genchat 2014The idea of twitter chats continues to grow. Not only are they a great social media activity as you get to interact with people from all over the world, but they are actually a great way to learn as well.

#Genchat started back in 2013 when Jen Baldwin from Ancestral Journeys put the idea out there, and now two years on, the idea of genealogy chats on Twitter (aka #genchat) keeps on getting bigger and better.

The genchat website invites genealogy tweeters to …

Join us for every other Friday! Great conversations, lots of learning, and good times! 9pm Central [US time].

Jen has just launched a brand new #genchat website, a new twitter handle (@_genchat), and the schedule of topics for 2015, but don’t forget that there is still one #genchat session left for this year, so why not join in.



Dec 26: Your genealogy holiday gifts

2 – Hey, what’s new with #genchat?
16 – Let’s Get Organized!
30 – Writing Your Family History

13 – #genchat in SLC for #FGS2015 : The 1-2-3’s of genealogy
27 – What did you learn?

13 – Geneablogging made easy
27 – My DNA Results Mean What?

10 – #OGS2015 and the Original American Northwest
24 – Society Focus: Volunteers!

1 – Global Family Reunion with A.J. Jacobs
8 – Black Sheep = Bragging Rights?
22 – Gravestone Photography

5 – Your Global Family
19 – Tricks for searching Google

3 – Putting ancestors into historical context
17 – Making the most of your local library
31 – Society Focus: creative programming

14 – Need research details? Get local!
28 – Ethnic Focus: Hispanic Heritage

11 – Society Focus: Technology
25 – Researching from a distance

9 – Google Earth & Google Maps
23 – Overland Trails

6 – Ethnic Resources: African American Resources
20 – Transcribing

4 – Using non-genealogy software in genealogy
18- Keeping Inspired


The format of #genchat is that you log on to Twitter at the nominated time (Friday 9pm CST in the US), which is 10.30am on Saturday morning EST. As Jen is the organiser/convenor, she asks a series of questions over the period of an hour, each related to that week’s topic. And those who are joining in, tweet back with their answers. Others may not join in, but simply follow the #genchat hashtag, and see the conversation.

If you wish to to find out more about #genchat, visit their website, and be sure to follow them on Twitter.

And if you need to find out what time #genchat is on in your timezone, I suggest using