Amy Johnson Crow

Amy Johnson Crow is 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 Amy Johnson Crow.

How to Find the Collections for Your Area

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 6, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

There’s something about browsing that can help spark inspiration for our research. It’s like when you walk through the stacks at your favorite library when you have a general idea of what you want, but nothing specific comes to mind. Suddenly, you see it – the book that makes you stop and say, “I need Read More

Italian Immigrant Sisters’ Descendants Celebrate Centennial Family Reunion

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on June 30, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

When Antonina, Rosa, and Diaga Bianco arrived in Brooklyn from Sicily, they likely didn’t have any idea that their descendants would be celebrating family reunions for 100 consecutive years. Yet on July 4, 2016, that’s exactly what the descendants of the three sisters will be doing. The families – Antonina and her husband Gaspar Bica, Rosa Read More

Finding Children When There Isn’t a Will

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 18, 2016 in Research

The U.S. Wills and Probates collections hold the answer to countless questions about our family trees. As you’re going through, don’t be disappointed if your ancestor didn’t leave a will. His (or sometimes her) death could still have generated records that answer who the children are. Guardianship Records Guardians become involved when the minor heirs have a Read More

Teasing the Truth From a Family Legend

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 8, 2016 in Research

“You know we’re related to Brigham Young.” That’s what my Grandma Johnson told me way back when I was first starting to show an interest in our family history. I was fairly impressed. When it came to matters of our ancestry, Grandma was always right. Except when she wasn’t. Working With the Family Legends Family Read More

Exploring the Probate Records County by County

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 14, 2016 in Collections

In genealogy, it’s always a good idea to review what records are available for the specific locations we are researching. Probate records are no exception. Probate records vary not only from state to state, but also from county to county. How one county arranged its records might not be exactly the same as a neighboring Read More

5-Minute Find: Using the Sons of American Revolution Applications

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 2, 2016 in Collections

The Sons of the American Revolution is a lineage society for men who descend from a patriot of the Revolutionary War. Ancestry is home to a rich collection of applications to the organization that detail lineage to Revolutionary War patriots. In this video, Amy Johnson Crow shares helpful tips for effectively using this collection. Tune in below: Armed with Amy’s Read More

Musical Leap Year Babies

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on February 29, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

“Musical leaplings” isn’t the name of a new television show for kids (though it sounds like it should be!) Leapling is a term given to people born on that rarest of dates, February 29. Coincidentally, not one but two of the biggest names in American music in the mid-20th century were both leaplings: Dinah Shore Read More