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. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.

Past Articles

Migration to America in the 1700s

Posted on October 13, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

As you work backwards in your tree, do you find that the trail seems to go cold in the 1700s? Lack of census records and passenger lists can leave you scratching your head and wondering how exactly they suddenly appeared in Pennsylvania, New England, and Virginia. The answer may be in some of the major… Read more

Early Migration in the United States: The Great Wagon Road

Posted on October 8, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Some of our ancestors stayed put for generations.  Some appeared to be nomads living in a different place in every census. How did they get from point A to point B in the 1700s and 1800s?  Obviously they didn’t drive. They didn’t fly.  They didn’t look at a map and take the straightest path.  There… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Update: October 6th Edition

Posted on October 6, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Five Mistakes to Avoid When Researching Your Family History  by Brian Gallagher What We Are Reading: October 3rd Edition by Amy Johnson Crow Throwback Thursday: Hairstyles and What We Endured to Get Them  by Juliana Szucs Smith World Famous Comedian Billy ‘The Big Yin’ Connolly is next on Who Do You Think… Read more

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