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 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

Ask Ancestry Anne: Answers 5 DNA Questions

Posted on April 3, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Ask Ancestry Anne

We get a lot of questions about DNA.  Here are 5 of the most common and the answers: 1. Is it true that only men can take the test? AncestryDNA is an autosomal DNA test that tests 22 pairs of Autosomal testing allows you to find family across all lines in your family tree. That… Read more

North Carolina County Marriage Records

Posted on April 1, 2015 in Collections

Do you have North Carolina ancestors?  Well you may need to take a day off from work or tell your family you simply aren’t available. Ancestry has launched North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011 and this data collection includes images of marriage bonds, licenses, certificates, and registers from 87 different counties. On the data collection page,… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Where Did My People Come From?

Posted on March 5, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

For many of us, knowing where our ancestors came from is a primary goal.  Here are some tips on where you might start looking. 1850 – 1940 U.S. Census records. Census records list the person’s birthplace; 1880 – 1930 also list parents’ birthplace.  This is obvious place to start looking!  Make sure to check every… Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Ada Lovelace

Posted on February 25, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

You may have recently watched the Imitation Game and learned about Alan Turing’s efforts to defeat the Nazis with his ingenious computer work.  But do you know who is credited with creating the first computer program?  Would you have guessed an English Countess? Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born 1815 and died 1852 in… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Does My DNA Suggest Native American?

Posted on February 2, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: Like many African Americans I have gone through my seventy six years believing my family was Native American, in particular Cherokee, so for my birthday I submitted my DNA to Ancestry only to find that I am anything but.   DNA = 73% African, 3% Asian, 23% European, and 1% West Asian. — Fran Answer:… Read more