The Geni Podcast: What’s a Webinar?

Posted March 10, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

[mp3j track="Download this Episode@" volslider="y" style="outline"] Hosted by: Grant Brunner
Featuring: Thomas MacEntee

Show Notes:

  • What is a genealogy webinar?
  • Why are they important to the genealogy community
  • How is a webinar different than attending a genealogy lecture in person?
  • How are webinars helping the genealogy community?
  • How can I locate upcoming genealogy-related webinars?
  • How to register for a webinar?
  • How do I host my own webinar?
  • Plugs (Website, upcoming speaking engagements, BlogTalkRadio)
    • Projects – When he isn’t busy running his business High-Definition Genealogy, Thomas is involved with many volunteer projects in the genealogy community including:
      • GeneaBloggers – an online community of over 1,800 genealogy and family history bloggers (
      • Federation of Genealogical Societies – founded in 1976 and representing hundreds of genealogical societies, Thomas serves as the National Publicity Chair for the 2011 National Conference in Springfield, Illinois coming up in September 2011 ( In addition, Thomas serves as the main publicity and marketing point for FGS.
      • Illinois State Genealogical Society – founded in 1968, ISGS works to not only encourage an interest in genealogy and family history within Illinois, but also provides key research resources for anyone with Prairie State ancestors. Thomas is webmaster and managers ISGS’s new website ( and also manages all ISGS publicity efforts.
      • Genealogical Speakers Guild – a resource for anyone who currently lectures about genealogy or is planning to do so ( Thomas is part of the Virtual Presentations committee and is working to develop standards and best practices for genealogy webinars.
      • FamilySearch – Thomas is currently involved with the FamilySearch Wiki ( as well as a new site FamilyTech ( which features articles on various technologies and how genealogists can use those technologies.
    • Appearances – The list of upcoming appearances for Thomas MacEntee is available at Some of the highlights include a FREE webinar via Legacy Family Tree webinars entitled Backing Up Your Genealogy Data on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 1pm Central time. Click here to register.
    • GeneaBloggers Radio – Every Friday evening from 9-11pm Central time, Thomas MacEntee hosts an Internet radio show – GeneaBloggers Radio ( Via your computer, you can listen to interviews with interesting genealogist and companies involved in the genealogy industry. GeneaBloggers Radio also covers the most recent episode of the television show Who Do You Think You Are? and listeners can call in and give their opinions on the show or anything else going on in the genealogy world.

      This Friday, March 11, 2011, GeneaBloggers Radio will feature and an interview with CEO Noah Tutak. We’ll discuss not only the website but also how social media is making a difference in the genealogy industry. GeneaBloggers Radio will also have some extra special door prizes from including a lifetime account, t-shirts, hoodies and more.

    • Presentations – Thomas MacEntee is available to deliver any one of 25 genealogy related lectures in person or via webinar. Go to to view the available topics and outlines. Also, Thomas is willing to create a customized presentation for your genealogy society or upcoming conference.
    • Speaking – For more on Thomas MacEntee’ availability as a speaker and reviews from those who have attended his in-person lectures or webinars, visit at