About 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

Past Articles

Browsing Records on Ancestry.com [Video]

Posted on July 25, 2013 in Searching for Records

Did you know that not all records on Ancestry.com are indexed? Even when there is an index available, sometimes it is useful to view an entire set of passenger lists or a whole neighborhood in the census to find the information you need. In this video, we share how to use the “browse” features for… Read more

Genealogy Education in 140 or Less

Posted on June 24, 2013 in Research Helps, Social Media

Every ten days or so I head on over to Tweetchat.com to host a genealogy conversation 140 characters at a time. I usually hang out there for an hour and a half or so, answering questions about a whole variety of topics – research methodologies, how to search effectively, where to find records for a… Read more

First Woman Homesteader Found At Ancestry.com and Fold3

Posted on June 18, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Professional genealogist Gail Blankenau recently solved an ongoing mystery: Who was the first woman to secure a homestead in her own right through the Homestead Act of 1862? The answer can now be revealed thanks to family history records available at both Ancestry.com and Fold3: Mary Myers, a widow, of Gage County, Nebraska. Myers applied… Read more

Six Ways to Jump Start Your Family History Research

Posted on May 24, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Research Helps, Searching for Records, Social Media

Are you brand new to genealogy and not quite sure where to start? Maybe you’ve been doing this for a while and need some inspiration to help you break through that long standing brick wall. As we head into the long weekend, I plan on spending a little time working on my own family history… Read more

New Search Results Page On Ancestry.com

Posted on May 16, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records, Site Features

Have you logged on to Ancestry.com today and done any record searching? Then you probably noticed that we made some changes overnight to the search results page. This is part of our continued effort to improve performance on the site and the load time required for key pages. This also allows us to work towards… Read more

Join Ancestry.com in Southern California for Three Days of Family History

Posted on May 14, 2013 in Events

Just starting to build your family tree? Ready to take your research skills to the next level? Trying to break through some sticky brick walls? Then you won’t want to miss the . 2013 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree Produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society June 7-9, 2013 Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, Burbank, California… Read more

Lessons in Genealogy Collaboration

Posted on March 13, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Member Connect, Research Helps

I got an Ancestry.com Message today from a woman related to a man in my family tree.  In her research she had come to a conclusion regarding the identity of his wife that was different from mine. . When was the last time you read and responded to your Ancestry.com messages? . Of course, my… Read more

From Our Families To Yours – Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 22, 2012 in Stories

Here at Ancestry.com we spend a lot of time looking at the past through genealogy records and family history research.  We spend a lot of time looking to the future, developing new technology and making plans for the business.  As we take a few days off to spend time with family and other loved ones… Read more

Honoring Our Veterans

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Content

During the Civil War fallen soldiers were often buried quickly, in the most convenient spot as battles continued and troops moved on.  Following the Civil War, many interred in these makeshift resting grounds, in the Mississippi Delta region, were moved to Memphis to be re-interred in a “designated field.”  Thus, most of the earliest burials at… Read more

AncestryDNA at the 2012 Consumer Genetics Conference

Posted on October 5, 2012 in AncestryDNA, Events

The 4th annual Consumer Genetics Conference in Boston, Massachusetts is a gathering of hundreds of thought leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs with a shared interest in the field of genetics. Our own Dr. Ken Chahine, Senior Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA, was invited to give a keynote presentation on the AncestryDNA product, how it… Read more