Crista Cowan

Crista has been doing genealogy since she was a child. She has been employed at Ancestry.com since 2004. Around here she's known as The Barefoot Genealogist. Google Twitter

The Beehive State: Utah State Research Guide

Posted by Crista Cowan on July 25, 2014 in Research

This week marks 167 years since the Mormon Pioneers entered the Great Salt Lake Valley. Here are five things you might not know about Utah: 1. The original inhabitants of Utah were Gosiute, Southern Paiute, Ute, Shoshone, and Navajo tribes. 2. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (more commonly called “Mormons”) Read More

Upcoming Ancestry.com Events: July 2014

Posted by Crista Cowan on July 2, 2014 in Events

Summer is in full swing. Family reunions and vacations. Discovering old cemeteries. Getting photos taken for those family Christmas cards. There is a lot going on around here at Ancestry.com, too. We hope you’ll make some time in your schedule to join us for some of our upcoming webinars and events. Webinars: What’s New at Read More

Upcoming Ancestry.com Events: June 2014

Posted by Crista Cowan on May 31, 2014 in Events

High school and college graduations. Weddings. Family vacations and reunions. June is a busy month for everyone. There is a lot going on around here at Ancestry.com, too. We hope you’ll make some time in your schedule to join us for some of our upcoming webinars and events. Webinars: What’s New at Ancestry.com:  June 2014 Read More

Genealogy Education: There is Excellent Help Out There

Posted by Crista Cowan on January 25, 2014 in Research

When people first become interested in family history it is easy, especially in this day and age, to do a few online searches, start building a family tree and develop the confidence that they are an expert. When they hit their first brick wall, they often go looking for assistance in the way of tutorials Read More

Favorite Features in Family Tree Maker

Posted by Crista Cowan on January 9, 2014 in Family Tree Maker

I use Family Tree Maker every single day.  There are many reasons why I love it.  I can move around my tree without having to wait for web pages to load with each new click.  I can customize my screen to show me exactly what information I want to see about each person.  I can Read More

Thanksgivukkah and Family History

Posted by Crista Cowan on November 28, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Research

Hanukkah began last night.  For the first time since 1888, the Jewish holiday coincides with Thanksgiving here in the United States. Not only that, but Thanksgivukkah will not happen for another 79,000 years.  So, families are finding unique ways to celebrate the two holidays together.  I’ve seen turkey menorahs and fall colored dreidels.  I even Read More