Kristie Wells

Kristie is Ancestry's Head of Global Social Media and Online 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, 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.

What Do a Heritage Site, a Pub and a Church Have in Common? All Stops on Joe Biden’s Ireland Tour.

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 25, 2016 in Celebrity, Ireland

The Vice President’s second-to-last day in Ireland was full of long drives through Ireland’s beautiful rolling green countryside of County Meath and County Louth. He and his family began the day with a tour of Newgrange, a prehistoric world heritage site built between 3000 and 2500 B.C., which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Great Read More

Joe Biden’s Kilowatt Smile

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 25, 2016 in Celebrity

The Vice President was kind enough to share some of his family photos with us and one thing is clear, not much has changed over the years with regards to his ability to light up a room with his infectious smile. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did. Keep on smiling Joe! Related Read More

Biden’s Shoe and Music Making Ancestors

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 24, 2016 in Celebrity, Ireland, Research

Joe Biden’s 2nd great-grandfather, Owen Finnegan, was a shoemaker who married Jane Boyle on 8 December 1839 in Carlingford South, County Louth, Ireland. James Finnegan, Joe’s great-grandfather, was born a year later in County Louth, Ireland and according to his Ireland Catholic Parish Register record on Ancestry, was baptized in Lordship, County Louth, Ireland on 18 December 1840. In Read More

Biden Speaks About Irish-American Connections

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 24, 2016 in Celebrity, Ireland

The Vice President spent the fourth day of his trip in Dublin, addressing the people of Ireland. That begin with remarks to the graduating Class of 2016 in the Trinity College Public Theatre before touring the Trinity College Library with his family. Notably, he had a chance to see some of the original manuscripts of Read More

Biden Returns To Dublin and Visits Kilmainham Gaol

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 23, 2016 in Celebrity, Ireland

The Vice President woke in the land of his forefathers this morning — Ireland’s County Mayo. After playing a round of golf with Taoiseach Kenny, he departed County Mayo to return to Dublin. Next, accompanied by his family, he toured local Dublin sights that included Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison where many of those who participated Read More

Biden’s Ties to The Blewitts of County Mayo

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 22, 2016 in Celebrity, Ireland, Research

Joe Biden recently visited the town of Ballina in County Mayo, Ireland – the former home of his great-great-great grandfather Edward Blewitt and his wife, Mary. Edward had trained as an engineer with the Ordnance Survey, and was employed as an overseer for the Ballina union workhouse. Ciarán Reilly, a historian at Maynooth University, notes Blewitt “gave Read More

Joe Biden Visits County Mayo in Ireland

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 22, 2016 in Celebrity, Ireland

Welcome to Day Two of the Vice President’s trip through Ireland. The Vice President woke up in Dublin this morning, and began his day with a bilateral meeting with President Michael Higgins — during which they discussed topics ranging from women’s rights, reconciliation in Northern Ireland, and the vote in the United Kingdom on its Read More

Vice President Joe Biden Touches Down in Ireland

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 21, 2016 in Celebrity, Ireland

Today, the Vice President touches down in Ireland, the land of his ancestors, for his first official visit to the country as Vice President. Upon his arrival he, his family, and staff are greeted by Charles Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, on the tarmac at Dublin International before they load into the motorcade. From there, they Read More