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

New at Ancestry Academy: African American Research and Timelines

Posted on November 19, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Ancestry Academy brings you new classes every month and the latest classes are must sees! Timelines: Put Your Ancestors Into Historical Perspective from Laura G Prescott will help you organize your research to gain new insights. What events shaped the lives of our ancestors? Match historical events to an ancestor’s life, or synchronize one ancestor’s… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Is This Relationship Working?

Posted on October 22, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: How can I tell how people are related to others in my tree? Answer: Knowing who was related to whom can help you solve mysteries in your tree. First, let me show you how to see how everyone is related to you and then how to adjust for anyone in your tree. When you… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Can I Filter My Hints?

Posted on September 29, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Is there a way to filter the little green leafs? –Gery While there is no way to tell our hint machine what types of hints to send you, you can use the All Hints page to help you manage your hints and find the ones you are most interested in. When you are looking at… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: So Many Questions―We Have Answers

Posted on September 10, 2015 in Ancestry Great Adventure, Ask Ancestry Anne

We get a lot of questions here at Ancestry. And it’s not surprising. Every time you discover something new about an ancestor, it tends to lead to more questions. And we are always looking for new ways to get information to you so you can get the most out of your Ancestry experience. The latest… Read more

Wills and Probate Records: How Do I Find What I Am Looking For?

Posted on September 9, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

  Hopefully, you’ve had some time to start looking through the new U.S. Wills and Probate Records collection on Ancestry. And I hope you’ve found something good that maybe smashed a brick wall or made you gasp with delight or dismay. I know I have! When I first started looking through these collections, I noticed… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: How is Confidence Computed In AncestryDNA?

Posted on August 3, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: As I look at possible cousins, I see “Confidence…moderate, good” etc… What exactly is the difference? Are these matches created by DNA or similarities in family names, profiles? Kathleen Answer: When we compare your DNA to the DNA of one of your matches, we calculate a confidence score for you based on the amount… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: How Do I Find Trees?

Posted on July 2, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: Are there any plans to update searching for specific public trees? —Phyllis Answer: Last month I answered a question about using and trusting other trees you find on Ancestry, which led to a lively debate to say the least!   And I’d like to suggest another article that might shed some more light on the subject:… Read more

Virginia Vital Records Are Here!

Posted on June 2, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Do you have Virginia ancestors?  Wouldn’t it be great if you could have access to Birth, Marriage, Death and Divorce certificates? Can you imagine the goodies that you might find in there? Parents names and birth places, birth, marriage, and death dates and places, possible other relatives, burial places.  Sounds like a recipe to break… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Can I Trust Trees?

Posted on May 27, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Hello Anne, I have a question related to using other people’s family trees on Ancestry.  This is an honest question born out of some struggles! How do you know when and if their information is accurate?  Particularly when you are researching an ancestor that is new for you and the “hints” that are provided are… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: 5 Tips for Researching the Females in Your Tree

Posted on May 1, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it might be a good time to focus on the female side of your tree.  But let’s face it, women can be harder to track because they didn’t leave as many records behind.  I have a few things I try with every female in my tree when I… Read more