Jeanie Croasmun

Jeanie Croasmun has been working at Ancestry.com while futilely attempting to prove the horse thief story in her family history for over seven years. During that time, she learned enough about her family to determine that the story is likely a great work of fiction. But the search continues ...

Tell Us Your Story

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on May 5, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Ever since watching Sarah Jessica Parker find a link to the California Gold Rush, I’ve been hoping to find one in my family tree, too. I have family in California (some of whom show up repeatedly in marriage and divorce records) but my research says they all migrated in the 20th century. Still, each episode of Read More

Seven Great Lessons from Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on May 4, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Beyond just being entertaining, there were valuable family history lessons to be learned in the first season of Who Do You Think You Are? Here are seven of my favorites: Lesson #1.           Always verify the information. Sarah Jessica Parker’s search for family proved that not all obituaries are perfectly accurate. Her ancestor’s obituary gave a Read More

Small Details Make a Big Difference

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on March 30, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Did you catch the reference to “Joe the postman” in Matthew Broderick’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? While the moniker was mentioned in passing on the show, to researchers working with Matthew’s family history, “Joe the postman” was the key that opened up all sorts of doors.  Matthew’s grandfather’s name wasn’t entirely Read More

Getting Your Own Expert Opinion

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on March 23, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Like Lisa Kudrow, I also have family lines that lead to Eastern Europe – both of my grandmothers hail from there. I was also relatively certain that there was no way I’d find out anything about those lines once they left U.S. records. There were plenty of times I wasn’t even sure they were in Read More

Lining Up Your History

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on March 9, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

I hated history in high school, a fact that seems absurd to me today since now I’m surrounded by it. But back then, history was just a bunch of names and dates and events that had no impact on me whatsoever. Or so I thought. Age does funny things to you. Gravity aside, it’s also Read More