#GENCHAT is coming. It is the innovative idea from Corn & Cotton Genealogy, Finding Our Ancestors and Ancestral Journeys, and they will start regular Twitter chats sessions later in January, 2013.

So if you are a Tweeter (or are keen to become one to participate), and interested in learning about resources, skills, methodology and techniques to further your family history research, the help you need may have just arrived.

Three genealogy professionals: Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, owner of Corn & Cotton Genealogy; Terri O’Connell, owner of Finding Our Ancestors; and Jen Baldwin, owner of Ancestral Journeys; are reaching across all boundaries using the power of Twitter to answer your questions and create an environment of collaboration.

Beginning on 25 January 2013**, they will combine their efforts to bring you #genchat, which is a Twitter chat focusing on genealogy related topics, skills and questions. The chat will be hosted every two weeks, beginning at 9:00pm CST**, and will last for one hour. The chats will be oriented towards hobbyist genealogists and family historians; and anyone who is interested is welcome to participate.

Between them, they bring 43 years of genealogy research experience to the Twitter platform. Individually, they each run a professional genealogy business and their areas of expertise range from the Midwestern United States, to integrating family history into home education, and the Rocky Mountain corridor. Each are also involved in various genealogy related projects, such as the digi-mag, The In-Depth Genealogist, and the upkeep of Conference Keeper, a site dedicated to compiling world-wide resources on educational opportunities for family historian’s.

To contact the hosts directly, please e-mail or tweet them at:
Jen Baldwin
Ancestral Journeys

Stephanie Pitcher Fishman
Corn & Cotton Genealogy

Terri O’Connell
Finding Our Ancestors

If you haven’t participated in a Twitter chat session before, here are some tips from Janet Fouts.

So note it on your calendar, and remember to use the #genchat hashtag.

** Note the time listed above is US time, which translates to Saturday 26th January 2.00pm EDT.