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About 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 ...

Articles by Jeanie Croasmun

See Grandpa’s Homeland – On Our Dime

Posted on February 26, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

I have this dream that one day someone will hand me the money to go on the family history trek of my choice. Not the one that takes me to Pittsburgh, to coal mines in western Pennsylvania, or to dig through a shoebox full of photos at my parents’ house in Alabama – all fantastic… Read more

Maybe the Neighbors Have Clues

Posted on January 6, 2010 in Ancestry Magazine

Here’s a tip: use the Member Connect tab on a census record to see who’s researching your ancestor’s neighbors. They may hold more clues about your ancestor than you realize. See, for most of the last five-ish years, I’ve been frustrated by how easy it is for some of my coworkers to grow their family… Read more

Procrastinator’s Present Perfected

Posted on December 7, 2009 in Ancestry Magazine

I’m not one to worry about holiday shopping until it’s too late, a little habit I picked up from my dad, a true Christmas Eve shopper if ever I’ve met one. But this year, the shopping – and the gifts – started coming a bit early. It started out initially as a challenge to see… Read more

Learning. Six Feet Under.

Posted on October 30, 2009 in Ancestry Magazine

Before I started working at Ancestry.com, I thought cemeteries were creepy. Sure, they were great places for flowers and remembrance a few times a year. But if you didn’t actually know one of the residents, you definitely didn’t want to pop by.  I would have never predicted that four and a half years later, I’d… Read more

How Do You Find 5,000 Cousins?

Posted on October 19, 2009 in Ancestry Magazine, Expert Connect

I can count my first cousins on one hand and still have a thumb to spare. So when author and family historian Crista Cowan told me how many living cousins she had tracked down in the course of just a handful of years, I was floored. Crista would have needed nearly 1,000 of my hands… Read more

From New York to California: What I learned this month

Posted on August 21, 2009 in Ancestry Magazine

I learned a lot while preparing our September/October issue of Ancestry magazine: what the house my mother was born in looks like today and how I could order a 1939 photo of it from the city of New York; what my grandparents’ experiences arriving at Ellis Island would have been like (how did a new… Read more

Naturally a Success!

Posted on February 3, 2009 in Ancestry Magazine

It seems like I know more about everyone else’s family history than my own.  That’s how things work when you put together a magazine: you get very involved in the subject but from a third-person perspective. My own family hasn’t made it any simpler: they throw things away, forget to tell stories, and have surnames… Read more

Tree Dwellers?

Posted on October 31, 2008 in Ancestry Magazine

Was there ever a more perfect day than Halloween for a cemetery shot? This photo was forwarded to Ancestry magazine by Ancestry.com subscriber, Lisbeth Schoenfeld Rogers. “I was visiting my sister in New York and I took a drive to the cemetery in Orange [New Jersey] because I have ancestors buried there by the name of… Read more

Returning the Favor

Posted on September 19, 2008 in Ancestry Magazine

I grew up in a family that never volunteered for anything that didn’t have a paycheck attached to it. I always attributed this to the fact that my parents were children of the Depression, and any time or money they had to spare was to be saved—just in case. Now that I have a family… Read more

Why So Many Names?

Posted on September 10, 2008 in Ancestry Magazine

One of my favorite parts of my job is finding history—actual, real, personal stories—in old records, even when that history doesn’t directly relate to me or my family. So while editing an article on hidden identities for the November/December issue of Ancestry Magazine, I decided to see if I could find examples of hidden identities in the records at Ancestry.com. In the article… Read more

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