About Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.


Sharon Robb 

I have been researching my paternal grandfather for many years without luck. He was born Edward James Wilson, to parents James Joseph Wilson and Eliza Jane Young (Irish) on 29 August 1887, New York City. He also used alias names – Frederick and Ernest. On his enlistment to the Cdn army he stated his father lived in Wolzey, New York but I wrote the US Post Office and they confirmed no place ever existed. He told my father he was raised in Ontario and we can confirm he homesteaded in the Neidpath area, southeast of Swift Current, SK. I cannot locate a birth certificate, marriage certificate or even a record that puts all three together. He also supposedly lived in Fosston, Minnesota and said he was an early photographer for nature magazines in the early 1900’s. I have looked everywhere in Canada, NY and Minnesota without any luck. How do I go about conducting a search when there are so many geographical areas?

October 1, 2013 at 7:25 am

Sharon Robb #1, there is a Woolsey post office site in Queens, New York City–maybe he had never seen it written and that is the way it sounded to him “Wolzey”–I would start with Queens and see what happens–also there is a website for Saskatchewan records http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/census/index-e.html
good luck

October 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm