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

Welcome to the Mountain State: West Virginia State Research Guide

Posted on July 18, 2014 in Research

The western counties of Virginia separated from that state when it seceded in 1861. Those counties combined as West Virginia and became the 35th state on June 20, 1863. Here are 5 things you might not know about West Virginia: In 1756, the first public spa opened in Berkeley Springs. Almost 3/4 of the state… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: July 13th Edition

Posted on July 14, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com “New State Research Guide: New Hampshire” by Juliana Smith “What We Are Reading: July 11 Edition” by Amy Johnson Crow “New Sources for Black Sheep, Part 2: California Prison Records” by Amy Johnson Crow “New Sources for Black Sheep, Part 1: New York Prison Records” by Amy Johnson Crow “Today is World… Read more

Genealogy Roadtrip: Do You Brake For Cemeteries?

Posted on July 9, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

  This summer, you may venture out from behind your computer and into the sun to travel to the places that your ancestors lived and where they were buried. Cemeteries are great places to find information about your ancestors. Standing in front of the grave of those that have come before you can be a… Read more

What You Might Have Missed, July 7 Edition

Posted on July 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Who Do You Think You Are Returns to TLC on July 23rd by Kristie Wells Welcome to the Volunteer State: Tennessee State Research Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Librarians in Las Vegas: An ALA Wrap-up by Amy Johnson Crow Finding Revolutionary War Patriots by Amy Johnson Crow Cousin Connection: AncestryDNA Connects Melyssa… Read more

Welcome to the Volunteer State: Tennessee State Research Guide

Posted on July 4, 2014 in Research

On June 1, 1796, Tennessee became the 16th State admitted to the Union. Five things you might not have known about Tennessee: Before Tennessee became a state, in 1784, part of what would become the state became the State of Franklin; Franklin dissolved in 1788. Shelby County has more horses per capita than any other… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Why Can’t I Find My World War II Veterans Records?

Posted on July 2, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Military Records, Research

A question we hear a lot is: “I’ve searched and searched, but I can’t find records of my grandfather’s service in WWII. Am I doing something wrong?” Same for WWI, Korean War and Vietnam War records. You probably aren’t doing anything wrong. There’s a good chance the records may still be private or they may… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: June 30th Edition

Posted on June 30, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Murder Mysteries, Dickensian Conditions, Laughter and Tears by Brian Gallagher Welcome to the Gem State: Idaho State Research Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Francis B. Griffin Imparts The Secret To a Long Life: “You Need To Relax” by Brian Gallagher Throwback Thursday Theme: At The Movies by Amy Johnson Crow Welcome to… Read more

Welcome to the Gem State: Idaho State Research Guide

Posted on June 27, 2014 in Research

Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890 as the 43rd state. Five things you might not have known about Idaho: State law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy weighing more than 50 pounds. Hell’s Canyon is the deepest gorge in America at around 1,500 feet. Idaho has… Read more

Genealogy Roadtrip: 10 Tips for Researching at a Library or Archive

Posted on June 24, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

So where do genealogists go on vacations? The mountains? The beach?  Not a chance.  If we have our way, we go to archives, libraries, courthouses and cemeteries. Now if your family is with you and they’re not quite as obsessive about genealogy as you are (yes, oddly enough that happens), you might want to plan… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: June 23rd Edition

Posted on June 23, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Five Things About the Port of San Francisco  by Juliana Smith Welcome to the Natural State: Arkansas State Research Guide  by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Throw Thursday Theme: Family Vacations by Juliana Smith Distributed Denial of Service Attack Neutralized Quaker Migration: Why Do You Want To Leave Me by Lisa Arnold Ports Beyond… Read more