About 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.

Past Articles

Is That Your Civil War Ancestor or Someone With the Same Name?

Posted on November 6, 2014 in Military Records, Research

Whether you call it the Civil War, the War Between the States, the War of Secession, the War of Northern Aggression, or even “the Late Unpleasantness,” if you have ancestors who lived in the United States between 1861 and 1865, they were probably impacted in some way by the Civil War. Finding the Right Service… Read more

Researching Native American Ancestors: Context Is Key

Posted on November 6, 2014 in Research

Taking clues from our ancestors – exploring where they lived, looking at when they lived there, pulling every bit of information from their records – is key to family history research. Nowhere is this more true than with Native American research. Often when someone hears from family members, “We have Native American ancestry,” they’ll take… Read more

Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor

Posted on November 5, 2014 in Military Records, Research

The War of 1812 is sometimes referred to as the “Second War for Independence.” Although the Americans had won the Revolutionary War, Britain had not relinquished control of all of the lands it was supposed to per the Treaty of Paris of 1783. By winning the War of 1812, the United States secured its position as… Read more

What We Are Reading: October 31st Edition

Posted on October 31, 2014 in In The Community

Happy Halloween! Don’t be scared — this week’s What We Are Reading is all “treats” and no “tricks.” (And we won’t even make you dress up in costume.) “Do We Have the Genealogy Reflexes We Need,” by Harold Henderson, on Midwestern Microhistory. Good reflexes aren’t just important in exercise. They’re essential for growing as a… Read more

Why Did They End Up Here: Ethnic Clusters

Posted on October 31, 2014 in Research

The scene plays out in cities and towns across America each weekend. German Heritage Festival. Italian Heritage Days. Irish Fest. Why is it that some areas have enough people of a given ethnicity to have events like this? Why are there so many Scandinavians living in Minnesota? The answer lies in migration patterns. They say… Read more

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