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

What You Might Have Missed: April 28th Edition

Posted on April 28, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com How Your DNA Can Create Aha Moments by Stephen Baloglu More Than Snow and Maple Syrup: Researching in Vermont by Amy Johnson Crow Today is DNA Day! A Day of Discovery by Anna Swayne What War Did My Ancestor Serve In? by Anne Gillespie Mitchell It’s Earth Day! How Did the Earth… Read more

What War Did My Ancestor Serve In?

Posted on April 23, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Military Records

You know you should look for military records for your ancestor, but what war did he serve in? Our friends over at Fold3 created this handy little infographic to use as a rule of thumb. There are exceptions to every rule, but this will get you started!   If you want to dig a little… Read more

It’s Earth Day! How Did the Earth Determine Where Your Ancestor Lived?

Posted on April 22, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

I’m willing to bet at least some of your ancestors were farmers. Their livelihood, their ability to feed their children, to clothe themselves — it all depended on the earth. And it depended on the type of earth.  All soil is not created equal, and not all soil is used to grow the same things.… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: April 21st Edition

Posted on April 21, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Probate in the United Kingdom: An Overview by Abbie Lee Black Pennsylvania Death Certificates Now Available by Amy Johnson Crow Who Dat? It’s the Bayou State: New Louisiana State Research Guide  by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past” by Juliana Smith DNA Hints — Providing More Clarity To My… Read more

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