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 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

What You Might Have Missed: June 2nd Edition

Posted on June 2, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Don’t Miss Out: Enter For A Chance To Win Our Branch Out Contest! by Pam Velazquez Going to the Chapel and We’re Gonna Get Married. No Preacher Required by Lisa  Arnold Upcoming Ancestry.com Events: June 2014 by Crista Cowan New Wisconsin State Research Guide by Juliana Smith Honoring the Dead: What Military… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: May 27th Edition

Posted on May 27, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Remembering Cemetery Day by Paul Rawlins Turn on AMC: A Couple Family History Takeaways by Juliana Smith Finding Ocean State Ancestors: Rhode Island Research Guide by Amy Johnson Crow Throwback Thursday Theme: Mother Nature and the Weather by Juliana Smith Quaker Calendars & Dates: In Just Two Days, Tomorrow Will be Yesterday… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: May 19th Edition

Posted on May 19, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Read the Description and Improve Your Research, by Amy Johnson Crow Welcome to the Bluegrass State: Kentucky State Research Guide, by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Throwback Thursdays: Family History Style, by Juliana Smith Should You Go Fast and Far? Or Slow and Sure? by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Fancy a Pint at the Cod… Read more

Welcome to the Bluegrass State: Kentucky State Research Guide

Posted on May 16, 2014 in Research

European settlers first started moving into Kentucky in 1748, and established the first settlement, Harrodsburg, in 1774. Daniel Boone helped to open up the path for more settlers in 1775 by blazing a trail on what would become the Wilderness Road, which was the primary route through the Cumberland which led settlers into central Kentucky.… Read more

Should You Go Fast and Far? Or Slow and Sure?

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

For Mother’s Day, I wrote a post about taking your tree back as far as you can go on your matrilineal line:  I Can Take My Tree All The Way Back to Eve. How Far Does Your Matrilineal Line Go? Some who saw the headline for the post thought I meant Adam and Eve from the Bible.… Read more