legweb1Popular speaker and creator of GeneaBloggers.com, Thomas MacEntee, has been Legacy Family Tree’s most prolific guest webinar speaker. His presentations are easy going and easy to follow. One of his ever popular presentations was Google for Genealogists, which is available on CD for revisiting at any time.

In Google for Genealogists, MacEntee examines the familiar basic concept for searching with Google. Then, he goes deeper. Indicating a list  of Google Products exceeds 150, MacEntee shows viewers just some of the more popular and useful tools genealogists will appreciate. He refers to Google in his presentation as the Google You May Know and the Google You May Not Know. May Not Know topics found in the presentation include:

  • Advanced Google websearch
  • Books, journals, and magazines
  • Photographs
  • Office productivity
  • Collaboration
  • Transcription
  • News
  • Geography
  • Research

As I have previously mentioned in other reviews, web seminars, or “Webinars,” have quickly become one of the most popular ways for professionals and companies to share information with large groups of individuals from across the country, or even around the world, without the high cost of travel. Webinars are just like seminars. A large group of “attendees” can come and watch a presentation at a given time. Webinars are nice, since they are usually recorded and can be watched again at a later time. The only real downside to webinars is the video stream can be slow for some people. Depending in large part on the viewer’s own personal Internet connection speed, video may or may not play well. The age of a person’s computer may also contribute to slow playback. To counter these playback problems, some individuals and companies offer the option to buy their webinars on CD. CD’s offer the opportunity to play these webinars on almost any computer at anytime, without the worry of connection issues.

MacEntee’s class was originally presented as a live webinar, run 1 hour 28 minutes, and includes a link to download a 4-page handout.

Get your own copy of Google For Genealogists from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $12.69. Enjoy the presentation again and again on your own computer.

 

About the author:

Thomas MacEntee is a professional 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. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,300 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.