52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge 28 – Patents and Trademarks

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Challenge 28

Spend some time with patents and trademarks. If necessity is the mother of invention, genealogists will want to find her parents. Visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office web site (those outside the U.S. can visit their own nations’ sites). You may also try Google Patent Search. Input the search terms of your choice and study the results. Don’t try to do genealogy research during this challenge, just test the different ways this tool may come in handy in your research. Bloggers, what are your impressions of these sites. Have you found them useful?

This challenge runs from Saturday, 10 July 2010 through Friday, 16 July 2010.

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Here are the latest posts from GeneaBloggers members on this week’s challenge:

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52 Weeks To Better Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts that are a bit more challenging and are geared towards those new to the field of genealogy and family history as well as those who want to brush up on some skills which might be a bit rusty. Please include an attribution link if you participate.

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About 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, 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.

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