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

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

Genealogy Roadtrip: Do You Brake For Cemeteries?

Posted on July 9, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

  This summer, you may venture out from behind your computer and into the sun to travel to the places that your ancestors lived and where they were buried. Cemeteries are great places to find information about your ancestors. Standing in front of the grave of those that have come before you can be a… Read more

What You Might Have Missed, July 7 Edition

Posted on July 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Who Do You Think You Are Returns to TLC on July 23rd by Kristie Wells Welcome to the Volunteer State: Tennessee State Research Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Librarians in Las Vegas: An ALA Wrap-up by Amy Johnson Crow Finding Revolutionary War Patriots by Amy Johnson Crow Cousin Connection: AncestryDNA Connects Melyssa… Read more

Welcome to the Volunteer State: Tennessee State Research Guide

Posted on July 4, 2014 in Research

On June 1, 1796, Tennessee became the 16th State admitted to the Union. Five things you might not have known about Tennessee: Before Tennessee became a state, in 1784, part of what would become the state became the State of Franklin; Franklin dissolved in 1788. Shelby County has more horses per capita than any other… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Why Can’t I Find My World War II Veterans Records?

Posted on July 2, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Military Records, Research

A question we hear a lot is: “I’ve searched and searched, but I can’t find records of my grandfather’s service in WWII. Am I doing something wrong?” Same for WWI, Korean War and Vietnam War records. You probably aren’t doing anything wrong. There’s a good chance the records may still be private or they may… Read more