About Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on 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.

Articles by Anne Gillespie Mitchell

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 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… Read more

Something New To Try When Using in the Library

Posted on March 20, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Reference Desk

Did you know that is available for free in thousands of libraries in the U.S? You can’t create a tree, or post messages on message boards. You can’t sit in your jammies and work on your family (please don’t sit in your jammies in the library!). You can’t work until 3am in the morning.… Read more

I’ve Been Told I’m Scots-Irish…Am I Irish? Am I Scottish?

Posted on March 17, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Ask Ancestry Anne

What is Scots-Irish or Scotch-Irish? It generally refers to the group of about 200,000 immigrants that made their way to America in the 1700s from the Ulster province of Ireland. They were Protestants who settled in large numbers in Pennsylvania and then migrated either south into Virginia and the Carolinas or westward into Ohio, Indiana… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: March 17th, 2014

Posted on March 17, 2014 in Site, Ask Ancestry Anne

Did you catch everything last week?  We talked of the Spanish Flu, Irish DNA and a whole variety of genealogy topics.  Make sure you didn’t miss anything! Blog Posts Kiss Me: I’m Irish Too! by Juliana Smith What Do Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Have in Common? by Julie Granka Women of the West by… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne Search Tip #5: Start Small, Go Big — Using Sliders in Search

Posted on March 13, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research, Site Features has over 12 billion records and finding the ones you care about is easier when you have a few tricks at your disposal. One of the best? Filters.  Name, Location and Date. And to make those filters just a bit easier to use, we’ve added the new Sliders feature. Do you have 5 minutes?… Read more

Ancestry Anne Visits The Peacock Gals

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

I had the pleasure of traveling to Dallas, Texas this past week and presenting to about 400 members of the Texas Daughters of the American Revolution  who identify themselves with the peacock, hence the name The Peacock Gals! And because it was the Daughters of the American Revolution, we talked genealogy. On Thursday, I walked… Read more

What You Might Have Missed — March 10th Edition

Posted on March 10, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Find a Grave Mobile App for iOS Now Available by Michael Lawless Ask Ancestry Anne: Tracing Native American Ancestry Through DNA and Good Old Fashioned Research by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Understanding Patterns of Inheritance: Where Did My DNA Come From? (And Why It Matters) by Anna Swayne Got Five Minutes? Let Us Teach… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne Search Tip #3 : Spelling Didn’t Matter To Our Ancestors — Wild Cards to the Rescue

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

Our ancestors often used a variety of spellings for their first names and surnames. You can use wildcards with the Exact filter selected to find unusual spellings of names. There are two wildcard characters: ? (question mark) : matches one character which can be anything * (asterisk) : matches 0 to N characters So if you enter… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne Search Tip #4 — Want to See Records Just from the US? The UK? Canada?

Posted on March 8, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

We have records from many countries, but sometimes you just want one.  Here is a quick fix for that. Collection Priority At the bottom of the advanced search form, you will see a box labeled Collection Priority: Change “All Collections” to the country or record type you are after. Then check the “Show only records… Read more

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