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

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

What You Might Have Missed: April 14th Edition

Posted on April 14, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Online Trees. Root of All Evil? by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Research in the Old Line State: Maryland State Guide by Amy Johnson Crow Use England Parish Registers to Research Ancestors Pre-1837 by Abbie Lee Black Some Blended Families Are Larger Than Others. Can You Beat More Than 20 Children? by Anne Gillespie… Read more

Online Trees. Root of All Evil?

Posted on April 11, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

What a provocative title: Online Trees: The Root of All Evil? And it was an interesting panel discussion that I participated in at RootsTech 2014. So are trees the root of all evil? In a word, no. And in fact, not only are they not evil, if you are doing genealogy correctly, they must be… Read more

Some Blended Families Are Larger Than Others. Can You Beat More Than 20 Children?

Posted on April 10, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

You are probably familiar with one of TV’s most famous blended families, The Brady Bunch.  I bet many of you can sing the theme song. (And sorry if I put it in your head…I didn’t want to be alone!) And I bet if you’ve been working on your family history for even just a little… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Who Are James Myers Parents? Does AncestryDNA Help?

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

Dear Ancestry Anne, I’ve been having trouble committing to the set of parents I think I found for my great-grandfather James Henry Myers. I think if I got a second opinion I trust, I’d get over being hesitant to claim this family line. I need to be sure I’m climbing the right tree. In the… Read more

On This April Fool’s Day, Tell Us Which Ancestor Made A Fool Out of You

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Holidays

There are all sorts of silly pranks that are done on April 1st. And it got me to thinking, have any of my ancestor’s played practical jokes on me? You know, left clues in strange places. Or falsified documents. Or anything that made you sigh and start talking aloud to yourself when you found it?… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: March 31st Edition

Posted on March 31, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Degrees of Cousin-ness by Amy Johnson Crow Tired of the Snow? Welcome to the Sunshine State and the Florida Research by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Think About Going Right in Your Tree, Not Left: Women’s History Month by Anne Gillespie Mitchell The Faces Behind AncestryDNA’s Ethnicity Regions by Anna Swayne Branching Out to… Read more

Tired of the Snow? Welcome to the Sunshine State and the Florida Research Guide

Posted on March 28, 2014 in Research

It’s time for some sunshine, Florida Style! Check out our Florida State Research Guide to catch up on everything Ancestry.com has to offer on our 27th state. Florida has been a popular destination for many in it’s colorful history. The Spanish, French and English explored its lands starting in the early 1500′s, passing control of… Read more

Think About Going Right in Your Tree, Not Left: Women’s History Month

Posted on March 27, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Take a look at your tree.  Men to the left, women to the right. Look some more; do you spend more time on your male branches than your female branches? Women are harder to research. Maiden names can be tricky to find. And when you are bridging the 1880-1900 gap and the pre 1850 gap… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: March 24th Edition

Posted on March 24, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com State Research Guides and Places Pages by Pam Velazquez Correcting Mistakes in Your Own Family Tree by Pam Velazquez Branching Out to Find  Three Soldiers, Three Wards, All Family by Paul Schmidt Calling All Cornhuskers! It’s the Nebraska State Research Guide by Amy Johnson Crow Something New To Try When Using Ancestry.com… Read more