About Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.

Past Articles

Ask Ancestry Anne: How Can I Share My Family Tree in an Interesting Way?

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: How can I transfer my information from my family tree to some sort of hard copy, such as a computer printer copy ?  I would like to make copies for family members. Answer: Printing your tree out is possible from a program like Family Tree Maker, but I suggest you go with something with… Read more

Ten Free Data Collections to Get You Started With Your Family History

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Family History Month

Money a little tight?  Are you looking for a free way to get a relative hooked on family history? (Aren’t we all?) Creating trees on Ancestry is always free — you just need to register. Check out these free data collections to help fill in some branches: 1940 US Census: Find one ancestor in here and… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: October 27th Edition

Posted on October 27, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Tips for Finding Your Ancestors in German Civil Registration Records on Ancestry by Juliana Szucs Uncovering a Free Black Man’s Past: Buying a Slave to Unite His Family by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Happy 350th New Jersey! New State Research Guide for the Garden State by Juliana… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: October 20th Edition

Posted on October 20, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry New Find A Grave Upload and Transcribe Beta Available by Kristie Wells Research in the Keystone State: New Pennsylvania Research Guide  by Amy Johnson Crow Throwback Thursday: Music by Juliana Szucs Smith Family History 101: Tips for Interviewing Your Living Relatives by Jessica Murray Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About… Read more

Migration in the South: Textile Mills

Posted on October 15, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

One thing I’ve noticed about my southern ancestors is that many of them in early 1900s started moving. But why? A look at their occupations gives us a clue. They stopped being farmers and began working in mills. Cotton mills, mostly. Why the change? Before and right after the Civil War, most of the textile… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: October 13th Edition

Posted on October 13, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Migration to America in the 1700s  by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Beyond Records: Adding Colour to Your Tree by Brian Gallagher What We Are Reading: October 10th Edition by Jessica Murray Free Genealogist’s Toolkit to Power Your Family History Research  by Juliana Szucs Smith Branch Out Comes to the UK. Enter to Win… Read more

Migration to America in the 1700s

Posted on October 13, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

As you work backwards in your tree, do you find that the trail seems to go cold in the 1700s? Lack of census records and passenger lists can leave you scratching your head and wondering how exactly they suddenly appeared in Pennsylvania, New England, and Virginia. The answer may be in some of the major… Read more

Early Migration in the United States: The Great Wagon Road

Posted on October 8, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Some of our ancestors stayed put for generations.  Some appeared to be nomads living in a different place in every census. How did they get from point A to point B in the 1700s and 1800s?  Obviously they didn’t drive. They didn’t fly.  They didn’t look at a map and take the straightest path.  There… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Update: October 6th Edition

Posted on October 6, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Five Mistakes to Avoid When Researching Your Family History  by Brian Gallagher What We Are Reading: October 3rd Edition by Amy Johnson Crow Throwback Thursday: Hairstyles and What We Endured to Get Them  by Juliana Szucs Smith World Famous Comedian Billy ‘The Big Yin’ Connolly is next on Who Do You Think… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Is the Family Civil War Story True?

Posted on September 30, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: My great grandfather Henry Melrose was with the 1st West Virginia Cavalry in the Civil War and was in the 1889 Oklahoma land run. What a life! I think he was at Gettysburg. At some point he was shot and left for dead but survived. Where and when was he injured? Was he a POW? Where… Read more