Open Thread Thursday: Who Inspires You?

Genealogy Inspiration

This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

Who inspires you when it comes to genealogy and family history? Whether you are on the path to a professional career or setting up a business in the genealogy industry, or you pursue genealogy for the sheer pleasure and challenge, there must be some person, event or thing that inspired you. Let us know your “backstory” of genealogy inspiration.

NOTE: there is a catch . . . see below!

Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments.

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There’s only one rule to this week’s challenge: you can’t list me as your inspiration.  Seriously. There are so many others who deserve recognition right now. This is not a ploy to have a big group hug or set up a mutual admiration society.

I want this to be positive. I want this to be informative as well as heartfelt.  Why? I’m hearing from quite a few folks in the genealogy field that all the fun has been sucked out of it for them lately.  Instead of picking fights and tearing each other down, let’s take a minute and express our thanks for what works and those who’ve worked hard to get us where we are today.

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This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

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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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