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

How Current Roads Can Show Your Ancestor’s Migration

Posted on October 30, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

There are a lot of questions that we ask as we’re climbing our family trees. The most common one is “Who are the parents?” A close second might be “Where did this person come from?” It’s that search for origins that drives much of our research. So what do you do when the census and… Read more

What We Are Reading: October 24th Edition

Posted on October 24, 2014 in In The Community

Genealogy happy dances can be brought on by breaking through a brick wall. They can also happen when we find a little nugget of information – an insight, a story – that we weren’t expecting. Many of the things we’ve been reading this week have been around those little stories, whether they were tales of… Read more

Research in the Keystone State: New Pennsylvania Research Guide

Posted on October 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

There is so much to explore in Pennsylvania, both in the state’s history and in our own family histories. I’ve been doing Pennsylvania research for a long, long time and I’m amazed at how there is always something new to discover. Did you know these five things: Pennsylvania was the first state to abolish slavery.… Read more

Taking Clues From Your Ancestor’s Ethnicity

Posted on October 8, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

Discovering the origins of our immigrant ancestors is the reason many of us pursue genealogy. There is a desire to pinpoint that ancestral home. When it comes to immigrants, we often think of naturalization records and passenger lists, but it could be that the ethnicity itself holds keys to further our research. Language and Ethnicity… Read more

What We Are Reading: October 3rd Edition

Posted on October 3, 2014 in In The Community

In many ways, family history is about finding what has been lost. The relationships, the stories, the struggles – the people who lived it knew those things, but that knowledge got lost somewhere between them and us. What we try to do now is to rediscover what they knew. We dig into the records and… Read more

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