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

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: August 18th Edition

Posted on August 18, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Two stories. Two Reunions. Many Tears! There’s Only One Long Lost Family by Brian Gallagher Mark Your Calendars For Ancestry Day in Nashville, TN Ask Ancestry Anne: Public or Private? That is the Question! by Anne Gillespie Mitchell AncestryDNA Delivers Up A Few Ethnicity Surprises by Anna Swayne Postcards from the Past:… Read more

Welcome to the Show Me State! The Missouri State Research Guide

Posted on August 15, 2014 in Research

Missouri became the 24th state on August 10, 1821. Five things you may not have known about the Show Me State: Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver is credited with the state’s nickname when he first said, “I’m from Missouri and you’ve got to show me.” Kansas City has more miles of boulevards than Paris and more… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Public or Private? That is the Question!

Posted on August 12, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

One question I am asked frequently is “Should my tree be public or private?” There is no one right answer and you should choose one of three options that works best for you. Your three options: Public: This setting allows other users to view all content in your tree—except information about living individuals and private… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: August 11th Edition

Posted on August 11, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Family History Conferences Offer Unique Learning and Networking Opportunities by Juliana Szucs Smith AncestryDNA: You Can Now Share Your DNA Results by Anna Swayne The new season of Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) opens with Julie Walters by Brian Gallagher The White Glove Debate Continued: What’s Up With the Purple Gloves? by Amy Johnson Crow… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: August 4th Edition

Posted on August 4, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Ancestry.com Two Searches, one family! Get Ready for another episode of Long Lost Family by Brian Gallagher Upcoming Ancestry.com Events: August 2014 by Crista Cowan AncestryDNA Matching Update Impacts Jewish Ancestry by Ken Chahine What We Are Reading: August 1 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow Who Do You Think You  Are? Recap: Jesse Tyler Ferguson… Read more

Welcome to the Sooner State! Oklahoma State Research Guide

Posted on July 31, 2014 in Research

Oklahoma became the 46th state on November 16, 1907. Five things you may not have known about the Sooner State: Originally Indian Territory, the state of Oklahoma was opened to settlers in a “Land Rush” in 1889. Prospective settlers would be allowed to claim plots of land by grabbing the stakes marking each plot on… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: July 28 Edition

Posted on July 28, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blogs Ancestry.com “The Beehive State: Utah State Research Guide” by Crista Cowan “Celebrate Cousin Day: Making a DNA Connection Isn’t Lucky. It’s Likely” by Anna Swayne “Connecting With Cousins” by Juliana Smith “Dillinger’s Jailor, Sheriff Lillian Holley” by Juliana Smith “Second Chances and Emotional Reunions in the Next ‘Long Lost Family’” by Brian Gallagher “Short… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: July 22 Edition

Posted on July 22, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blogs Ancestry.com “Dear Census Taker: Read the Instructions” by Amy Johnson Crow “It’s Greek to Me: What We Can Learn From the Rosetta Stone” by Amy Johnson Crow “What We Are Reading: July 18 Edition” by Amy Johnson Crow “Welcome to the Mountain State: West Virginia State Research Guide” by Anne Gillespie Mitchell “5 Things… Read more

Welcome to the Mountain State: West Virginia State Research Guide

Posted on July 18, 2014 in Research

The western counties of Virginia separated from that state when it seceded in 1861. Those counties combined as West Virginia and became the 35th state on June 20, 1863. Here are 5 things you might not know about West Virginia: In 1756, the first public spa opened in Berkeley Springs. Almost 3/4 of the state… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: July 13th Edition

Posted on July 14, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com “New State Research Guide: New Hampshire” by Juliana Smith “What We Are Reading: July 11 Edition” by Amy Johnson Crow “New Sources for Black Sheep, Part 2: California Prison Records” by Amy Johnson Crow “New Sources for Black Sheep, Part 1: New York Prison Records” by Amy Johnson Crow “Today is World… Read more