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

What You Might Have Missed: January 27th Edition

Posted on January 27, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts The Land of Enchantment: New Mexico State Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Join Us for Ancestry Day in Pennsylvania! by Pam Velazquez Week 2 of the 52 Ancestor Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow New Content That’s Not (All) New York by Paul Rawlins Titanic Mystery Solved with DNA Testing by Anna Swayne… Read more

The Land of Enchantment: New Mexico State Guide

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

Did you know that the oldest standing religious structure is in New Mexico?  The San Miguel Mission, in Santa Fe New Mexico, was originally built around 1610. It was burnt along with all of its records in 1680, but its walls remained and the church was rebuilt. The Palace of the Governors, also built around… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: January 21st Edition

Posted on January 21, 2014 in Site, Ask Ancestry Anne

It’s been another busy week around the world.  Make sure you didn’t miss anything! Blog Posts Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. by Pam Velazquez A Slice of History: Moving Day by Juliana Smith Now Available on New York City Vital Records by Paul Rawlins New Content: Pennsylvania Card Index by Paul Rawlins… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: My Ancestors Changed Their Names. What Now?

Posted on January 14, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: What happens when you have relatives that came to America in the early 1900s, but through immigration their names were changed to sound/appear more “American?” Records become hard to find, before and after. Now I’m stuck in my tree?!? Thanks, Amy Olson Answer:  Oh those delightful name changes. And sometimes it wasn’t a name… Read more

Your Ancestor’s Name Was What?

Posted on January 14, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

I suspect most of us have plenty of names like John Smith or Bob Jones in our trees. But some of the names stand out just because they are a little bit different. Or maybe just fun to say. Take my 4th Great Grandfather. On his tombstone, we see the rather boring old R.M. Cash… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: January 10th Edition

Posted on January 13, 2014 in Site, Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Too cold to do anything this week?  Here is what you might have missed around the world. The 52 Ancestors Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow And The Winner of the December Branch Out Contest is… by Pam Velazquez Favorite Features in Family Tree Maker from Crista Cowan Eureka! It’s The Golden… Read more

Eureka! It’s the Golden State!

Posted on January 8, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Collections, Research

Did you know that 1 out of every 8 Americans is a Californian?  Since its admission to the Union on September 9, 1850, it has been one of the fastest growing states in population. California’s population grew from an estimated 26,000 before the Gold Rush in 1848 to just under 380,000 in the 1860 U.S. Census,… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: January 6th Edition

Posted on January 6, 2014 in Site, Reference Desk

Welcome to 2014! Before we dive into the new year, make sure you didn’t miss anything from the end of last year! Blog Posts 6 Resolutions to Get Your Family History on Track in 2014 Happy Birthday, Alaska! What You Might Have Missed in 2013 What Did You Discover in 2013? Spotlight: Three American… Read more

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus…

Posted on December 19, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Reference Desk

I bet you’ve said the phrase before, or at least heard it: “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.” In 1897,  a little girl named Virginia wrote to the New York Sun asking if there was indeed a Santa Claus.  Her father told her that if the Sun says there is one, then there is… Read more

Preserve your Photos and Documents Like an Expert!

You’ve found that image or document that reveals a great story or confirms that missing clue you needed, and you want to make sure it is saved for generations to come. What is the best way to save and preserve your images? I asked Sabrina Petersen, Director of Global Imaging here at, and she… Read more

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