18 February 2009

Out of the bag: Our favorite techno-geek genealogist

Geneablogger colleague Thomas McEntee of Destination: Austin Family (and several other blogs and genealogical sites) has just been named the National Genealogy and Technology Examiner at Examiner.com.

Thomas has been instrumental in assisting everyone interested in family history with many resources, utilizing his awesome command of technology (Internet tools and applications) and genealogy to help readers trace their roots.

His own blog post provided more information on the new position and, as the site did not have an appropriate category for what he does so well, he convinced them to add a new sub-category for genealogy and technology under its Gadgets and Tech section.

His first post is here:
I am “here” not only because I have an expertise in the area of genealogy and technology, but also because I have ancestors.

Lots of ancestors. And my job here at Examiner.com is to help you locate your own family roots as well as discover technology tools you can use to find those elusive family members from generations gone by.

I’ve been researching my own family history since 1995, during which time I've seen the field of genealogy embrace (sometimes reluctantly) the Internet and various Web applications to assist in the research process.

For the past two years I've been blogging and writing about many Web 2.0 and social media applications which more and more genealogists are utilizing in their sleuthing efforts.

So stay tuned and you’ll learn how to ramp up your own genealogy research, and keep tabs on changes in technology, new applications and Web sites which could be useful to every family historian. You may also change the way you look at the process of finding out who you are and where you came from.
His second posting deals with changes in terms of service at Facebook.
As of early this morning – 12:17 am CST to be exact – Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook announced a backtracking on recent changes made to Facebook’s Terms of Service (TOS) over at The Facebook Blog.
Stay tuned at Examiner for more of Thomas's articles.

Congratulations, Thomas!


  1. Thanks for the shout out Schelly! It has been lots of fun so far and while I thought that Examiner's publishing interface would be clunky and difficult to use, I've been pleasantly surprised. Now I just need to keep generating good content and keep my readers interested!

  2. Anonymous8:37 PM

    sounds like Facebook made the same mistake that Google made with their Chrome (web browser) end user license agreement