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