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

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

Welcome to The Natural State: Arkansas State Research Guide

Posted on June 20, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

  Arkansas was admitted to the Union in 1836 as the 25th state. Here are five things you might not know about the Natural State: Diamonds were discovered in Murfreesboro in 1906; the diamond is the official state gem. Oil was discovered near the town of Smackover in 1920; the name Smackover is a variation of “Sumac… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: June 9th Edition

Posted on June 9, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Ask Ancestry Anne: Am I Related to Daniel Boone? by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Gonna Lay This Body Down: Quaker Funerals & Burials by Lisa Arnold Ancestry Mobile App Wins Appy Award Second Year in a Row Welcome to the Magnolia State: Mississippi State Research Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Seventy Years Ago: D-Day! Did… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Am I Related to Daniel Boone?

Posted on June 8, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question:  I am trying to find link to Daniel Boone. Apparently I am related. I would be a great++++++granddaughter. I have heard a lot of oral history from my paternal grandmother. Can you help? Barbara Answer:  There may be some truth to your grandmother’s stories.  The short answer is start with your own family and… Read more

Welcome to the Magnolia State: Mississippi State Research Guide

Posted on June 6, 2014 in Research

Mississippi was the 20th state admitted to the Union in 1817. Here are 5 things you might not have known about the Magnolia State: At various times throughout history Mississippi has been under the jurisdiction of France, Spain, Britain, and the United States; don’t assume your ancestors records are stored in the state. Biloxi is… Read more

Seventy Years Ago: D-Day! Did You Know It Was Reported Early?

Posted on June 6, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Seventy years ago today, Allied forces stormed the beaches at Normandy in the D-Day invasion. But how did our ancestors learn about it? What was going on at home? On June 5th, the day before the troops landed at Normandy, the liberation of Rome was the news that greeted those who picked up the paper… Read more