AGS Annual Seminar

2016 Annual Seminar @ Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
May 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Austin Genealogical Society 2016 Annual Seminar
Presenting: Thomas MacEntee

Registration now open! 

Seminar Topics

The Genealogy Do-Over™: A Year of Learning from Mistakes:  Frustrated with the way you originally researched your genealogy? Were you a name collector? Did you not care or not even know about citing sources? Now there’s hope and you get a “do-over.” Follow genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he basically starts his genealogy research from scratch but includes sound research practices and methodologies as well as new templates, tools and the latest technology to create a better body of family history research.

Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching:  While you may think you’ve hit a brick wall with your research, have you tried using cluster and collateral search strategies to look for an opening? Researching non-direct relations as well as those friends and neighbors in your ancestors’ network can pay off in ways you might not imagine

Building a Research Toolbox: Are overwhelmed with the number of online resources for genealogical research? Are you constantly working with unorganized bookmarks or favorites? Printing out lists of websites you use most? Learn how to build a research toolbox that is organized, easy-to-use, and can be accessed from almost anywhere.

Managing the Genealogy Data Monster:   It is so easy to let the large amounts of data involved with genealogy overwhelm you – to the point that family history research is no longer fun! Learn how to tackle the three main problem areas of genealogy data: research data, project data and file data so you can put the fun back in your research!


Pre-registration is $35 for AGS members, $45 for non-members.  Optional box lunch is $10.
You may also bring your own lunch. Light refreshments will be served in the morning.
Registration at the door will be $45. 
Registrations by mail must be received by May 10, 2016.  Click here for a mail-in form
We are unable to offer refunds. Please plan accordingly.

Online registration will be open until May 19, 2016 – Scroll down to register online

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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 based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He 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.”

Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.