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: August 29th Edition

Posted on August 29, 2014 in In The Community

This week is the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ (FGS) annual conference, being held this year in San Antonio, Texas. But don’t think that this event has kept us from finding and reading some wonderful genealogy articles! If you’re at the FGS conference, you might want to bookmark these and read them between sessions. They also… Read more

Spotlight: Texas State Genealogical Society

Posted on August 27, 2014 in In The Community

They say things are bigger in Texas. The Texas State Genealogical Society certainly lives up to that. They are one of the local hosts for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference, being held this week in San Antonio. Recently, I spoke with TSGS president John Wylie and learned what makes the society so strong.… Read more

What We Are Reading: August 22 Edition

Posted on August 22, 2014 in In The Community

As summer winds down, many of us find many things still on our “to do” list. I wanted to redo my flowerbeds and do some landscaping in my backyard. Maybe this fall… But one thing that I’m happy to keep on my “to do” list is “Read more genealogy.” It has a permanent place on… Read more

Aloha! It’s the Hawaii State Research Guide

Posted on August 22, 2014 in Research

This week, Hawaii celebrated its 55th statehood anniversary. It seems like a good time to take a look beyond the beautiful beaches, ocean waves, and palm trees and learn more about this beautiful state. Here are five things you might not know about the Aloha State: The word Hawaii is from the Proto-Polynesian hawaiki, meaning… Read more

Survey Says: Our Genealogists Share Their Favorite Cemeteries

Posted on August 19, 2014 in Research

Asking some genealogists to name their favorite cemetery is sort of like asking a parent to name their favorite child. Yet that’s exactly what I did to some of the people I work with. (No, I wasn’t trying to put them on the spot!) I’m fairly obsessed with cemeteries and was curious as to some… Read more

What We Are Reading: August 15 Edition

Posted on August 15, 2014 in In The Community

It’s hard to believe, but the schools in my area started classes this week. I remember when I was in school, it was unusual to start before Labor Day. (Now get off my lawn!) The kids shouldn’t be the only ones reading. We should all join in the fun! Here are some of the things… Read more

What We Are Reading: August 8 Edition

Posted on August 8, 2014 in In The Community

It’s the dog days of summer. Sounds like the perfect time to grab a cool drink, find a shady spot, and do some reading. If you have an Internet connection in that shady spot, check out some of the things we’ve been reading this week. (And if you don’t have wifi out there, go back… Read more

The White Glove Debate Continued: What’s Up With the Purple Gloves?

Posted on August 7, 2014 in In The Community, Who Do You Think You Are?

If you saw the recent episode of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Rachel and Kayleen McAdams, you might have noticed them wearing some special accessories. When they visited the Archives of Ontario, they had to don purple gloves when handling a map of land grants in Ontario. So, what’s up with the those?… Read more

What We Are Reading: August 1 Edition

Posted on August 1, 2014 in In The Community

What does a Civil War descendant, Coca Cola signs, and the Great Lakes have in common? It’s just some of what we’ve been reading this week.   “Bitter Sweet Memories, the History of a Family Home,” by Carol, on Reflections from the Fence. The selling of the family home brought back a lot of memories… Read more

Behind the Scenes: ProGenealogists Joseph Shumway

Posted on July 29, 2014 in In The Community, Who Do You Think You Are?

Many people wonder how to get the youngsters in the family interested in genealogy. Joseph Shumway’s grandmother figured it out. When Joseph was 12, she invited him over so he could help her learn her new genealogy software. “I was always the kid who enjoyed listening to the family stories,” Joseph recently told me. But… Read more