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: Is the Family Civil War Story True?

Posted on September 30, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: My great grandfather Henry Melrose was with the 1st West Virginia Cavalry in the Civil War and was in the 1889 Oklahoma land run. What a life! I think he was at Gettysburg. At some point he was shot and left for dead but survived. Where and when was he injured? Was he a POW? Where… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: September 29th Edition

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com The Dreaded Brick Wall: What To Do Next? by Brian Gallagher Join Us For Find A Grave’s Community Day on October 18th by Kristie Wells Throwback Thursday: Library Memories by Juliana Szucs Smith Get It on Paper: Printing Your Ethnicity Estimate by Anna Swayne From London to Ghana with Reggie Yates on… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: September 22nd Edition

Posted on September 22, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry.com What We Are Reading: September 19th Edition by Amy Johnson Crow Talk Like a Pirate and Improve Your Research by Amy Johnson Crow Behind-the-Scenes with Who Do You Think You Are? Production Crew by Kristie Wells Throwback Thursday: Dolls and Other Toys  by Juliana Szucs Smith Utah’s ABC 4 Takes a Deeper… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: September 15th Edition

Posted on September 15, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com The Soldiers’ Charity Frontline Walk by Brian Gallagher Ask Ancestry Anne: How Can I Keep a Photo Private?  by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Mary Berry of the “Great British Bake Off” discovers her family story on the next “Who Do You Think You Are?” (UK) by Brian Gallagher It’s a Small World: Discovering… Read more

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