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TGP 49 – Michael Leclerc

Featured Guest

Michael Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc, CG is an internationally renowned genealogist. He has authored numerous articles for genealogy magazines and scholarly journals. He is a popular presenter at conferences and seminars around the world.Michael Leclerc of Genealogy Professor

Michael worked in a variety of capacities at the New England Historic Genealogical Society for 17 years prior to joining Mocavo as Chief Genealogist in 2012. He left there in 2015 to start Genealogy Professor (www.genprof.net), where he helps to provide genealogy education opportunities to family historians.

He has edited several books, including Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, Second Edition, with Henry Hoff, and the fifth edition of the seminal guidebook Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research. He was a contributing editor for American Ancestors magazine, and a consulting editor for the New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

Michael served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. You can reach him at www.mjleclerc.com and Facebook.com/michaeljleclerc.

Contact Links

Website – The Genealogy Professor

Facebook – Michael J. Leclerc, CG

Twitter – @GenProf

Other Links   

New England Historic Genealogical Society

Mocavo on Findmypast

Boston University Online Genealogical Research Program

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Sit down and really make a list of what do you want to do as a professional genealogist, what areas are you most interested in, so then you can start to make that happen.

Recommended Book

“Back Bay” by William Martin

Productivity Tool

Paper and pen

Advice

“When you have that conversation in your head about ‘should I be doing this, is this the right thing, oh my God, I’m going to make a fool of myself,’  tell that little voice in your head, ‘thank you very much for sharing, now I’m going to do what I want anyways.

 

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Pam Wolosz, production assistant for the Genealogy Professional podcast. Pam, I will always greatly appreciate your help and encouragement and regret that our time working together was cut short.

TGP 49 Michael Leclerc

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TGP 47 – Megan Smolenyak

Featured Guest

Megan Smolenyak

Megan Smolenyak2 is a real life history detective who loves to solve mysteries. You might Megan Smolenyakhave spotted Megan or her handiwork on Top Chef, Who Do You Think You Are?, Finding Your Roots, Faces of America, Good Morning America, the Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, PBS and NPR.

Her news-making discoveries include uncovering Michelle Obama’s family tree, revealing the true story of Annie Moore, the first immigrant through Ellis Island, and tracing Barack Obama’s roots to Moneygall, Ireland. Formerly Chief Family Historian for Ancestry.com, she also founded Unclaimed Persons.

Megan is the author of 6 books, including Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing and Who Do You Think You Are? (companion to the TV series), and conducts forensic research for the Army, BIA, coroners, NCIS and the FBI.

Contact Links

Websites – Megan Smolenyak and Honoring Our Ancestors

Facebook – Megan Smolenyak

Twitter – @megansmolenyak

Pinterest – Megan Smolenyak

Other Links   

Unclaimed Persons

Seton Shields Genealogy Grant

Megan Smolenyak at The Huffington Post

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

I got myself a virtual assistant right out of the gate . . . Even if you don’t think you’re ready for one yet, explore the possibility.

Recommended Book

Take Time for Your Life by Cheryl Richardson

Productivity Tool

Timehop

Advice

“In terms of genealogical careers, do what excites you.

Action Item

For your action item today I want you to think about where your career is going to be in 5 or 10 years. What will the world of genealogy look like then? How would your services change if all records were online? Or if all genealogy clients asked for DNA interpretation along with their researched family tree? What if the main demand was for heir research or perhaps mineral rights?  What other directions might genealogy go in that might not be obvious now? Also, think about your interests and your passions. If you research, for example, colonial Pennsylvania, what can you do to ensure that your business will continue to grow and make use of new technology? Can you harness photos or videos to find a new way to share the results of the research you’ve done? Or perhaps can you find new ways to work with professionals from other disciplines such as archeologists, biographers, or k-12 text book writers.

So what I’m suggesting is that you take a morning or evening walk and allow your mind to consider the future, your future. Think about it now so you can be ready to create it for yourself or to grab opportunity when it comes.

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TGP 47 Megan Smolenyak

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TGP 26 Thomas MacEntee – The Genealogy Ninja

Featured Guest

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, marketer, network builder and more.
Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started building his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He Thomas MacEntee, Genealogy Ninja, on the Genealogy Professional podcastalso 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 is a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. He believes in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

He sees things differently than most in the genealogy field; He is almost never content with the status quo. That doesn’t mean he chases after change just for the sake of change; but when he sees an opportunity to improve something and to bring more people into the genealogy sphere, that’s where you’ll find him.

Contact Links

The Geneabloggers website

High Definition Genealogy

Hack Genealogy

Thomas MacEntee on Twitter – @tmacentee

Other Links

Adventures in Genealogy Education blog by Angela Packer-McGhie

 Hubspot blog

MakeUseOf.com

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Check out the great educational opportunities that you can find on the Adventures in Genealogy Education blog.”

Recommended Book

The Power of Unpopular by Erika Napoletano

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Productivity Tool

Excel Project Management spreadsheet available at Hack Genealogy (there’s a video to help you get started).

Advice

“Do a lot of reading and vary your reading lists.”

Action Item

Thomas MacEntee’s career benefits from his habit of seeking expert sources of information for the topics he follows so he can keep up on the latest developments. He then curates and shares the cream of the crop with the genealogy community so that we all benefit. Our own businesses could benefit from seeking out information from outside experts in areas where we need more knowledge, know-how or expertise.

ACTION:

Choose an area of your business where your knowledge of a subject or skill is weaker than you would like. That could be social media, website design, using mailing lists, filing taxes, or any area where you could use more help.  Then spend some time on the internet searching for experts on blogs, websites, YouTube videos or podcasts in iTunes or Stitcher.  Find some reputable sources and then spend some time diving into the topic. Better yet, add a new folder to your RSS Reader and start following some of the sources so that you can keep up-to-date on a regular basis.  If you find some great sources, share them in the comments.

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http://www.TheGenealogyProfessional.com/thomas-macentee