics and use them in the webinar!

 

A Contest Too!

Holiday Special Boot Camp Contest

As if all if this were not enough, we’ve put together a HUGE contest filled with genealogy and family-history related prizes from major vendors including MyHeritage, FindMyPast, Ancestry.com, Backblaze, The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Moorshead Magazines, The In-Depth Genealogist, and more! We’re adding new prizes each day and you could win one or more of these! So far the total haul is over $2,500 at last count! Click here to enter and remember to tell your friends and share on social media – the more you share, the more entries you’ll receive!

 

Can’t Attend the Live Event? Don’t Worry, Catch the Recording!

We know it is a busy time of the year and you may already have plans on Saturday evening, 29 November. No worries since you can view the recording starting on Monday 1 December 2014. Stay tuned at Hack Genealogy or better yet, sign up for our newsletter here and we’ll let you know when the recording is ready. 

 

Presenter Bios

Lisa A. Alzo

Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 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 nine books, including: 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, Internet Genealogy, APG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa blogs as “The Accidental Genealogist” blog http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com. For more information see http://www.lisaalzo.com.

Thomas MacEntee

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.”

 

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.

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If you have any questions about the Holiday Special Boot Camp, please email me at hackgenealogy@gmail.com. Also, I’d love your input about this idea and suggestions for future Boot Camp offerings.

Cheers,

Thomas MacEntee