Have you always wanted to ask a family history expert a question about your own genealogy research? Now’s your chance! Join family history expert Crista Cowan in an Ancestry.com TweetChat. Using TweetChat, Crista will answer questions about how to successfully discover your family history both in real time and from previously submitted questions. All you need is a Twitter account to participate. If you aren’t on Twitter yet, then be sure to join at www.twitter.com and direct your questions to the hashtag #acomchat to participate in the chat!
**What is a hashtag you ask? A hashtag is a “group” designation on Twitter. People search on Twitter by typing in an abbreviated name with number sign #acomchat or #familyhistory among many other topics to see what people are posting on those subjects.
This TweetChat will take place on Thursday, October 6, (at 8PM EDT/5PM PDT) using the #acomchat hashtag. You can RSVP for the event on Facebook, and we’ll be sending out reminders via Facebook and Twitter for the next couple days leading up to the event Thursday evening.
Crista Cowan is a professional genealogist and currently serves as the Community Alliance Manager for the Ancestry World Archives Project. Since starting with Ancestry.com in 2004, Crista has taught countless family history classes and online webinars, written articles for Ancestry.com publications and the Ancestry.com blog and has held the positions of European content acquisition manager and indexing manager.
To keep the questions to the most relevant possible, Crista recommends submitting around the following topics:
– Search tips for Ancestry.com
– Problem-solving strategies
– Tips for finding ancestors in specific collections
– How to use historical details to liven up your family tree
**How Do You Participate?
On the day of the event, go to www.tweetchat.com/room/acomchat to follow the #acomchat and log-in to TweetChat from your personal Twitter account. During the event, you can follow the discussion, contribute questions, and submit your own comments by using the same hashtag. Please send a message to @ancestrydotcom during the conversation with any technical issues you may have.
**How to submit your questions in advance of the TweetChat:
- Follow Ancestry.com on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ancestrydotcom)
- You can then send us an @ reply with your question and include the hashtag (#acomchat) in the message to make sure we know to include it in our list of questions
- Or, after you receive a message confirming that we’re following you too please visit our Twitter page at www.twitter.com/ancestrydotcom and click on the mail icon to send us a private / direct message with your question
To submit your questions during the TweetChat, please send a tweet to Ancestry.com on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ancestrydotcom) using the hashtag #acomchat in your post.
**How do I use Twitter?
If you haven’t used Twitter before, it’s easy to get started. Just visit www.twitter.com and create a user name and a password. You will also need to submit an active email address. Your user name will be the name associated with you on Twitter. Just like Ancestry.com is twitter.com/ancestrydotcom, you may be twitter.com/nickcifuentes. After that, sign into your Twitter account, go to www.twitter.com/ancestrydotcom and click “Follow” to get “tweets” aka messages, within 140 characters each, from Ancestry.com. You can “reply all” to a message by clicking “retweet” so that people following you can see a message you want to share with them or write one yourself, within 140 characters per message.
**What is a TweetChat?
A TweetChat is merely the online forum in which a conversation occurs and their proceedings are posted for reading or engagement. TweetChat.com (www.tweetchat.com) is the online platform that allows anyone with a Twitter handle / account to log-in to TweetChat and enter a hashtag to follow an entire conversation on one screen.