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

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

Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1960

Posted on October 26, 2013 in Cool Finds

  Ever wondered why your mom picked the name Lisa for you? Or Michelle? Or why everyone you know born in the 1970′s is seemingly named Jennifer? Was it due to some historical event taking place during that time? Were you named after a movie star or a character in a popular TV show? Or… Read more

Meet Ed Kolenda – Winner of the Star Of Your Family Contest!

Posted on October 8, 2013 in Contest

  The old saying goes, you can’t win if you don’t enter – and Ed Kolenda can surely attest to that! Ed submitted a compelling video entry for our “Star Of Your Family contest” and subsequently, won! Ed was born 28 June 1936 in Poland, the son of Piotr “Peter” Doszyń and Joanna Jara. According to family information, both… Read more

Upcoming Events in Atlanta, New York and San Francisco!

Posted on October 2, 2013 in Events

  AARP’S LIFE@50+EVENT: ATLANTA, GA (October 3rd-5th): Several members of the Ancestry.com team are headed to Atlanta where we will be sharing tips and tricks to build your family tree as well as printing out records for various AARP members to take back home with them. The three day event schedule can be found here, and… Read more

Announcing the “Branch Out” Contest: Enter For A Chance To Win a Family History Package!

Posted on October 1, 2013 in Contest

  You asked. We listened! We are excited to announce the Branch Out contest where six (6) lucky Grand-Prize Winners will have the opportunity to work with ProGenealogists to help shape their family tree. Whether you are just starting out, or you have been building your tree for years, now is your chance to work with an… Read more

Celebrate Family History Month with Ancestry.com!

Posted on September 30, 2013 in Collections, Events, Family History Month, Research

  Each October, genealogy enthusiasts come together to celebrate ‘Family History Month’ – a time to focus on inspiring people to discover, preserve, and share their family heritage while also making new memories with loved ones. “It is only natural that we want to find out more about our ancestors, and what a better way to… Read more

The Love of Hockey Runs In The Family

Posted on September 27, 2013 in In The Community, Stories

It is great when you can find a shared passion with one of your ancestors – like when the 1940 census shows your grandfather owned a bakery and it makes sense as you love to eat cookies, or your 3x great-grandmother working as a seamstress and you happen to be handy sewing a rogue button… Read more

Jim Parsons Finds Storied Ancestors from New Orleans to Versailles

Posted on September 11, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  — and learns that remarkable men run in his family. TV star Jim Parsons has always had acting in his blood. But are there other artists in his family tree? “Are these the kind of qualities that are passed down through a family? It’s not a far reach to say they are.” To honor his… Read more

Available Now: Family Tree Maker version 2014

Posted on September 10, 2013 in Family Tree Maker

Includes updates on editing, sharing, tree viewing and TreeSync™ to make collaboration even easier. Today we are releasing the 2014 version of Family Tree Maker, our family history software that enables enthusiasts to build and organize their family tree with greater ease. This update brings features such as enhanced editing to multiple reporting options, TreeSync… Read more

Tonight on WDYTYA: Jim Parsons Discovers His Family Legacy Lives on in Paper and Stone

Posted on September 10, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Best known as brainiac Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, actor Jim Parsons has always had acting in his blood. But he wonders where it comes from — and what else was passed down along his father’s family line. On tonight’s season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? Jim travels to New… Read more