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: September 26th Edition

Posted on September 26, 2014 in In The Community

Fall is officially here! (For those of you in the southern hemisphere: Spring is officially here!) Cooler temperatures and shorter days make it a great time to curl up with some good reading. Oh, who am I kidding – it’s always a great time for reading! Here’s some of what we’ve been reading this week:… Read more

What We Are Reading: September 19th Edition

Posted on September 19, 2014 in In The Community

Migrating ancestors, deciphering legalese, and an usual death involving a cow. It’s just some of what we were reading this week. “Ancestors on the Move,” by B. Rogers, on When I Was 69. B. considers the reasons that our ancestors moved. “Extracting Data From a Biographical Sketch – Part 1,” by Wendy Littrell, on All… Read more

Talk Like a Pirate and Improve Your Research

Posted on September 19, 2014 in Holidays, Research

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day – that day when people get in touch with their inner pirate and pepper their sentences with words like “Arrrrrr,” “avast,” and “bilge rat.” (It’s a good day when you can work “bilge rat” into friendly conversation.) Facebook even has a language setting for “English (Pirate).” Don’t want to… Read more

Happy Birthday to Lots of You!

Posted on September 16, 2014 in Cool Finds

Happy birthday! If your birthday is September 16, chances are you know someone else with the same birthday as you. It is the most common birthday in the United States for those born between 1973 and 1999. (If you’re a visual data/infographic geek like I am, check out the heat map that Andy Kriebel put… Read more

What We Are Reading: September 12th Edition

Posted on September 12, 2014 in In The Community

Sometimes what we read in a week follows a theme. There are those weeks when everyone seems to be writing about the same thing — or maybe subconsciously we’re just noticing the same subjects. That definitely wasn’t the case this week! In the past few days, everything from ancestors who were former slaves to non-paternity… Read more

What We Are Reading: September 5 Edition

Posted on September 5, 2014 in In The Community

There were several lessons to be learned at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference last week. Among them: Write it down! Whether it’s writing about why you think that particular person is your third-great-grandfather or writing a timeline to organize your research, writing is crucial to everything we do in family history. It helps us… Read more

Preserve the Pensions: An Update from FGS 2014

Posted on September 4, 2014 in In The Community, Military Records

Imagine the paperwork that your ancestor had to submit in order to receive a War of 1812 pension. That paperwork is filled with all sorts of information – things like names, dates, relationships, residences, and military service. Now imagine all of that valuable paperwork deteriorating, without being digitized. That’s what has been happening with the… Read more

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