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

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

The White Glove Debate

Posted on July 28, 2014 in In The Community

Besides death and taxes, there is a third certainty of life: Have someone on television handle an old document without wearing white gloves and you will hear shocked people all across social media. Slightly less certain are the comments of those who are shocked when someone does wear white gloves when handling a document. Welcome… Read more

Special Delivery: Postmasters in the Family Tree

Posted on July 26, 2014 in Collections

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Postal Service! (We would have sent them a card, but we couldn’t find one for a 239th birthday.) One great thing about having an ancestor who held a government job such as postmaster is that it creates a paper trail. A postmaster (which is the correct term for both males… Read more

What We Are Reading: July 25 Edition

Posted on July 25, 2014 in In The Community

I’ve always been an avid reader. I enjoy seeing things from a different perspective or digging deeper into a subject that’s new to me. That’s what the articles we’ve read this week do. (Plus, there’s some inspiration to do some writing of your own!) “Census Sunday: William Wallace Greene Jr Counted Twice on 1930 Census,”… Read more

Dear Census Taker: Read the Instructions

Posted on July 21, 2014 in Research

Dear Census Taker: I would have addressed this as “Dear Enumerator,” but was concerned that you had not yet read the instructions that have been given to you and, thus, might be unfamiliar with that term. Those instructions are why I am writing to you today. Following these instructions will generate much joy for the… Read more