Posted by Crista Cowan on June 24, 2013 in Research

Every ten days or so I head on over to to host a genealogy conversation 140 characters at a time. I usually hang out there for an hour and a half or so, answering questions about a whole variety of topics – research methodologies, how to search effectively, where to find records for a specific country. It’s a whole lot of fun trying to keep up with 20 or 30 different conversations at once. But, the common thread that runs through all of them? We all just want to know more about those who came before us. Tweetchat is just one more tool to help us do that.

If you have never participated in a Tweetchat here are some simple instructions:

  1. You must have a Twitter account to participate. Twitter accounts are free. You can sign up here.
  2. You will find the Tweetchat schedule here.
  3. On the scheduled date and time go here and SIGN IN using your Twitter login.
  4. New to Tweetchat? Spend some time watching the conversation to get a feel for the flow of conversation and how to ask your question in a single, 140 character tweet.
  5. When you are ready to participate, type your question in the box provided and click TWEET. Then watch the window for a response to your question.
  6. Don’t want a Twitter account? That’s fine. You can still go here to follow the conversation.
It’s not a typing test. Take your time and think about what you want to ask and how you can do it in 140 characters or less.



Photo:  Typing Contest by Bernard Goldbach

Crista Cowan

Crista has been doing genealogy since she was a child. She has been employed at since 2004. Around here she's known as The Barefoot Genealogist. Twitter


  1. I know I am related to General Ambrose E. Burnside. My grandmother was Ida Maude Bishop and grandfather William Burnside ( dont know middle but think ot may be Edward) How do I start

  2. HB

    I am related to former President of the USA, Andrew Johnson. I would like tho have all relatives info to put in my Family. 1229 Dr. Lee Av 35740

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