Some Blended Families Are Larger Than Others. Can You Beat More Than 20 Children?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 10, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

You are probably familiar with one of TV’s most famous blended families, The Brady Bunch.  I bet many of you can sing the theme song. (And sorry if I put it in your head…I didn’t want to be alone!) And I bet if you’ve been working on your family history for even just a little… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Who Are James Myers Parents? Does AncestryDNA Help?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 1, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

Dear Ancestry Anne, I’ve been having trouble committing to the set of parents I think I found for my great-grandfather James Henry Myers. I think if I got a second opinion I trust, I’d get over being hesitant to claim this family line. I need to be sure I’m climbing the right tree. In the… Read more

On This April Fool’s Day, Tell Us Which Ancestor Made A Fool Out of You

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 1, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Holidays

There are all sorts of silly pranks that are done on April 1st. And it got me to thinking, have any of my ancestor’s played practical jokes on me? You know, left clues in strange places. Or falsified documents. Or anything that made you sigh and start talking aloud to yourself when you found it?… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: March 31st Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 31, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Degrees of Cousin-ness by Amy Johnson Crow Tired of the Snow? Welcome to the Sunshine State and the Florida Research by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Think About Going Right in Your Tree, Not Left: Women’s History Month by Anne Gillespie Mitchell The Faces Behind AncestryDNA’s Ethnicity Regions by Anna Swayne Branching Out to… Read more

Think About Going Right in Your Tree, Not Left: Women’s History Month

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 27, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Take a look at your tree.  Men to the left, women to the right. Look some more; do you spend more time on your male branches than your female branches? Women are harder to research. Maiden names can be tricky to find. And when you are bridging the 1880-1900 gap and the pre 1850 gap… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: March 24th Edition

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

Blog Posts Ancestry.com State Research Guides and Places Pages by Pam Velazquez Correcting Mistakes in Your Own Family Tree by Pam Velazquez Branching Out to Find  Three Soldiers, Three Wards, All Family by Paul Schmidt Calling All Cornhuskers! It’s the Nebraska State Research Guide by Amy Johnson Crow Something New To Try When Using Ancestry.com… Read more

Something New To Try When Using Ancestry.com in the Library

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 20, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Reference Desk

Did you know that Ancestry.com is available for free in thousands of libraries in the U.S? You can’t create a tree, or post messages on message boards. You can’t sit in your jammies and work on your family (please don’t sit in your jammies in the library!). You can’t work until 3am in the morning.… Read more

I’ve Been Told I’m Scots-Irish…Am I Irish? Am I Scottish?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 17, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Ask Ancestry Anne

What is Scots-Irish or Scotch-Irish? It generally refers to the group of about 200,000 immigrants that made their way to America in the 1700s from the Ulster province of Ireland. They were Protestants who settled in large numbers in Pennsylvania and then migrated either south into Virginia and the Carolinas or westward into Ohio, Indiana… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: March 17th, 2014

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Ask Ancestry Anne

Did you catch everything last week?  We talked of the Spanish Flu, Irish DNA and a whole variety of genealogy topics.  Make sure you didn’t miss anything! Blog Posts Ancestry.com Kiss Me: I’m Irish Too! by Juliana Smith What Do Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Have in Common? by Julie Granka Women of the West by… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne Search Tip #5: Start Small, Go Big — Using Sliders in Search

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 13, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research, Site Features

Ancestry.com has over 12 billion records and finding the ones you care about is easier when you have a few tricks at your disposal. One of the best? Filters.  Name, Location and Date. And to make those filters just a bit easier to use, we’ve added the new Sliders feature. Do you have 5 minutes?… Read more