Kristie Wells

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

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

Posted by Kristie Wells on April 1, 2014 in Contest, Website

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, 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 by Kristie Wells 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 by Kristie Wells 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, 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 by Kristie Wells 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 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

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

Posted by Kristie Wells 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 by Kristie Wells on January 14, 2014 in Entertainment

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 by Kristie Wells 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 by Kristie Wells 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