The winner of the next ThinkGenealogy Innovator award has been doing some exciting things in the area of genealogy conferences. That might not be an area that we normally associate with innovation, but that is precisely what Family History Expos, Inc. has been doing.
Before Family History Expos (formerly My Ancestors Found) started doing conferences in 2005, the two main options were attending a national conference or one sponsored by a local or regional genealogical society. Over the last few years, FHExpos has organized conferences in an increasing number of locations including, Utah, California, Colorado, and Arizona. This year they will also host conferences in Missouri and Georgia.
Their model is to find interesting presenters that are willing to share their family history knowledge in exchange for admission to the conference. This keeps the price of the 2-day conference to around $70 dollars which is a bargain for the approximately 1000 attendees that register for each conference. In addition to two full days of presentations with multiple sessions each hour, there is a top-notched exhibit hall that is free to the public.
On Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 8am, I will be presenting “The Twittering Genealogist” at the Arizona Family History Expo.
For the benefit of those attending (and those who happen by), here is my complete slide presentation:
As a genealogist or family historian one of the first things that you do after setting up an account is find people to follow. Even when you have been using Twitter for months, you will still want to spend some time finding additional people that share your interests and follow them.
How do you go about finding people to follow on Twitter? What tools can I use? How do I find others interested in genealogy?
In this 10 minute video we will explore ways to find and follow genealogists on twitter.
The video shows a list of 12 people and 12 companies/organizations on Twitter that genealogists might be interested in following.
Here is that list:
It is easy to sign up for Twitter. You can do it in two minutes or less. In this video, I will show you how to sign up for Twitter and give you a quick tour around the site. I also share an idea specific to genealogists.
For best viewing, click on the video while it is playing to view a larger version on the YouTube site & click the HD button to see it in high definition:
Did you find this video helpful? Do you have any other tips for setting up an account for a genealogist? What do you find most confusing about Twitter? If you are not signed up for Twitter now, are you going to sign up after watching the video?
I would love to hear your comments. If you would like to follow me on Twitter, my username is marktucker.
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.
Here is a collection of my tweets from the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy: