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

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

Trisha Yearwood: Calling All Winsletts

Posted on September 6, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  Trisha Yearwood’s 5th great-grandfather, Samuel Winslett, died in 1829 in Georgia, the patriarch of a large family. Our research showed that over the years he received multiple land grants in Georgia, including in 1769 before the Revolutionary War. But as we searched for Samuel Winslett in Georgia records before 1769, we did not find… Read more

What Do You Get When You Combine Cats, a Doll and Jump Rope?

Posted on September 5, 2013 in Cool Finds

We came across this ‘Playtime” photo in the Library of Congress Photo Collection and was going to add it to our ‘Cool Finds’ catalog, but think we might need to start a new one called ‘Oddities’. Based on the doll pictured here, any guess as to when this photo was taken?  

A Simple Question Sends Trisha Yearwood on a Journey Through the Turbulent Life of Her Immigrant Ancestor

Posted on September 3, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  As a country music superstar, Trisha Yearwood has sung her share of emotional songs. But on tonight’s Who Do You Think You Are? she discovers that her 5x great-grandfather’s life actually sounds like one. Trisha begins her journey with a simple question: who was the first person in her Winslett family line to set… Read more

Cindy Crawford: Turning 1,000 Hours of Research into One Hour of Television

Posted on August 28, 2013 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  How do you get from Cindy Crawford back to Charlemagne in one hour?  Things might happen fast on television, but behind the scenes, it took months to research Cindy’s tree. Only the records that were essential stepping stones could be included in her story, and a few important steps we took along the way… Read more

[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 Ancestry.com 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