What's Been Done: Using Someone Else's Genealogy Research

Thomas MacEntee
Sep 5, 2018
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Speaker's Introduction
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Inherited Research
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Evaluating Research
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Research Log
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Correcting Information
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Whether you are new to genealogy or you've been working on your family history for years, incorporating the research of others can always be tricky. Here's how to develop a proven strategy to benefit from the work of other genealogists.

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About the speaker

So, what if I told you that a Baby Boomer guy with a love of punk rock music but also Renaissance Art, somehow “fell” into the technology industry almost 40 years ago, and then left a lucrative career in information technology to pursue his love o
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    6 years ago

    5++ Great info, especially the make it easier tricks. Thank you, Thomas

    A lot of information was imparted today.

    Absolutely fantastic….I only wish I were much younger so I could learn all of those computer tricks…lol

    Absolutely loved this webinar. So much information that I wish I’d known before. It’s going to take a lot of time on my part to redo what I’ve done with a research log but will definitely be worth it. I’ve learned so much through all the Legacy webinars I’ve listened to that it seems a daunting task ahead but with all the information gained it’s going to be a much better project than what I started doing 40 years ago. Thanks so much for the variety of topics.

    Absolutely wonderful!!!!

    All of Thomas’ webinars are 10. thanks for the help.

    Although I have heard some of Thomas’ bits of wisdom before about using logs for genealogy, this webinar approached it through the topic of using someone else’s research. I always hear at least one new tidbit and continuous learning helps to reframe your approach to the situation in the future.

    Always a great presentation from Thomas – and fantastic handouts. What great tools to apply to our research process! Thank you Thomas & Legacy Webinars!!

    Always a GREAT slide show!!

    Always brilliant

    ALWAYS enjoy listening to Thomas!

    Always enjoy Thomas and his ideas! Thank you.

    Always good to hear Thomas, and reinforces the need for research log and verification of data from others.

    Always great but loved the little extra tricks he showed us

    Always has helpful tips and tricks.

    Always learn something new from Thomas! Thank you for making these webinars available.

    Always new and usable info from Thomas!

    Amazing hints.
    Another excellent webinar from Thomas MacEntee!

    Another great webinar from Thomas! Thanks for the research log!

    Another outstanding job. As a database wonk, I relate to what was being said in the sense of been there, done that. Thomas always pursues what I consider to be the elegant solution!

    Another wonderful webinar… thank you

    Another worthwhile session. I always appreciate it when the presenter is knowledgeable about his/her subject & easily engages the participants. Well done!

    Appreciate strong syllabus and supporting files

    As always – terrific!

    Assisted me with the difference between primary and secondary sources – had no idea before – thanks a lot.

    Awesome, forget 5, it was a 10

    Best presentation I have ever seen regarding research logs and to-do lists. All of it was very useful information. Thank you.

    clear and concise,smooth (i.e. minimal stops and starts!),good slides. Thomas is always good to listen to

    Clear and helfpul, as always. thanks thomas

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    6 years ago


    Excellent — and thanks for the research log. I had started one once but have not kept it up. Shame on me!

    Excellent and organized.

    Excellent as always and the excel goodies were a plus.

    Excellent as always

    Excellent as always! Thomas doesn’t disappoint.

    Excellent as always!!!!!

    Excellent as usual

    Excellent as usual!

    Excellent presentation as always from Thomas. Thanks.

    Excellent presentation!!!

    Excellent presentation, clear and precise.

    Excellent suggestions, i.e. saving images because there use license could expire and they could be gone from Ancestry and Family Search. I never would have imagined that.

    Excellent webinar! This is very useful information. I can use this immediately. I always look forward to webinars presented by Thomas. He is always so calm, such a good communicator, and respects all and teaches us to appreciate and respect the work of others! Thanks!

    Excellent webinar!!!!!! Any presentation by Thomas MacEntee is so comprehensive and not to be missed. Thank you very much.

    Excellent Webinar, come back Thomas and Thank you Legacy

    Excellent Webinar. Mr. McEntee is a natural teacher because he is a genealogist who has figure out how to organize his information so he does not have to repeatedly search for the same thing. Can’t wait to download his Xl Spread Sheet. Excellent!

