Don’t Miss It! Black Friday Flash Sale at Hack Genealogy – 50% Off Digital Downloads

Here’s your chance to save 50% off of digital downloads of Hack Genealogy Boot Camp sessions – such as Evernote, Self-Publishing, Scrivener, and more!  

Here is the information provided by Hack Genealogy.

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity! Get your Genealogy Boot Camp digital downloads* for 50% off starting Thursday, November 26th at 9:00 pm CST through 11:59 pm CST on Monday, November 30th.
Use promo code BLACKFRIDAY when you purchase any of the following Boot Camp digital downloads:
  • Blogger Boot Camp
  • Evernote Boot Camp
  • Self-Publishing Boot Camp
  • Genealogy Writing Boot Camp
  • Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp
  • Newspaper Research Strategies Boot Camp
  • Research Right: Tracking and Evaluating Your Genealogy Research Boot Camp
  • Scrivener Mini-Boot Camp: Getting Started with Scrivener
This sale applies to both the Personal and Commercial (genealogy society) download versions!
Visit the Hack Genealogy Store at for more information – and don’t forget to use code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout!
*Sale does not apply to the Affiliate Marketing Boot Camp digital download.
BootCamp Information ©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.
Blog Post ©2015, copyright Lisa A. Alzo. All rights reserved.

Share Your Genealogy Research with Scrivener: Get Started with Mini Boot Camp – 31 January 2015

Just what is this program called Scrivener that everyone keeps talking about?  And how can you use it for your genealogy and family history projects? 

Scrivener by Literature and Latte is a combination word processor and project management tool that’s affordable and simple to use. Priced under $50, this powerful application seamlessly takes you from idea to outline to finished product. And here are just a few reasons of why you should be using Scrivener to share your genealogy research.

1. It provides a “one-stop shop” for preparing all types of genealogy projects.  Whether you are a blogger, an aspiring author, or a genealogist looking to share your family history findings, Scrivener can help you plot, organize, and publish your writing.  Here are a few ideas of what you can do with Scrivener:

  • Write a family history book or historical novel
  • Compose profiles or character sketches
  • Prepare client research reports or proof arguments
  • Outline articles and Blog posts
  • Develop presentations and courses 
  • Collect family interviews and stories
  • Storyboard a family photo project
  • Create a research “to do” list
  • Plan a family reunion
  • Preserve and share family recipes
  • Design your own locality guides
  • And…more (create your own project)

Compile and export your project into many different formats so you can share what you have written with your family through print or online, eBooks, and more.

2.  There are four writing modes to suit different writing moods.  It does not matter if you work best from an outline, prefer to “storyboard,”, or you like to see a full view of your project, and want the flexibility of more than just a word processing screen, Scrivener has you covered with its four main modes—Outline, Document View, Corkboard, and Scrivenings.  There are also plenty of built-in templates to make getting started a snap.  Keyboard shortcuts and Quick Command keys can help you access and navigate many of Scrivener’s main functions and project and interface shortcuts right from your keyboard. The Corkboard mode happens to be my favorite because it provides a chance to use virtual index cards to “storyboard” your entire project or even a portion of your project to help you visualize where you want to go with your article, story, book, etc., ideas and points you need to include, any holes you need to fix, or any additional research you still need to do.  

3. You will never be without your research. During the research stage you likely collected documents, notes, interview transcripts, newspaper clippings, photographs, and perhaps even audio and video files.  Scrivener lets you import just about any type of file right into your project so you can access it as its own file, or have it appear side by side with your composition window for easy reference as you type.  This saves you the time of having to open the file in an external program and flip back and forth between it and Scrivener.  The ability to sync your projects in the cloud via Dropbox means you can easily back them up. If you are an Evernote user, you can even quickly and effortlessly import items you have saved there.

Are you convinced yet?  

If so, then why not register for the Scrivener Mini-Boot Camp on 31 January 2015? During this 90-minute session, I will walk you through how to get up and running with Scrivener, and how to make this program work for you and your genealogy/family history writing.  You can find the full details about the Scrivener Boot Camp, including how to register, over at*

But, don’t delay, as seats are going fast and there are just a few spaces left. 

