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31 August 2009

October Workshop: Genealogy Blogs - Why, How, Do's and Don'ts

Are you curious about genealogy blogs? Or have you dismissed them as fluff and not worth your valuable time? Two experts will show why blogs are more than just "the latest fad" and how they are a valuable way to enhance your genealogy research.

As part of a special Family History Month line-up, the California Genealogical Society announces a special Genealogy Blog Workshop on Saturday, October 10, 2009.

Renowned genealogy bloggers Thomas MacEntee and Craig Manson will be on hand to share their blog expertise and have some fun.


1:00 - 2:00 p.m. How to Use a Blog - MacEntee

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Building a Genealogy Blog - MacEntee

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Blogging and the Law - Manson

Thomas MacEntee will start with the ABCs of blog use in a basic introductory demo. You'll leave this session with a list of great genealogy blogs to read, tips on how to best use the information found in blogs and wonder why you didn't start following blogs sooner!

Thomas' second session will show how having your own genealogy blog can take your genealogy research to another dimension. Learn how to get started in this easy-to-understand session geared towards beginners. With the help of an audience member, Thomas will create an individual family history blog right before your eyes.

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. With over twenty-five years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of he has helped organize and engage a community of over 600 bloggers who on a daily basis document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

Craig Manson will end the day with a topic of interest to beginners as well as experienced bloggers: Blogging and the Law - Privacy Issues & Copyrights.

Craig is Distinguished Professor and Lecturer in Law at the Capital Center for Public Law and Policy at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. He teaches administrative law and has been a lawyer for twenty-eight years. Craig began the study and practice of genealogy in 2004. He writes the popular blog, GeneaBlogie and a weekend column called Appealing Subjects on the highly-regarded magazine Shades of the Departed. Although GeneaBlogie focuses on genealogy, he often writes about legal topics of interest to genealogists.


Denise Levenick, The Family Curator said...

Nice write-up. Wish I could be there!

Tina Sansone said...

I sure wish I could be there to hear these two wonderful genealogical bloggers. So many people have the wrong idea of genealogy blogs; having speakers like these two men will help educate and teach others about creating a blog, but also taking advantage of the ones out there!

Anonymous said...

Me too!

I wish I could attend!

Janet Hovorka said...

Two fabulous speakers. The attendees are in for a real treat.

Susan Park said...

Is there a sign-up process? I definitely want to go. How can I make sure there's a seat for me after I make the long drive over from the valley?

Anonymous said...

I attended the session today and was very impressed with both speakers. I went just to learn a little about blogs and left thinking, "hum, maybe this is something I could do". Already I can think of three topics to blog about. Thomas MacEntee made it look so easy to set up a blog that there really is no reason not to.