What are the Best Genealogy Tweets?

Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | by Mark Tucker

In what ways have you seen genealogists use Twitter? Do you know of any great examples? It might be from someone doing personal family history research or from a professional genealogist. Maybe you came across a great tweet from a genealogy company, organization, or society.

For this post, I am putting up the challenge but it is you that will provide the real value. Go back through your sent tweets, those sent by friends, the public timeline, or do a search. When you find a tweet that you think deserves to be on the list with the best, post a comment with the web address for that specific tweet.

To get the tweet address, click on the date link for the tweet.


This will take you to another page that is just for that tweet.


Copy the text from the browser’s address box.



  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by mdiane_rogers, MarkTucker. MarkTucker said: In search of the best #genealogy tweets: [...]

    Pingback by Tweets that mention What are the Best Genealogy Tweets? | ThinkGenealogy -- — 20 Oct 2009 @ 9:07 am

  2. What is the definition of a “good” tweet? The reason I ask is that I have plenty of my own examples of how I use Twitter for genealogy, but the tweets themselves aren’t very exciting.

    Case in point: a third cousin told me that our common ancestor was interviewed by Edna Ferber and that she credited him in one of her books. I put a call out, via Twitter, to have all my library friends check their stacks for a copy of this book and see if it was true. Within minutes I had several replies and got my answer. In this case, Twitter was the fastest way for me to answer a genealogy question. However, the tweet itself was not very exciting to read…which is why I asked you the question. Good examples may not stem from good tweets.

    Aren’t you glad we’re not in the same ProGen? I ask these questions all the time. :)

    Comment by Amy Coffin — 20 Oct 2009 @ 9:40 am

  3. That is a great use of Twitter for genealogy purposes! Share the link.

    From your example we learn that we can use Twitter to ask a genealogy question or to corroborate information.

    Comment by Mark Tucker — 20 Oct 2009 @ 9:47 am

  4. I used Twitter to ask an archivist for help with finding out more about a woman with 12 (!) illegitimite childen. Her reply was priceless: she suggested it might have been an occupational hazard :-) The tweets were in Dutch: my question and her answer.

    Comment by Yvette Hoitink — 20 Oct 2009 @ 10:37 am

  5. I’m the webmaster for the Hudson County (New Jersey) Genealogical Society. I don’t think everything we tweet at @HudsonCtyGeneal is earth shatteringly brilliant, but I think we do a pretty good job of using Twitter to keep our audience aware of our programs and genealogy-related info as well as creatively integrating hashtags for expanding the reach of tweets like in this one:

    But one of my favorite non-promotional tweets was this one:

    Comment by Joe Mann — 27 Oct 2009 @ 2:04 pm

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