And, if you register by the end of today, Monday, 26 January 2015, you’ll  receive $3 off the regular registration price of $7.95! (This means you will get your space for the low price of $4.95). If you register but can’t attend, you’ll still receive the handout, the freebie and access to the recording!

Reserve your spot at:

Hope to see you there!

* It is highly recommended that you download the free trial version of Scrivener (Available for Mac or Windows) at before the boot camp in order to maximize your learning experience.

Copyright, 2015, Lisa A. Alzo
All Rights Reserved

Disclaimer:  As a consultant for, I will receive monetary compensation for instructing this workshop.

Genealogy Boot Camp: Special Holiday Edition! Saturday 29 November 2014

What do you get when you combine two educators who love to share their knowledge about genealogy, with a holiday theme, and some really great prize giveaways?  

The answer is: The Hack Genealogy Holiday Special Boot Camp to be held online on Saturday 29 November 2014  from 7:00 – 10:30 pm Eastern / 6:00 – 9:30 pm Central.  

I am pleased to be co-hosting this event with my colleague, Thomas MacEntee.  

If you’ve attended one of our boot camps before, or have watched the recordings, then you are familiar with our approach: High quality instruction and handouts delivered in an intimidation-free environment.  If you haven’t yet experienced Boot Camp, here is a great opportunity to check it out.  

But don’t delay…there are only 500 seats available.  And, did I mention we are giving away prizes?


Here is the official announcement for the the Holiday Boot Camp from Hack Genealogy:

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We have a very special Boot Camp experience for you this year. In celebration of our first year providing these exciting and fun genealogy education events, and to get into the holiday spirit, Lisa and I are holding our very first Holiday Special Boot Camp!
We realize that starting in late November and through December, it can be difficult to schedule anything related to genealogy. That’s why you won’t find many genealogy conferences or even online events to attend. Most genealogists are busy preparing for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and even Festivus (December 23 if you forgot). And while these events often involve family stories and relatives asking about family history, we tend to push the education aspect aside. Well not this year.

A Good Old-Fashioned Variety Show

Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee
Do you remember watching variety shows on television as a kid? Here in the United States, we had weekly shows hosted by Ed Sullivan, Carol Burnett and others. But around Christmas, there would also be “holiday specials” by stars such as Bob Hope, Sonny and Cher, The Carpenters and The Osmond Family.
Sure, looking back now they may seem odd or even hokey, but there was something about them that made Christmas and other holidays seem special. And they covered just about everything, right? Some music, some funny skits, some storytelling, some Christmas carols.
So in the spirit of the holiday season, we’ve decided that this month’s Boot Camp won’t focus on just one topic as we’ve done in the past. The Holiday Special Boot Camp will cover a variety of topics, some selected by Lisa, some of my favorites, and some submitted by you, the attendees! And wait until you see what we have in store! This Boot Camp is so unusual, and not like previous events, that we should be calling it the Un-Boot Camp! 

A Different Time, A Different Price, A Whole Different Boot Camp

So do you want to join us for some holiday fun and also learn some new genealogy tips and tricks? Here’s what you need to know:
Title: Holiday Special Boot Camp
Grab Bag!
Saturday 29 November 2014
7:00 – 10:30 pm Eastern / 6:00 – 9:30 pm Central
Join us on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for this special event when Lisa and I will share our knowledge of genealogy with you, we’ll have a few laughs and maybe even sing a few songs! And we’ll have contest and door prizes too!
To register, click hereThere are only 500 spaces available.
Otherwise, you can watch the recording starting on Monday 1 December 2014. And as an incentive, we’ll be giving away special prizes for those who watch the recording!

What is PWYW?

So how much does all this cost? Is it free? Well, it is sort of free. Normally, the full price for a Hack Genealogy Boot Camp is $12.95 with an early bird discount of $9.95. With that you receive 3.5 hours of live instruction, over 20 pages of handouts and templates, and access to the recordings.
Since this month’s Boot Camp uses a different format and since we’ll be covering a variety of topics, we’ve decided to use a Pay What You Want model. This means that you decide how much this knowledge is worth to you. You can donate $5, $10, the regular $12.95 or even more. We know some people will likely throw in a few dollars just to say thanks for making the Boot Camp concept available. It doesn’t matter what you pay or if you pay. Lisa and I just want you to come ready to learn and to have fun.
After you register you’ll see a Donate button and we’ll keep that button active between now and even after the Holiday Special Boot Camp. And those who just watch the recording may want to contribute, especially once they realize they’ve learned some new genealogy tricks. Click here if you would like to make your donation right now.

