Ask Ancestry Anne: First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage….

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on January 26, 2016 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which got me thinking about love and marriage and genealogy. Marriage records are critical in tracking our ancestors – especially our female ancestors. But all states are different in when they started recording them and what they recorded. When did my state start recording? The best answer for… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Is This Relationship Working?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 22, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: How can I tell how people are related to others in my tree? Answer: Knowing who was related to whom can help you solve mysteries in your tree. First, let me show you how to see how everyone is related to you and then how to adjust for anyone in your tree. When you… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Can I Filter My Hints?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on September 29, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Is there a way to filter the little green leafs? –Gery While there is no way to tell our hint machine what types of hints to send you, you can use the All Hints page to help you manage your hints and find the ones you are most interested in. When you are looking at… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: So Many Questions―We Have Answers

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on September 10, 2015 in Ancestry Great Adventure, Ask Ancestry Anne

We get a lot of questions here at Ancestry. And it’s not surprising. Every time you discover something new about an ancestor, it tends to lead to more questions. And we are always looking for new ways to get information to you so you can get the most out of your Ancestry experience. The latest… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: How is Confidence Computed In AncestryDNA?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 3, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: As I look at possible cousins, I see “Confidence…moderate, good” etc… What exactly is the difference? Are these matches created by DNA or similarities in family names, profiles? Kathleen Answer: When we compare your DNA to the DNA of one of your matches, we calculate a confidence score for you based on the amount… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: How Do I Find Trees?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 2, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: Are there any plans to update searching for specific public trees? —Phyllis Answer: Last month I answered a question about using and trusting other trees you find on Ancestry, which led to a lively debate to say the least!   And I’d like to suggest another article that might shed some more light on the subject:… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Can I Trust Trees?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 27, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Hello Anne, I have a question related to using other people’s family trees on Ancestry.  This is an honest question born out of some struggles! How do you know when and if their information is accurate?  Particularly when you are researching an ancestor that is new for you and the “hints” that are provided are… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: 5 Tips for Researching the Females in Your Tree

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 1, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it might be a good time to focus on the female side of your tree.  But let’s face it, women can be harder to track because they didn’t leave as many records behind.  I have a few things I try with every female in my tree when I… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Answers 5 DNA Questions

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 3, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Ask Ancestry Anne

We get a lot of questions about DNA.  Here are 5 of the most common and the answers: 1. Is it true that only men can take the test? AncestryDNA is an autosomal DNA test that tests 22 pairs of Autosomal testing allows you to find family across all lines in your family tree. That… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Where Did My People Come From?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 5, 2015 in Ask Ancestry Anne

For many of us, knowing where our ancestors came from is a primary goal.  Here are some tips on where you might start looking. 1850 – 1940 U.S. Census records. Census records list the person’s birthplace; 1880 – 1930 also list parents’ birthplace.  This is obvious place to start looking!  Make sure to check every… Read more