Articles by Kristie Wells

[TUNE IN] Cindy Crawford Discovers How a U.S. Census Record Can Start a Journey Across Oceans and Centuries

Posted on August 27, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  International supermodel Cindy Crawford has humble roots as an “American mutt” in the Midwest, where her family has lived for generations. But she wonders about the rest of her story. Where did it begin? She starts with an intriguing family question: is she related to Ernest Hemingway through the Hemingway branch of her own… Read more

Chris O’Donnell Searches For His Father’s Lineage – Finds History of Courage, Patriotism and Devotion

Posted on August 21, 2013 in Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

  Actor Chris O’Donnell sees Who Do You Think You Are? as a chance to both honor and learn about his beloved late father, William O’Donnell, “the quintessential family man,” and his side of the family. He turns to his niece Tory, an amateur genealogist, to get started. Chris’ grandmother Sarah Regina McCabe’s baptism certificate… Read more

Hear Experts from, Fold3, and more at the Federation of Genealogical Societies

Posted on August 21, 2013 in Events, Speaking

Genealogists from around the world are converging on Fort Wayne (Indiana) for the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2013 taking place on Wednesday, August 21st, through Saturday, August 24th – and that includes several members from the, Archives, Fold3 and AncestryDNA teams. In addition to meeting our team in our booth located in the main exhibit… Read more

Using Big Data To Drive Story Telling – Our SxSW Session Needs Your VOTE

Posted on August 19, 2013 in Events, Speaking, Stories

When we think about Big Data we often envision charts, graphs and spreadsheets, but what if we could use that same data to produce detailed stories about interesting subjects or people? Increased pressure to find meaning in mounds of data—in real-time and at scale—has given rise to technology that analyzes and turns individual data points… Read more

The Blue and the Gray

Posted on August 15, 2013 in Site

Two Civil War veterans shaking hands at the 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg (1913).   What kind of rivalries have you found in your family history?       Photo Credit: Library of Congress  

Zooey Deschanel Finds Something to Believe In

Posted on August 14, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  Zooey Deschanel connects with a woman who defied convention to stand up against slavery — and is inspired to encourage the next generation of strong women. “This journey makes me want to be a better person and you can’t put a price on being inspired.”   Self-proclaimed “gung-ho” feminist Zooey Deschanel had always heard… Read more

Grandparents “Words To Live By” Contest

Posted on August 14, 2013 in Contest

What’s the one thing you want your grandkids to know? Share your best advice and you could win a free AncestryDNA Kit.   You’ve seen it all and learned a lot along the way. Now, it’s your turn to share—whether the advice is your own or was passed down to you from your parents and… Read more

Zooey Deschanel Finds Inspiration in One Woman’s Determination to Fight Slavery

Posted on August 12, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Zooey Deschanel knew her spitfire grandmother wasn’t the only strong woman in her family story. So on tonight’s all new Who Do You Think You Are? she sets out to learn more about the women in her past. Her quest takes her to Lancaster, PA — a hotbed of abolitionism in the mid-1800s — where she… Read more

It’s Back To School Time!

Posted on August 8, 2013 in In The Community

We just completed a special project in the San Francisco office today … putting together back-to-school kits consisting of pens, pencils, highlighters, post-its, and binders for 6th graders at Visitacion Valley Middle School. It is one of the many ways tries to give back to the various communities we serve, online – and off.… Read more

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