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

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

Genealogy Goals: 3rd Quarter Report

Posted on September 7, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Tree Maker, Family Trees, Member Connect, Social Media

We are headed into the last few months of 2012.  Kids are headed back to school.  Fall is in the air.  And I thought it was a good time to revisit our goals for the year.  If you remember, I shared mine at the beginning of the year.  Some of you shared yours in the… Read more

Family History All Done? What’s Your Number?

Posted on August 16, 2012 in Research Helps, Stories

I cringe every time someone says their genealogy is “all done.”  I’m a professional genealogist.  I’ve been doing this for decades, building on family history research passed down to me from a great-uncle and parents who knew what they were doing.  And I am not even close to finished.  There are still hundreds of people… Read more

1940 Census Update – Six More States Now Searchable By Name

Posted on June 29, 2012 in Company News, Content

What do Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia all have in common? Early this morning, fully indexed census records for each those six states were put online. All images for the 1940 census have been online and fully available to you since the first week of April. But, the completion of these indexes now… Read more

Seven Reasons To Share Your Family History

Posted on June 21, 2012 in MyCanvas, Social Media

In the Barefoot Genealogist broadcast this morning, I shared a few ideas for publishing your family history. The two most important things I shared had nothing at all to do with the actual process of creating the chart or book. Don’t wait until you are finished! If you wait until you are “finished” with your… Read more

Who Will You Discover In New York?

Posted on June 6, 2012 in Content

On a spring day in 1940, census taker Joseph D Donohue walked into a Manhattan neighborhood to begin his official enumeration for the 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Did he know beforehand that he would be knocking on the doors of some of the most famous people of his time to ask them some very personal… Read more

The Few. The Proud. The Marine Corps Muster Rolls.

Posted on May 24, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

In 1775 a committee of the Continental Congress met at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  They issued a resolution that called for two battalions of men to fight for independence at sea and on shore.  Thus, on 10 November 1775, the Marine Corps was born.  Since then, the Marines have fought in major and… Read more

Have You Attended A Genealogy Conference Lately?

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Events

We are nearing the end of the second day of a four day genealogy conference.  That’s four days of classes from some of the best and the brightest educators in the genealogy community.  Four days in an exhibit hall with dozens of genealogy companies, organizations and societies all talking about their latest and greatest content,… Read more