About Kristie Wells

Kristie is Ancestry's Head of Global Social Media and Online Support Community and is responsible for developing and managing the company's social media and social business offerings worldwide. She works with a team of community managers, genealogists and social content developers to help educate Ancestry's existing customers, inspire new family historians and expand awareness into new social audiences and communities. She has a deep love of family history and is currently trying to break through the brick wall of her Christophier line (that was supposedly French and Catalan, but it seems was really the Christopher's from Iowa) and to one day prove where the heck William Wells of Southhold, NY (b. 1608) was really born.

Past Articles

Join Us at The Angel Island Immigration Station Family History Day (2015)

Posted on July 2, 2015 in Events, In The Community

From 1910 to 1940, Angel Island (in the San Francisco Bay) was the site of an Immigration Station that functioned as the West Coast equivalent of Ellis Island. Records note about one million people went through the Angel Island Immigration Station (AIISF) and a majority of the immigrants were from Asian countries, such as China, Japan,… Read more

AncestryDNA is Now Available in Canada

Posted on June 9, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Canada

One simple DNA test opens a world of new discoveries. By combining the latest advancements in DNA science with the world’s largest online family history resource, AncestryDNA can tell all kinds of amazing stories – including yours. You might be surprised to find out how rich your ethnic roots are. The AncestryDNA test looks at more… Read more

Ode to Lou Szucs: Ancestry’s Employee Number One Retires

Posted on March 31, 2015 in Company News, In The Community

We knew this day would come. In fact, we even knew the date it would happen. But this morning it finally sunk in … Loretto Dennis (“Lou”) Szucs is officially retiring today. I am filled with mixed emotions as while I am thrilled for her to be able to spend more time with her family, her… Read more

50 Years of Maple Leaf History

Posted on February 15, 2015 in Cool Finds, Moments in Time

Today, February 15, Canada celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag. To mark this significant historic anniversary Ancestry researchers surveyed 1,000 Canadians to see how much they really know about their history. They also dug into the family histories of the key figures responsible for the Canadian flag we know today. THE SURVEY FOUND: 70% of… Read more

New Find A Grave Upload and Transcribe Beta Available

Posted on October 17, 2014 in Find A Grave

We just launched a new Upload and Transcribe beta at Find A Grave. With this new feature, you can upload a whole trips worth of cemetery headstone photos and transcribe them in either new memorials, or attach the photos easily to existing memorials. Upload Multiple Photos At Once Add a group of headstone photos to… Read more

Enter For A Chance To Win Professional Research Assistance!

Posted on September 30, 2014 in Contest

Just getting started and need help building a research plan? Hit a brick wall on your great great grandfather? Have a family myth you would like to prove or disprove? Then enter for your chance to win our Branch Out contest. The Grand Prize winner*, upon confirmation of eligibility, will receive the following prize package:   Twenty… Read more

Interview with Finding Your Roots Host Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Posted on September 23, 2014 in Celebrity, Finding Your Roots

We sat down with Henry Louis ‘Skip’ Gates recently and discussed the hit PBS show, Finding Your Roots. He shared some of the themes and story lines coming this season and it sounds like there is a little something for everyone: If you happen to be online while the episode airs, join the Ancestry and… Read more

Join Us For Find A Grave’s Community Day on October 18th!

Posted on September 22, 2014 in Find A Grave

We love the enthusiasm and support of the Find A Grave community. Thanks to you, we just surpassed 100 million photos on the site, which is an incredible milestone. Now, it might be hard to believe, but there are still hundreds of thousands of photo requests still outstanding. So we are going to host a global meetup… Read more

Behind-the-Scenes with Who Do You Think You Are? Production Crew

Posted on September 18, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

We recently sat down with Jim Albarano, Line Producer, and Vicky Bramley, Production Manager, from Shed Media US, the production company behind the hit Who Do You Think You Are? show to ask them a few questions. Jim and Vicky have a long history with Who Do You Think You Are? and they have experienced… Read more

Find A Grave Celebrates 100 Million Photos On Site!

Posted on September 11, 2014 in Find A Grave

When Jim Tipton launched FindAGrave.com in 1995, little did he know the impact the site would have over the next 19 years. What began as a site to record graves of the famous has turned into a resource to share and discover the graves of everyone from paupers to presidents. Over the years, hundreds of thousands… Read more