Foreword from the Founder of #AncestryHour
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, to give you a bit of background and tell you about my hopes and aims for #AncestryHour going forward.
My name is Susie Douglas and I have been researching family histories for in excess of 30 years. I am a former Company Accountant and Dairy Farmer. My research became full time following the sale of our farm in 2011. In January 2013 my business "Borders Ancestry" was born. In the two years since then we have exhibited at WDYTYA Live twice, been published in online family history publications and helped many clients with their ancestral research. Most importantly though, I have had time to listen! There appeared to me to be a requirement for an informal time and place where professional and amateur researchers could get together, exchange tips and advice, post questions, promote their professional services and chat amongst themselves without the confines of a set subject or agenda. To facilitate this I started to host @AncestryHour on a Tuesday evening between 7.00 - 8.00pm GMT, using the hashtag #AncestryHour.
With so many people dropping in I have now created an "out of hours" #AncestryHour community. There is now a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ancestryhour where you can post your links, and of course this website which features contributor biographies and "blogs", providing participants with a platform to engage with the widest audience possible. The latest addition to the family is the "Ancestry Hour Forum", which is very much in its infancy and can be accessed through this site. Once registered, everyone can reply to posts, start new topics, upload pictures and other media and chat live with other members online.
These facilities have been created for you, so please use them, spread the word, like us on Facebook, share your expertise and support others in the Forum, follow us on Twitter and join us for our weekly "tweet-up" on a Tuesday evening.
With my very best wishes.