Thomas MacEntee

Thomas MacEntee

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community.

Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of he has organized and engaged a community of over 900 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

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Favorite genealogy quote:

"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance." - George Bernard Shaw

What are your specific genealogical interests?

Technology and how emerging technologies and social media can be leveraged to assist genealogists with their research and how technology can help expand the family history experience for entry-level enthusiasts.

What got you into genealogy?

My mother handed me a copy of the family genealogy printed in 1916 — that was 17 years ago and I've been hooked ever since.

Most surprising genealogical find:

That the "a" in MacEntee was added by my great-grandfather around 1900 so that as an Irishman his name appeared like a Scottish name and he could get work easier.

If you could find the family history of any historical great, who would it be and why?

These days there are very few historical greats with unknown genealogy — I think finding out more on Michelle Obama's ancestry as already researched by Megan Smolenyak would reveal fascinating stories and facts.

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