About Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on 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.

Articles by Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Got Five Minutes? Let Us Teach You Something New

Posted on March 6, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

If you want to break down your brick walls you need to do more than search.  You have to learn new tricks and methodologies so you can vary your approach. And if you want to understand your ancestors’ lives and be able to tell their stories, you have to find new ways to look at… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Tracing Native American Ancestry Through DNA and Good Old Fashioned Research

Posted on March 4, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Dear Anne, I recently had my DNA done by Most of it seems correct, but there is no trace of Native American ancestry. I have always been told that my great-grandmother was Native American and the family pictures seem to corroborate this. She had very distinct Indian features. Also I can find no information… Read more

What You Might Have Missed — March 3rd Edition

Posted on March 3, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts February ended with a flurry of articles and videos.  Make sure you didn’t miss anything! New Content: Nor Cals, Seadogs and Swedes by Paul Rawlins New State Research Guide: Welcome to the Constitution State! Connecticut by Juliana Smith African American Research: Tips for Tracing Families Post-1865 by Joseph Shumay The Mitchelville Preservation… Read more

What You Might Have Missed — February 24th Edition

Posted on February 24, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Just in case you missed anything this week, here is what we were up to! Blog Posts Local Histories: Let It Snow by Lou Szucs Going back to your African Roots by Anna Swayne 4 Things To Do Before You Donate Your Genealogy by Amy Johnson Crow MyCanvas @ RootsTech: Meeting New Cousin and… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: February 18th Edition

Posted on February 18, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

This is a pretty long list! I bet you missed something this past week! Blog Posts Can’t find a marriage? Check for Marriage Mills by Juliana Smith Hey Oregon! Happy 155th Statehood Day! by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Ask Ancestry Anne: I’m Having a Hard Time Researching My African American Ancestors by Anne Gillespie Mitchell DNA Testing… Read more

Hey Oregon! Happy 155th Statehood Day!

Posted on February 14, 2014 in Research

Oregon has been the home of more than 20 Native American tribes.  It’s natural resources attracted the Spanish, the Russians, the English and a host of others looking for riches and a better life.  It was the destination of those who traveled the Oregon Trail starting in Independence, Missouri.  If your ancestors are from Oregon,… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: I’m Having a Hard Time Researching my African American Ancestors

Posted on February 13, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

This month’s question: Answer: I found the census records that you referred to, and as you stated, the family’s race varies among the 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 census records. It should be noted that on the 1930 and 1940 census there were no instructions for individuals of mixed race. Citizens were either one race… Read more

RootsTech Presentations: Fine Tuning Search and Extracting Stories from Military Records

Posted on February 11, 2014 in Research, Speaking

We had a great time hanging out with our members at RootsTech 2014 – talking to members, answering questions, doing demos in the booth and conference presentations. In case you couldn’t be there to participate, I’d thought I’d share the slides from my two conference presentations: Learning How to Tune Your Search There is… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: February 10th Edition

Posted on February 10, 2014 in Site

Blog Posts Family History Sources in The Wolverine State by Amy Johnson Crow Found it! How an AncestryDNA hint led me to a picture of my great-grandfather  by Anna Swayne Upcoming Webinars and Events: February 2014 by Kristie Wells Fold3 Monuments Men & The Holocaust-Era Assets Collection by Laura Prescott The Fraught and… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: February 3rd edition

Posted on February 3, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Is it really already February?  Time is flying and you may have missed something good last week! Enter To Win the Branch Out Contest: Prize Package Valued Over $3000 by Kristie Wells New Research Guide: The Sunflower State, Kansas by Juliana Smith 5 Steps to Driving Your Research into Focus by Amy… Read more

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