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

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

Hunger Games Hometown Favorites – Katniss? Haymitch? Coriolanus Snow?

Posted on November 23, 2013 in Cool Finds

We could not wait for the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy, and thought it would be fun to map out the Districts in the movie, as if Panem actually existed. Our beloved Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson) both come from District 12, which covers areas in South Carolina… Read more

Two Historical Anniversaries This Week

Posted on November 22, 2013 in Moments in Time

  150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: November 19th President Abraham Lincoln’s iconic speech came four months after a fierce, three-day battle in July 1863 that left more than 7,000 soldiers dead and 40,000 wounded. It was delivered on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and remains… Read more

Native American Records LIVE Training

Posted on November 13, 2013 in Webinars

  Native American ancestries are some of the most challenging to prove. Join us as one of ProGenealogist’s experts, Joseph B. Shumway, leads an online training session that will give you in-depth information about researching the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole). This session is designed to be interactive! You will have the opportunity to… Read more

The Winner of the October Branch Out Contest is…

Posted on November 12, 2013 in Contest

  We would like to thank everyone for entering for the Branch Out contest last month! There were 1000s of entries submitted and some incredible stories shared. Thank you! Alliance Sweepstakes has randomly selected a name out of all the qualified entries, and the winner of the Family History prize package valued over $3,000 USD is… Heidi… Read more

For You Comic Fans: Stan Lee’s Family Tree (Autographed)

Posted on November 8, 2013 in Research

  At Comic Con in Salt Lake City this past September, one of our ProGenealogists, Paul K. Graham, CG, AG, got a special treat when he met comics genius, Stan Lee. 24 hours before that lucky moment took place…. Paul had heard Stan was making an appearance at Comic Con and would be signing memorabilia from his fans.… Read more

Using HSV-1 to Track Past Human Migrations

Posted on October 30, 2013 in AncestryDNA

While we know that we take our DNA with us when we migrate, we can also take along the DNA of any microorganisms or viruses that we’re infected with. A new study from Aaron W. Kolb and Curtis R. Brandt (Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences) and Cécile Ané (Department of Botany), all at the University… Read more