    Excellent! Been involved for 25 years and I wish I had heard this information then. I inherited 2 families genealogies and accept them as gospel, later had to go back and verify. Thanks

    Excellent! Learned so many things about keeping a research log which I was struggling with to find an organized and comprehensive way to do. Thanks Thomas!!


    Fantastic – Thank you

    Fantastic presenter

    Fantastic webinar with many good hints and sound genealogical practices presented.

    FANTASTIC WEBINAR!!! So much valuable information and importance of having and using a Research Log for each person. Understanding of reasoning for citing more than one source for discrepancies and incorporating most important or valuable one. Thanks so much, Thomas, and Family Tree Webinars!

    Fantastic webinar. Now to put into practice.

    Fantastic! I learned so much today.



    Fantastic. Excellent. Wonderful. This is the point I’m at with my Great Aunt’s research and my cousin’s research.

    Fantastic…always a terrific presenter and spot on with this topic!

    His talk gave some new information and some helpful Web sites.

    Got so much new information out of this webinar. Thomas is very informtive and gives out alot of good information.


    Great info, Can’t say how many times I’ve wanted to look at a piece of info again and couldn’t remember where it came from.

    Great info, well presented!!

    Great info. Clear presentation.

    Great info. Love the spreadsheet with the copy and paste and just fill in the blank

    Great information and nice to have the research log for download. Very clear and understandable, and walked through steps clearly and slowly. Wonderful!

    Great information and presented very clearly. Research log and and screens of explanation are a very useful tool!

    Great information as usual, and wonderful tips.

    Great information in today’s webinar. I learned so much!

    Great information.

    Great information. He keeps the class flowing and is not hard to understand at all. Love to hear him speak.

    Great information. Loved the tricks about using the Excel spreadsheet. Thanks for the link with the research log.

    Great practical tips

    Great presentation, Great speaker and as always with a Thomas webinar, Great knowledge. I always get something new and exciting from him.

    Great research log and tips.

    Great speaker with lots of wonderful tips! Thanks!

    Great stuff.

    Great webinar on using others genealogy research.

    Great webinar! Always learn a lot from Thomas. Thanks 🙂


    Great! As always with Thomas MacEntee.

    Great, as usual!!!!!

    He always does a great job, and is one of the most upbeat genealogists I have ever listened to. He gives great/useful information and is fun to watch!

    He showed ways to work with data that I had not seen before, it will make my work easier and more accurate than before.

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    6 years ago

    I absolutely love Thomas’s Webinar! I always learn so much. Thank you so much!!!

    I always enjoy Thomas MacEntee’s presentations, and find them very helpful. I especially liked his advice on cutting and pasting information for the Research log. This practice will make the task less onerous. Thanks again for another great webinar.

    I am just starting with numerous info given to me by my cousin’s widow for my paternal grandmother and this has really given me a path on how to deal with it. Thank you. I was going to use Evidentia but I think your spreadsheet is better.

    I appreciated the clarity with which Thomas MacEntee presented a very timely topic – What’s Been Done: Using Someone Else’s Genealogy Research. This is worth listening to again and again. Thank you Thomas.

    I don’t know if this is the best webinar I’ve watched or if it just hit right where I am and gave me SO much more knowledge on how to use Excel more efficiently. Tell Thomas that I have recently been given complete genealogies that I’ve been trying to verify, even though I trust the researchers, and this webinar has not only given help, but validated what I’ve been trying to do. THANK YOU!!!

    I found it very informative and helpful. I want to start using research logs!

    I have been researching my family since I was 19 years old. I am now 75 years old, it is always great to learn something new! Thank you

    I learned very useful information that I plan to add to my family research journey.

    I needed this jump start to document my research. Thank you.

    I never fail to pick up pointers fr Thomas’s webinars … one of the prizes should be a week w Thomas, on a deserted island, with WiFi deluxe. Throw in a few massages for sore shoulders fr spending time huddled over the computer, too 😉

    We love you, Thomas, and sure are glad you lost your job yrs ago! You, and we, have all benefited! Thank you ~

    I never miss Thomas’ webinars. They are always very good.

    I think Thomas is one of best speakers ever!

    Incredible amount of information. So many helpful ideas and explanations. Thanks for sharing your research log.

    Informative and easy to follow on screen presentation!

    It was excellent…thank you….took lots of notes.

    It was very informative and I hopefully learned some good tricks to help me with all the information my grandma left me. Thanks!

