Kristie Wells

Kristie is Ancestry's former Head of Global Social Media and Online Customer Engagement.

Are You a Descendant of a British Home Child?

Posted by Kristie Wells on September 8, 2016 in In The Community

From the early 1860s up to the 1970s, children who were institutionalized in ‘Homes’ across the United Kingdom were sent to countries across the British Empire (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa) to work on farms and as domestic help.  The majority of the up to 120,000 British Home children sent to Canada arrived between Read More

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 Entertainment, 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 Entertainment

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 Entertainment, 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 Entertainment, 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 Entertainment, 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 Entertainment, 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