Join Family History Expert Juliana Smith this Thursday evening as she Answers Your Questions in our First Ever Live Chat on Twitter!
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 Juliana Smith in Ancestry.com’s first ever Live Chat on Twitter! Using TweetChat, Juliana 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, July 28, (at 8PM EDT/5PM PDT) using the #acomchat hashtag.
Juliana Smith is an expert on the topic of genealogy and family history and has been an editor of Ancestry.com newsletters for more than 13 years. She is also the current editor of the Ancestry Weekly Discovery. She also wrote the “Computers and Technology” chapter in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy, rev. 3rd edition and presents free webinars that are available in the Ancestry.com Learning Center.
To keep the questions to the most relevant possible, Juliana 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:
1) Follow Ancestry.com on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ancestrydotcom)
2) Once we receive a message that you’re following us, we’ll follow you back!
3) 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/janiesmith. 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 its proceeding 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.