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

Ask Ancestry Anne Search Tip #4 — Want to See Records Just from the US? The UK? Canada?

Posted on March 8, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

We have records from many countries, but sometimes you just want one.  Here is a quick fix for that. Collection Priority At the bottom of the advanced search form, you will see a box labeled Collection Priority: Change “All Collections” to the country or record type you are after. Then check the “Show only records… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Search Tip #2: A Rose By Any Other Name Might be Rosey — Name Filters Will Catch That

Posted on March 7, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Searching for Records

If you find you are getting too many results when you do a search, its time to try out name filters when you do a search. We have over 13 Billion records and making sure you narrow your search results down to a reasonable amount, is probably a good idea. First you will need to… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Search Tip #1 : Controlling location in your searches

Posted on March 6, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

It seems like now is a good time to update some of my favorite search tips. Let’s start with my favorite search filter. Sure it may never have occurred to you to have a favorite, but I find this one incredibly useful. When you are in search form and you start typing in a location,… Read more

Grand Canyon State or Copper State? It’s the Arizona Research Guide!

Posted on March 6, 2014 in Research

Arizona has been home to many different people over the centuries. The Anasazi lived there as early as the 1100′s, often in dwellings that were carved into sandstone cliffs. Now you probably aren’t going to trace your ancestors back to the Anasazi, and no we don’t have records for them either! But, maybe your ancestors did settle there… Read more

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

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