About Kristie Wells

Kristie is Ancestry's Head of Global 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, 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 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

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

Upcoming Webinars and Events: February 2014

Posted on February 3, 2014 in Events

  Whether you catch up with us online or in person, we hope you will find the time to expand your family history knowledge. Webinars: February 4th at 10am PST: What’s New at Ancestry.com: February 2014 Edition led by Crista Cowan. She will take a quick look at the new features and tools available to help make your family… Read more

Enter To Win The Branch Out Contest: Prize Package Valued Over $3,000

Posted on February 1, 2014 in Contest

It’s February 1st and that means time to kick off Cycle 3 of the Branch Out contest where you have a chance to win one on one time with a professional genealogist, an AncestryDNA test, a one-year subscription to Ancestry.com, and a photo book from MyCanvas.   We are giving away six (6) of these great prize… Read more

Coming in February: Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014

Posted on January 20, 2014 in Events

Who Do You Think You Are? Live is back for its eighth year, taking place on February 20th-22nd at the National Hall, Olympia, London. During the three day event you can attend DNA focused workshops, ‘Ask The Expert(s)‘ specific questions related to your ancestral tree, have your family treasures checked out by expert Eric Knowles, and attend some of… Read more

What Would You Put in a Time Capsule?

Posted on January 14, 2014 in Cool Finds

In 1913, Virginia Sohlberg, President of the Ladies Aid Society, led a fundraiser where space was auctioned off inside a 100-year ‘time capsule’ in an effort to raise enough funds so her local church could purchase a new Mueller pipe organ. This project was dubbed the ‘Century Chest.’ More than 20 boxes were filled, then buried under a 12-inch slab… Read more

Upcoming Webinars and Events: January 2014

Posted on January 6, 2014 in Events

  We are kicking off the new year with an event filled January, full of educational webinars and opportunities to hear members of our team share their expertise and insights. Webinars: January 7th at 10am PST: Family History Goals for 2014 led by Crista Cowan. It’s the perfect time to set some family history goals. Share… Read more

Enter To Win The Branch Out Family History Package

Posted on December 2, 2013 in Contest

Want a professional genealogist to work on your family tree? Would you like to try the AncestryDNA test? Think a photo album highlighting your research would make a good anniversary gift? Then enter the Branch Out contest for your chance to win a Family History Package valued over $3,000 USD! We are giving away six (6) of… Read more

Daughters of Utah Pioneers

Posted on November 30, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Societies

During a recent trip to Salt Lake City, I stopped by the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers (ISDUP, DUP) and the Pioneer Memorial Museum. The Daughters of Utah Pioneers was organized 11 April 1901 in Salt Lake City when Annie Taylor Hyde, a daughter of John Taylor (president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), invited a group of… Read more

Window To The Past: Vintage Photos Blended With Modern Day Scenes

Posted on November 27, 2013 in Cool Finds

Have you ever wondered how an area might have changed over a 10, 25 or even 75 year period of time? We came across this project from Kerényi Zoltán, an architect and a photographer from Hungary, who has blended old Hungarian photography with modern day scenes to show how people and places in his country have changed… Read more