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

These Families We Inherit

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 16, 2012 in Research

With families, no matter what kind you inherit, at some point you want to announce you belong to it. I had the opportunity yesterday to spend a few minutes talking with Kaui Hart Hemmings, the author of The Descendants.  She was very candid about her family history.  That wasn’t at all surprising. I have read Read More

Everybody’s Got A Little Irish In Them

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 15, 2012 in Research

One in eight Americans claim Irish ancestry according to an American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2008. That works out to about 36 million people. But, as we approach St Patrick’s Day this weekend, I’m betting a whole lot more than that will be “getting their Irish on.”  I know I’ll Read More

Everybody Has A Mother

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 6, 2012 in Family Tree Maker, Research

Did you know that March is National Women’s History Month? This seems to fit so perfectly with what we do as genealogists. After all, half of our ancestors are women. In honor of this event, I would like to share what I plan on doing this month and invite you to join me. . Women Read More

Not All In Our Past Is Noble And Good

Posted by Crista Cowan on February 16, 2012 in Collections

Born and living in California, actor and activist George Takei was only four years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed in December of 1941. Two short months later, on February 19, 1942, in reaction to that event, President Franklin D Roosevelt issued an Executive Order that allowed approximately 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese residents to be Read More

RootsTech 2012 Has Come and Gone

Posted by Crista Cowan on February 9, 2012 in Events

I absolutely LOVE genealogy conferences. I love meeting new people and running into old friends. I love attending classes to learn new things. And, I love teaching classes where I get to watch people’s eyes light up with discovery. I love spending time in the Ancestry.com booth where I’m able to help people break through Read More

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted by Crista Cowan on January 27, 2012 in Collections, World Archives Project

Today, January 27th, is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As such, the United Nations has designated this day, each year, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, in particular, the theme is Children and the Holocaust. Over 1.5 million Jewish children, and tens of thousands of other children were murdered during the Holocaust. Read More

Got Pennsylvania Ancestors?

Posted by Crista Cowan on January 26, 2012 in Ancestry.com Wiki, Collections, Research, Website

Did you catch this week’s Ancestry LIVE broadcast? We talked about Pennsylvania Vital records. We had over 400 people who joined us live in the broadcast and the chat afterwards. And, at last check, over 2,000 of you have watched the archived video on our YouTube channel. I guess Pennsylvania records are pretty important to Read More