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

Ask Ancestry Anne: Does My DNA Suggest Native American?

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

Question: Like many African Americans I have gone through my seventy six years believing my family was Native American, in particular Cherokee, so for my birthday I submitted my DNA to Ancestry only to find that I am anything but.   DNA = 73% African, 3% Asian, 23% European, and 1% West Asian. – Fran Answer:… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: How Do You Get Kids Involved in Genealogy?

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

Looking for new ways to get the children in your life involved in genealogy?  Are you a Civil War buff?  Or better yet, both?  If so, you might want to check out the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) program. Over 600,000 thousand soldiers died during the Civil War and this inventive program is planting a tree… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Where Is My Native American DNA?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 24, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

  Question: I recently had my DNA analyzed and was surprised when the results did not show any evidence of my Cherokee connection. My great-great-grandmother was one-fourth Cherokee (Tiptendille Tribe-TN). Would the traces of the Native American heritage be so minute that they would not be evident anymore? – Shauna   Answer: The short answer… Read more

Ancestry Weekly Roundup: November 3rd Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 3, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com What We Are Reading: October 31st Edition by Amy Johnson Crow Why Did They End Up Here: Ethnic Clusters by Amy Johnson Crow Welcome to the Silver State! Nevada State Research Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell A Brief History of Halloween. Click If You Dare!  by Brian Gallagher Bring Your Ancestors to… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: How Can I Share My Family Tree in an Interesting Way?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 29, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: How can I transfer my information from my family tree to some sort of hard copy, such as a computer printer copy ?  I would like to make copies for family members. Answer: Printing your tree out is possible from a program like Family Tree Maker, but I suggest you go with something with… Read more