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 Did My People Come From?

Posted on March 5, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

For many of us, knowing where our ancestors came from is a primary goal.  Here are some tips on where you might start looking. 1850 – 1940 U.S. Census records. Census records list the person’s birthplace; 1880 – 1930 also list parents’ birthplace.  This is obvious place to start looking!  Make sure to check every… Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Ada Lovelace

Posted on February 25, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

You may have recently watched the Imitation Game and learned about Alan Turing’s efforts to defeat the Nazis with his ingenious computer work.  But do you know who is credited with creating the first computer program?  Would you have guessed an English Countess? Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born 1815 and died 1852 in… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Does My DNA Suggest Native American?

Posted on February 2, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: Like many African Americans I have gone through my seventy six years believing my family was Native American, in particular Cherokee, so for my birthday I submitted my DNA to Ancestry only to find that I am anything but.   DNA = 73% African, 3% Asian, 23% European, and 1% West Asian. — Fran Answer:… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: How Do You Get Kids Involved in Genealogy?

Posted on January 5, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Looking for new ways to get the children in your life involved in genealogy?  Are you a Civil War buff?  Or better yet, both?  If so, you might want to check out the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) program. Over 600,000 thousand soldiers died during the Civil War and this inventive program is planting a tree… Read more

Welcome to the First State! Delaware State Research Guide

Posted on December 26, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on December 7, 1787. Five things you may not have known about the First State: Delaware is 96 miles long and at it’s widest point 35 miles across. The first recognized settlement of Europeans was called New Sweden in 1638. Seaford, Delaware is known as… Read more

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