[Note:  25% of the proceeds will go to the Preserve the Pensions project initiative of the Federation of Genealogical Societies]

Copyright, 2014 Lisa A. Alzo
and HackGenealogy
All Rights Reserved

Get Your Genealogy Groove Back: New Boot Camp – 25 January 2014

Genealogy Boot Camp is back!  Hope you can join us on 25 January 2014.  We’ll show you how to get you genealogy groove back!  Here’s the announcement from Hack Genealogy.  

Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp
Come join well-known genealogy educators Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee as they team up to offer a unique education event: Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp! On Saturday, January 25, 2014, you’ll be able to learn how to tackle the nagging issues that can suck all the fun out of family history research.
  • Do you always start the year off setting genealogy goals but you never seem to follow through?
  • Are you overwhelmed with the amount of data involved with genealogy research – to the point of walking away?
  • Want to develop better habits to manage genealogy projects and actually complete them?
While our focus will be on genealogy and family history projects, you may become so successful that you start using these techniques to manage areas of your work and life!
You’ll receive over 3 hours of educational content, handouts and freebies for the low price of $12.95! You’ll also receive access to the recorded versions of each webinar for up to one year!
Register by Monday, January 20, 2014 and receive $3 off the registration price for a low $9.95! Space is limited and if you register but can’t attend, you’ll still receive the handouts, the freebies and access to the recordings!
Space is limited and if you register but can’t attend, you’ll still receive the handouts, the freebies and access to the recordings!


Saturday 25 January 2014
Duration: 3.5 hours (with a 30 minute break)
Note: If you attended the last Hack Genealogy Boot Camp in November, many participants asked for a later start time – we are starting one (1) hour later than last time.
  • 11:00 am EST /10:00 am CST
    Welcome / Meet & Greet
  • 11:15 am EST / 10:15 am CST
    Genealogy Goals:  How to Set Them, How to Keep Them
    Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
  • 12:30 pm EST/11:30 am CST
  • 1:00 pm EST /12:00 pm CST
    Managing the Genealogy Data Monster
    Thomas MacEntee
  • 2:30 pm EST / 1:30 pm CST
    Closing and Thank You


Genealogy Goals:  How to Set Them, How to Keep Them
Presented by:  Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
Want to make 2014 your best genealogy year ever?  Whether you desire to improve your research skills, find new cousins, break through a brick wall, or finally write that family history, this session will show you effective ways to set realistic and attainable goals, and offer tips and tricks to help you achieve them.*
*    Attendees will also receive a free Ancestor Tracking Chart in downloadable PDF format.
Managing the Genealogy Data Monster
Presented by:  Thomas MacEntee
It is so easy to let the large amounts of data involved with genealogy overwhelm you – to the point that family history research is no longer fun! Learn how to tackle the three main problem areas of genealogy data: research data, project data and file data so you can put the fun back in your research!
We’ll cover the basics of working “smarter” instead of “harder” when it comes to managing genealogy data. Topics include setting up genealogy projects and tracking them to completion, using a research log to track research, and how to better manage your genealogy data files.*
*    Attendees will also receive free data management templates for genealogy projects and a genealogy research log.
For more information about the event and presenters, or to register, please visit the Hack Genealogy website by clicking here.  Space is limited so reserve your spot today!
Contact: Thomas MacEntee
High-Definition Genealogy
1416 W. Carmen Ave., #3
Chicago, IL 60640
+1 (773) 661-3080

Press Release Copyright, Hack Genealogy, 2013
Image courtesy of Hack Genealogy
Blog Content Copyright, Lisa A. Alzo, 2014
All Rights Reserved
[Disclaimer:  For my participation in Genealogy Boot Camp, I will be compensated for my work as an instructor]