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 Can I Keep a Photo Private?

Posted on September 9, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Family Tree Maker

I’m often asked, “Is there a way to make just part of my tree public? I don’t want to share all my photos, just some of them.” There is a way to control what you show and don’t show on your public tree without keeping a duplicate copy. Here’s How: Last month I wrote about… Read more

Welcome to the Tar Heel State! The North Carolina State Research Guide

Posted on September 5, 2014 in Research

North Carolina, known as The Old North State or The Tar Heel State, was 12th of the original colonies. Five things you may not have known about the Tar Heel State: North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the United States. Have you checked the agriculture schedules for your North Carolina ancestors?… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: September 1st Edition

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Ancestry.com The emotional rollercoaster comes to an end.  It’s the last in the season of Long Lost Family! by Brian Gallagher Ancestry Mobile iOS 6.0 Release Now Available by Finn Larson What We Are Reading: August 29th Edition by Amy Johnson Crow Just in Time for Labor Day — Delaware, Winterthur Museum Craftperson Files, 1600-1995… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: August 25th Edition

Posted on August 25, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com MyCanvas Finds a New Home in Alexander’s Survey Says: Our Genealogists Share Their Favorite Cemeteries by Amy Johnson Crow Tamzin Outhwaite Discovers a Rags to Riches Tale on “Who Do You Think You  Are?” (UK)  by Brian Gallagher AncestryDNA Goes to DNA Days in DC by Anna Swayne Cabot Creamery Cooperative: Honoring… Read more

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