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 as Lurkegone, 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.