Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 27, 2011 in Events

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 an TweetChat. 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 and direct your questions to the hashtag #acomchat to participate in the chat!

Join the chat room on Twitter here

**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 27, (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  leading up to the event Thursday evening.

Juliana Smith is an expert on the topic of genealogy and family history and has been an editor of 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 Learning Center.

To keep the questions to the most relevant possible, Juliana recommends submitting around the following topics:
— Search tips for
— 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 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 on Twitter (
  2. 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
  3. Or, after you receive a message confirming that we’re following you too please visit our Twitter page at 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 on Twitter ( 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 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 is, you may be After that, sign into your Twitter account, go to and click “Follow” to get “tweets” aka messages, within 140 characters each, from 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. ( 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.

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