Crowd sourcing genealogy brick walls using Twitter

Twitter is rarely out of the news at the moment and is often criticised as a medium for egotists to broadcast the minutiae of their lives but I would like to highlight a recent success story I had in solving a  brick wall be using Twitter.

I had found my 4th great grandfather, John Boyd, on the 1861 Scottish census living with his daughter and son-in-law in Tradeston, Govan, Glasgow. His place of birth had been transcribed aLurkegone, Cumnridue which was unlikely to be correct!

My next stop was Scotland's People to see a scan of the actual census:

You can see why the transcriber was struggling.

At this point I was at a loss but I turned to twitter and tweeted:

Within three hours I had three replies and, what I think is, the correct answer: Linlithgow, Carriden

A testament to the benefits of using Twitter to help solve genealogy brick walls.


Amy Coffin said...

Twitter is great for getting answers to quick genealogy questions. Glad you found success!

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