    It’s so good to hear his answers – it helps me formulate my own thinking about a genealogy issue. Down to earth and shows helpful tips.

    Just getting back into genealogy after retirement. This was an excellent reminder about how important research logs are….soure citations….doc types…. VERY helpful – and definitely got the juices going again. Thanks, Thomas!

    Learn quite a few things. For example, how to add a link in Excel.

    Learned a lot along with some tricks and tips for using Excel – made this an extra good webinar!

    Learned a lot of tips and going to check out his other webinars

    Learned some great things about using EXCEL.

    Loads of timely help!

    Love all of Thomas’ webinars.

    Love all Thomas webinars.

    Love the Citation formats. This is something that often drives me crazy.

    Love the little secret tips, such as copying links cleanly into spreadsheet or document. Thanks.

    Love Thomas! Thanks for another great webinar.

    Love Thomas-very helpful and easy to understand!

    Loved the excel spreadsheet explanation. Great presentation!!

    Loved this one

    MacEntee is always great, so resourceful. Love all his classes. Thank you

    My first Legacy seminar since I use a Mac. I learned a lot.

    One of the best webinars I’ve watched.

    One of Thomas’ BEST webinars EVER!!!

    Outstanding as always with Thomas.

    Outstanding, as always with Thomas!

    Q&A was good.

    Really appreciate Thomas’s speaking cadence. Never rushed and very easy to understand what he is saying.

    Really enjoyed Thomas MacEntee and his explanations on what we need to move forward with the research. Only trouble is he leaves us with so much more we need to do! Thank you for allowing us to listen and learn!

    Refreshing to listen to a presenter who is as skeptical as I am.

    Research Log information was great

    Rich, original content and professional presentation.

  4. Legacy Family Tree
    6 years ago

    slightly technical for me, but always great info and nicely presented by Thomas!

    So clear and organised. An excellent presentation of the information. Thanks to Thomas M – have already downloaded and checked out his research spreadsheet. I am a compulsive recorder of meta-data on spreadsheets, so will add this to my own collection.

    So interesting and informative, thank you!

    So much help on using the computer to document items. Will try using the research log.

    So much wonderful information! Can’t wait for the link to go listen again!

    Super – as always from Thomas!

    Terrific. Great tips.

    Terrific. So much info.

    Thank You

    Thank you for sharing so much information and helpful forms

    Thank you, Thomas. I REALLY APPRECIATE you demonstrating a shortcut. THEN REPEATING it one more time. Just hearing it doesn’t always work. WATCHING it happen is so much better!!!! Great afternoon. Thanks.

    Thanks for the download. Thomas is one of my favorite presenters. The information today verifies what I’m trying to teach those who I work with at a genealogy center. Thank you so much.

    Thanks for the excel tips among lots of great info. I downloaded the spreadsheet for future use. This was amazing info. I am new to genealogy (about 3 years) and have been curious as to how to best catalogue. This is great. Many thanks for your work.

    The hour goes by so quick with Thomas, and I always learn something new. Reminds me, I need to go back and re-watch several of his other webinars!

    This was a brilliant webinar with some very excellent information to help family historians stay on the right track and be able to justify their actions.

    This was a fabulous, information rich webinar. It is my first with FamilyTree and I am very impressed — especially with Thomas MacEntee.

    This was a good one by MacEntee

    This was a terrific webinar. I wish I had seen it before I ever started my genealogical research! Thanks again, so much.

    This was a very helpful Webinar! I learned a lot from it. Great presenter of valuable information!

    This webinar was extremely helpful. Thank you very much

    Thomas always give such great ideas!

    Thomas always has good info!

    Thomas always has great webinars. This is one of his best. Loved all the information, but particularly his spreadsheet with the inclusion of source citations. He is a wonderful presenter and I think I have attended all of this webinars and look forward to more. Thank you.

    Thomas always has wonderful information. I will be listening to this webinar again & again. Thank you.

    Thomas always provides great information!

    Thomas gave a great presentation as always! Thank you! 🙂

    Thomas great presentation. So important for new researchers to understand that you can’t always believe family stories and what’s online.

    Thomas has gotten me motivated to use my research log without fail. I love his log format.

    Thomas is a fantastic presenter!

    Thomas is a very good, very patient instructor. Thank you, Thomas, for sharing your teaching skills with the genealogy community!


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