Letme introduce you to a man known in the industry as “The Genealogy Guy.” ThomasMacEntee's passion for genealogy runs deep. He is the founder of GeneaBloggers, High-Definition GenealogyHack Genealogy
Thomasis well known in theindustry as a blogger, educator, author, socialmedia connector, online community builder and speaker. He is based in Chicago,Illinois.
Q&A With Thomas MacEntee
Genealogists.com: How many years have youbeen involved in genealogy?
Thomas MacEntee: As a hobbyist, for over 20years and as a professional, for 6 years.
Genealogists.com: How did you first become involved?
Thomas:My great-grandparents who helped raise mefirst introduced me to family history through stories and through a writtengenealogy done in 1916.
Genealogists.com: What do you love aboutfamily history?
Thomas:I love the stories and learning how myancestors lived.
Genealogists.com: What’s your favoritepart of the search process?
Thomas:My favorite part is evaluating evidence -taking three or more different data points related to a fact such as abirth date and determining which ones fit the puzzle.
Genealogists.com: What is your leastfavorite part of the genealogy process?
Thomas:My least favorite part is having to siftthrough erroneous information, especially from online trees and other platforms where the information is so easyto spread.
Genealogists.com: What do you believe isthe most difficult part of family history research?
Thomas:Being disciplined - taking your time,tracking information, maintaining good records and not allowing yourself tobe distracted by "bright and shiny objects."
Genealogists.com: How has genealogychanged your life?
Thomas:After a major career change and lifeinterruption in 2008, I decided to pursue the genealogy field as aprofessional. I now own my own business and have become obsessed with buildingentrepreneurial skills and teaching themto others.
Genealogists.com: If you could sit andchat with one ancestor who would it be?
Thomas:It would be my 9th great-grandfatherJohannes Putman who arrived in New York in 1661 and was killed during theSchenectady Massacre.
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