Last week the meeting topic of the DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society was Social Networking: New Horizons for Genealogists presented by the nationally known genealogist Thomas MacEntee of Chicago. Thomas is a Chicago resident who specializes in technology for genealogy. He shares his passion for both through social media and presentations and through his website Geneabloggers.com. Geneabloggers is a website listing over 2000 blogs with new ones being added weekly. Blogs are broken down by topic and researchers can find locale topics, ethnicity topics, and research topics to name a few.
Thomas discussed various ways genealogists can connect through social media. He talked about using Facebook, Blogs, Twitter, Diigo, and LinkedIn. He explained the use of each type of social media in terms everyone could understand. There was no fancy lingo. The attendees participated in the presentation by tweeting Thomas during his discussion on Twitter. And we were connected to genealogists all over the world when Thomas posted a note on his FaceBook wall asking everyone to say hello to the DuPage County group.
Thomas discussed blogging and ways to connect with other genealogists. The Geneablogger’s website also has a new search engine on its main page that allows users to enter their surnames and all 2000+ blogs listed on Geneabloggers will be searched. Amazing!
Questions were taken throughout and at the end of the presentation. Everyone who attended appeared to have a firm grasp on the topic presented. The learning did not stop when the presentation was over though. Thomas gives attendees in every presentation he gives with a thorough handout. Each handout not only includes his presentation points but a glossary and a group of websites he discusses throughout his presentation.
If your Chicago genealogy group would like to know more about using social media, Thomas also has specific presentations on Blogs, FaceBook and Twitter.
Thomas will be presenting They’re Alive – Searching for Living People at the Chicago Genealogy’s Society meeting on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. The Chicago Genealogy Society meets at the Newberry Library.
“Genealogists have many reasons to locate living relatives from connecting with long-lost cousins to performing collateral searches. Learn the most effective ways to find living people using Internet search engines and resources. At this program, you’ll learn not only why it is important to locate living relatives, but also how to leverage the power of the Internet to make certain you have the correct contact information.”
If you would like to know more about Thomas and his presentations, please visit his High-Definition Genealogy website. He presents both in person and via webinar. His presentations are a must see for every genealogist!