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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.

Articles by Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Preserve your Photos and Documents Like an Expert!

You’ve found that image or document that reveals a great story or confirms that missing clue you needed, and you want to make sure it is saved for generations to come. What is the best way to save and preserve your images? I asked Sabrina Petersen, Director of Global Imaging here at Ancestry.com, and she… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: December 16th Edition

Posted on December 16, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Ask Ancestry Anne, Reference Desk

The holidays are upon us.  With all that going on, you very well may have missed something good in the Ancestry.com world. Let’s review! Blog Posts Ancestry.com Happy 195th (or 142nd?) Birthday, Mary Todd Lincoln! Just Released: Family Tree Maker Mac 3! Hunger Games Author’s Ties to Indiana Give Your Research As A Gift Do… Read more

Do you have Virginia ancestors like the stars of Hunger Games?

Posted on December 9, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

I love maps. Real.  Make-believe.  I was looking at the Panem map from The Hunger Games and noticed that not only are both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson’s characters from what might have been the Mid-Atlantic states, but the actors have deep roots into those areas as well. If you are doing Mid Atlantic research… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: December 9th Edition

Posted on December 9, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Reference Desk

The holidays are upon us.  With all that going on, you very well may have missed something good in the Ancestry.com world. Let’s review! Blog Posts Ancestry.com December7, 1941 Through Your Ancestors’ Eyes Sima de los Huesos Produces Another DNA Gem Collection Spotlight: Lord Viscount Morpeth’s Testimonial Roll Ask Ancestry Anne: Your Top 5 Questions… Read more

December 7, 1941 Through Your Ancestors’ Eyes

Posted on December 6, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Moments in Time

Some mornings you wake up and by the time you go to bed, you know you’ve lived through a day that will be written about in the history books.  When those days happen, I start collecting newspapers, and throw them in a box.  When the event has passed, I put the box in storage, so… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Your Top 5 Questions from 2013

Posted on December 4, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Ask Ancestry Anne

We get the most interesting questions from our members at ask@ancestry.com, and please keep those questions coming! While we can’t get to all of them, we have found some really challenging and interesting questions to share this year.  Here were your favorites: My Ancestors Don’t Want Me to Find Them This was the most popular column… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: December 2nd Edition

Posted on December 2, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Reference Desk

Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday.  With all that going on, you very well may have missed something good in the Ancestry.com world. Let’s review! Blog Posts Ancestry.com Daughters of Utah Pioneers What Kind of Beard Did Your Ancestor Sport? Thanksgivukkah and Family History Every Picture Contains a Story New Content: Vets, Criminals, Immigrants, and Engineers… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: November 25 edition

Posted on November 25, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Reference Desk

Where did last week go?  Here is what you might have missed around the Ancestry.com world. Blog Posts Ancestry.com Two Historical Anniversaries This Week Collection Spotlight: WWII United News Newsreels Ancestry.com Family History Wiki [VIDEO] Looking Back at the Assassination of President John F Kennedy in New Online Historical Record Collection Why You Need to… Read more

What We Might Have Missed: November 18th Edition

Posted on November 18, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Reference Desk

Where did last week go?  Here is what you might have missed around the Ancestry.com world. Blog Posts Ancestry.com Using the Ancestry.com Card Catalog [VIDEO] New Content: Census of Canada Index, TX Weddings, NC Cherokee, Pension Records AncestryDNA Can Take You On A Historical Adventure Ancestry.com: Inc. Hire Power Award Honoree Native American Records LIVE… Read more

Commemorate the Veterans in Your Tree on Fold3’s Honor Wall

Posted on November 11, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Military Records

If you want to find historical events from 1877 or a quick biography of George Washington or the history of the Ming Dynasty, you very well might end up on Wikipedia.   It’s free and collects a lot of information from a lot of people, many who know what they are talking about.  And because it’s based… Read more

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