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

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

What You Might Have Missed: May 12th Edition

Posted on May 12, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com I Can Take My Tree All The Way Back To Eve. How Far Does Your Matrilineal Line Go? by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Regina Carter Melds Music and Family in ‘Southern Comfort’ by Pam Velazquez Minnesota: Land of 10,000 Lakes, and Perhaps Your Ancestors?  by Juliana Smith Case Study: Census, Civil Registration, Parish… Read more

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