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: Where Is My Native American DNA?

Posted on November 24, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

  Question: I recently had my DNA analyzed and was surprised when the results did not show any evidence of my Cherokee connection. My great-great-grandmother was one-fourth Cherokee (Tiptendille Tribe-TN). Would the traces of the Native American heritage be so minute that they would not be evident anymore? – Shauna   Answer: The short answer… Read more

Welcome to the Cotton State! Alabama Research Guide

Posted on November 22, 2014 in Research

Sometimes known as the Cotton State, Alabama actually has no official nickname. Five things you may not have known about Alabama: Huntsville is known as the rocket capital of the world. Workers in Alabama built the rocket that put the first man on the moon. Sequoyah, a Alabama resident, created the Cherokee phonetic, written alphabet.… Read more

Do You Have Revolutionary War Patriots in Your Tree?

Posted on November 4, 2014 in Military Records, Research

With Veteran’s Day approaching, it is a good time to take a look at your tree and identify those who served. Our infographic from Fold3 gives you a handy guide to for possible birth years of veterans and what wars they might have served in. Do you think some of your ancestors fought in the… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: November 3rd Edition

Posted on November 3, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com What We Are Reading: October 31st Edition by Amy Johnson Crow Why Did They End Up Here: Ethnic Clusters by Amy Johnson Crow Welcome to the Silver State! Nevada State Research Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell A Brief History of Halloween. Click If You Dare!  by Brian Gallagher Bring Your Ancestors to… Read more

Welcome to the Silver State! Nevada State Research Guide

Posted on October 31, 2014 in Research

Happy 150th Birthday, Nevada! Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31st, 1864. Five things you may not have known about the Silver State: Bugsy Siegel gave the Flamingo hotel its name in honor of the long legs of his girlfriend Virginia Hill. Nevada is also known as the “Battle Born State” because of… Read more

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