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

I Can Take My Tree All The Way Back To Eve. How Far Does Your Matrilineal Line Go?

Posted on May 11, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

I can take my tree back to Eve along my matrilineal line. Your matrilineal line starts with your mother and follows her mother and then her mother. No, I don’t have any documentation that takes me back to Eve of Adam and Eve (I knew what you were thinking!), but I can get back to my… Read more

How I Am Related to Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

Posted on May 10, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

  On May 10, 1863, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died after being mortally wounded by his own men on May 2nd at the Battle of Chancellorsville. North and South Carolina reserve May 10 as Confederate Memorial Day in his honor.  (Many Southern states have a Confederate Memorial Day — it varies from state to state.) Now… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: How Do I Share All The Great Finds I’ve Made?

Posted on May 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: We’ve found a couple of potential cousins and would like to share our family tree.  We’d like to know how to do this. Many thanks, Allan Davidson Answer:  Great question!  Sharing your tree, either private or public, with relatives who are not on Ancestry.com allows you to share your finds and maybe it will… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: May 5th Edition

Posted on May 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry.com New Quaker Records Tell the Stories of Our Nation’s “Friends” This Week and Always, We Remember by Juliana Smith Tattoos, Pigeon Theft and Financial Fraud: Introducing The West Yorkshire Collection AncestryDNA Database Exceeds 400,000 Genotyped Members by Anna Swayne Let Me Call Thee Sweetheart by Lisa Arnold It’s International Worker’s Day: How… Read more

Welcome to the Palmetto State: South Carolina State Research Guide

Posted on May 2, 2014 in Research Helps

South Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies; it was the first state to secede from the Union and one of the first to rejoin the Union. First explored in the 1500s by the Spanish and French it was also later settled by the English, Dutch and Scots-Irish. Charles Town, first settled in 1680… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: April 28th Edition

Posted on April 28, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com How Your DNA Can Create Aha Moments by Stephen Baloglu More Than Snow and Maple Syrup: Researching in Vermont by Amy Johnson Crow Today is DNA Day! A Day of Discovery by Anna Swayne What War Did My Ancestor Serve In? by Anne Gillespie Mitchell It’s Earth Day! How Did the Earth… Read more

What War Did My Ancestor Serve In?

Posted on April 23, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Military Records

You know you should look for military records for your ancestor, but what war did he serve in? Our friends over at Fold3 created this handy little infographic to use as a rule of thumb. There are exceptions to every rule, but this will get you started!   If you want to dig a little… Read more

It’s Earth Day! How Did the Earth Determine Where Your Ancestor Lived?

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

I’m willing to bet at least some of your ancestors were farmers. Their livelihood, their ability to feed their children, to clothe themselves — it all depended on the earth. And it depended on the type of earth.  All soil is not created equal, and not all soil is used to grow the same things.… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: April 21st Edition

Posted on April 21, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Probate in the United Kingdom: An Overview by Abbie Lee Black Pennsylvania Death Certificates Now Available by Amy Johnson Crow Who Dat? It’s the Bayou State: New Louisiana State Research Guide  by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past” by Juliana Smith DNA Hints — Providing More Clarity To My… Read more

Who Dat? It’s The Bayou State: New Louisiana State Research Guide

Posted on April 18, 2014 in Research

When you think of Louisiana do you think of New Orleans? Mardi Gras? Hurricane Katrina? Or do you think of your ancestors? Louisiana has a rich and colorful past. The Spanish, French and British fought over it for more than 300 years until the United States obtained most of the state as part of the Louisiana… Read more