Saturday, October 27, 2012

Society Saturday - Topics Announced for Spring Seminar with Thomas MacEntee

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the four topics that our featured speaker, Thomas MacEntee, will present at its Spring Seminar on Saturday, March 16, 2013.  The descriptions below were taken with permission from his business website, High-Definition Genealogy
  • 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? You will learn not only some of the most important online resources for genealogical research, but also how to organize these resources into an easy-to-access and portable virtual toolbox.  (Level: Beginner)
  • Internet Archive: A Gold Mine for Genealogists: The Internet Archive ( is a free, on-line repository rich with genealogy source documents including census images and e-books.  In this session, learn how to navigate the Internet Archive and leverage the best search strategies to download a variety of materials including archived web pages, e-books, video, audio and more. (Level: Beginner)
  • Social Networking: New Horizons for Genealogists: Did you know that the over 55 crowd is the fastest growing group of Facebook users?  Did  you know that Twitter is not the domain of the much younger “texting” crowd but is used by an older more savvy group of people? Did you ever wonder how and if these programs, along with others such as blogs and wikis, can be used to help genealogists?  Wonder no more as we explore what makes up the oft-mystifying term “social networking” and how each program is currently being used by genealogists and family historians of all ages. (Level: Beginner)
  • You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools: Have you ever wondered if you’re missing out on how some genealogists are using tools such as Evernote, Microsoft Word or Excel, Google and more? Learn what’s hot in the world of apps and websites and how you can start using them!  We’ll review a group of familiar apps and websites that are being used in creative ways by the genealogy community. You’ll also learn how to think “outside the margins” and start repurposing other apps and sites for your genealogy research. (Level: Beginner)
Root Cellar is looking forward to welcoming Thomas to Sacramento next March and our fine northern California sun (he lives in Chicago!).  We'll be introducing more about Thomas in future blog articles over the next few months.  In the meantime, read the initial announcement about him and visit, even subscribe to,  his genealogy news website where Root Cellar organizational news and member's ancestry has appeared frequently.

posted by Denise H. Richmond

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