About Kristie Wells

Kristie is Ancestry's Global Head of Social Media and Customer Engagement 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 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 we all know is really the 'Christopher' surname) and to one day prove - or disprove - the baron line of the Wells family. It shall be done.

Past Articles

And The Winner of the June Branch Out Contest is…

Posted on July 16, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

If you entered the June round of our Branch Out contest, we’d like to thank you for participating! We received thousands of responses that included some incredibly inspiring stories from our community! We have compiled all of the entries and randomly selected our next winner. That lucky person is… Robin Martin from Montana!! Robin is… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are Returns to TLC on July 23rd

Posted on July 5, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Mark your calendars, Who Do You Think You Are? returns to TLC on July 23rd at 9/8c and will feature family history journeys with Cynthia Nixon, Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lauren Graham, Kelsey Grammer, Rachel McAdams and her sister, Kayleen McAdams. Ancestry is proud to be a research partner on the show again and we’ll have insights from each episode,… Read more

Here’s To All The Fathers!

Posted on June 10, 2014 in Holidays

For many of us, our fathers are our heroes. We look to them for their support and guidance. A good father can set an example of strength, honor, sacrifice, and responsibility. We honor dads for their love and the lessons they have taught us. Join us in celebrating the fathers in your house, in your… Read more

Sir Tony Robinson Reviews Life Before World War I

Posted on June 8, 2014 in Moments in Time, Research

In this presentation, Sir Tony Robinson uses the records available today to get a better understanding of what life and times were like before World War I.   This was filmed during the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show in London, UK.

Today Marks The 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Empress of Ireland

Posted on May 29, 2014 in Moments in Time

On this day in 1914, the ocean liner sank in Saint Lawrence River and took 1,012 lives with it, making it Canada’s worst ever maritime disaster during peacetime.   One of those lost was Adjutant Nettie Beckstead. Born on October 5, 1871, she dedicated her life to helping others, working with the Salvation Army for… Read more

Ode To Mothers

Posted on May 9, 2014 in Holidays

  Happy Mother’s Day. From our family to yours.    

“Italian Stallion” Becomes “Irish-Italian Stallion” with AncestryDNA Test

Posted on April 12, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Chris DeRose is an on-air contributor and content producer for You and Me This Morning on WCIU TV in Chicago who recently took the AncestryDNA test. Growing up in a very Italian home, he was surprised to find a wee bit of Irish runs through his veins. Ancestry family historian, Michelle Ercanbrack, reviews his ethnic background noting… Read more

Enter For a Chance To Win Professional Family History Research Assistance!

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest

Even though it is April 1st, this post is no joke. Today we are kicking off Cycle 4 of the Branch Out contest - a chance at winning a prize pack that includes professional research assistance, a one-year subscription to Ancestry.com, an AncestryDNA test, and a photo book from MyCanvas.   Heidi Hall was our big winner in October, Stacy Woodley won in… Read more

Spanish Influenza: The Life Story of Patient Zero

Posted on March 11, 2014 in Moments in Time

Today, 96 years ago, Private Albert Martin Gitchell, a company cook at Camp Funston in Kansas, reported to the sick bay with the first documented case of the Spanish Influenza. Following our Core Conversation on big data and the stories we can tell from it during the SxSW conference,  we looked into the family history of… Read more

SXSW Core Conversation: How Using Big Data Can Tell Personalized Stories

Posted on March 11, 2014 in Events

Thanks to the marketers, advertisers, creatives, entrepreneurs, and engineers, etc. that joined and participated in our SXSW Interactive Core Conversation on how big data can tell personalized stories. EVP of Product at Ancestry.com, Eric Shoup, and Senior Director of Product at Tableau, Francois Ajenstat, led an engaging discussion centered on the presentation below and under that… Read more