About Amy Johnson Crow

Amy Johnson Crow is a Community Manager for Ancestry.com. She's a Certified Genealogist and an active lecturer and author. Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. She earned her Masters degree in Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Amy loves to help people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors and she thinks that there are few things better than a day in a cemetery. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and No Story Too Small.

Past Articles

What We Are Reading: November 21st Edition

Posted on November 21, 2014 in In The Community

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching here in the U.S. I had to travel for business yesterday and the airports were filled with families flying home for the holiday. I hope none of them were trying to get to Buffalo, where they just had 6 feet of snow! I also hope that everyone takes some time this… Read more

What We Are Reading: November 14th Edition

Posted on November 14, 2014 in In The Community

Cold weather and even snow (no!) has hit much of the U.S. this week. It’s another reminder that the year is coming to close. With that, we are drawing ever closer to the holiday season and more opportunities for sharing our family history. Many of us (myself included) will be taking a ton of photos… Read more

Researching Outside of the Five Civilized Tribes

Posted on November 13, 2014 in Research

Some of the largest collections of Native American records are for the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole). The reason is that these five tribes had the most regulated interaction with the federal government. That interaction created a lot of records. But what if your ancestor wasn’t a member of one of… Read more

World War II Veterans: Researching the Greatest Generation

Posted on November 8, 2014 in Military Records

Before you start exploring any of the World War II collections that I’m about to highlight, ask yourself if you know any living World War II veterans. If so, go interview them now. Don’t wait. Get their story if they’re willing to open up. Even if it’s just describing a photo of him or her… Read more

Using the Updated Search Forms

Posted on November 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Over the next few weeks, Ancestry will be rolling out an updated search form. Some of you may already have seen it and used it. Let’s take a look at what’s new. First, you might notice that the search form doesn’t have a link for “Advanced Search.” Instead, there is a link to “Show more… Read more

Is That Your Civil War Ancestor or Someone With the Same Name?

Posted on November 6, 2014 in Military Records, Research

Whether you call it the Civil War, the War Between the States, the War of Secession, the War of Northern Aggression, or even “the Late Unpleasantness,” if you have ancestors who lived in the United States between 1861 and 1865, they were probably impacted in some way by the Civil War. Finding the Right Service… Read more

Researching Native American Ancestors: Context Is Key

Posted on November 6, 2014 in Research

Taking clues from our ancestors – exploring where they lived, looking at when they lived there, pulling every bit of information from their records – is key to family history research. Nowhere is this more true than with Native American research. Often when someone hears from family members, “We have Native American ancestry,” they’ll take… Read more

Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor

Posted on November 5, 2014 in Military Records, Research

The War of 1812 is sometimes referred to as the “Second War for Independence.” Although the Americans had won the Revolutionary War, Britain had not relinquished control of all of the lands it was supposed to per the Treaty of Paris of 1783. By winning the War of 1812, the United States secured its position as… Read more

What We Are Reading: October 31st Edition

Posted on October 31, 2014 in In The Community

Happy Halloween! Don’t be scared — this week’s What We Are Reading is all “treats” and no “tricks.” (And we won’t even make you dress up in costume.) “Do We Have the Genealogy Reflexes We Need,” by Harold Henderson, on Midwestern Microhistory. Good reflexes aren’t just important in exercise. They’re essential for growing as a… Read more

Why Did They End Up Here: Ethnic Clusters

Posted on October 31, 2014 in Research

The scene plays out in cities and towns across America each weekend. German Heritage Festival. Italian Heritage Days. Irish Fest. Why is it that some areas have enough people of a given ethnicity to have events like this? Why are there so many Scandinavians living in Minnesota? The answer lies in migration patterns. They say… Read more