Open Thread Thursday: Occupy Genealogy

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

Should there be an Occupy Genealogy movement in the genealogy community? Has such a movement been ongoing yet we’ve just not realized it?

How does change come about in genealogy in terms of practices, methodology, resources, tools, education – all the facets that are genealogy and family history?

What changes would you like to see? Pick up your magic genealogy wand and tell us how you’d wave it and what you would change – and why.

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


Read the Occupy Genealogy post just published here at GeneaBloggers and you’ll see  my own thoughts on change in the genealogy community.

While as a genealogist I am often rooted in the past, I fully understand that in order to find my ancestors, I need to stay on top of changes and new resources, new tools in the genealogy industry. It is like having a foot in two portals and while challenging at times, the rewards are many.


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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