I Can Take My Tree All The Way Back To Eve. How Far Does Your Matrilineal Line Go?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 11, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

I can take my tree back to Eve along my matrilineal line. Your matrilineal line starts with your mother and follows her mother and then her mother. No, I don’t have any documentation that takes me back to Eve of Adam and Eve (I knew what you were thinking!), but I can get back to my… Read more

How I Am Related to Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

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

  On May 10, 1863, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died after being mortally wounded by his own men on May 2nd at the Battle of Chancellorsville. North and South Carolina reserve May 10 as Confederate Memorial Day in his honor.  (Many Southern states have a Confederate Memorial Day — it varies from state to state.) Now… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: How Do I Share All The Great Finds I’ve Made?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: We’ve found a couple of potential cousins and would like to share our family tree.  We’d like to know how to do this. Many thanks, Allan Davidson Answer:  Great question!  Sharing your tree, either private or public, with relatives who are not on Ancestry.com allows you to share your finds and maybe it will… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: April 28th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 28, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com How Your DNA Can Create Aha Moments by Stephen Baloglu More Than Snow and Maple Syrup: Researching in Vermont by Amy Johnson Crow Today is DNA Day! A Day of Discovery by Anna Swayne What War Did My Ancestor Serve In? by Anne Gillespie Mitchell It’s Earth Day! How Did the Earth… Read more

What War Did My Ancestor Serve In?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 23, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Military Records

You know you should look for military records for your ancestor, but what war did he serve in? Our friends over at Fold3 created this handy little infographic to use as a rule of thumb. There are exceptions to every rule, but this will get you started!   If you want to dig a little… Read more

It’s Earth Day! How Did the Earth Determine Where Your Ancestor Lived?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 22, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

I’m willing to bet at least some of your ancestors were farmers. Their livelihood, their ability to feed their children, to clothe themselves — it all depended on the earth. And it depended on the type of earth.  All soil is not created equal, and not all soil is used to grow the same things.… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: April 21st Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 21, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Probate in the United Kingdom: An Overview by Abbie Lee Black Pennsylvania Death Certificates Now Available by Amy Johnson Crow Who Dat? It’s the Bayou State: New Louisiana State Research Guide  by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past” by Juliana Smith DNA Hints — Providing More Clarity To My… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: April 14th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 14, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Online Trees. Root of All Evil? by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Research in the Old Line State: Maryland State Guide by Amy Johnson Crow Use England Parish Registers to Research Ancestors Pre-1837 by Abbie Lee Black Some Blended Families Are Larger Than Others. Can You Beat More Than 20 Children? by Anne Gillespie… Read more

Online Trees. Root of All Evil?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 11, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

What a provocative title: Online Trees: The Root of All Evil? And it was an interesting panel discussion that I participated in at RootsTech 2014. So are trees the root of all evil? In a word, no. And in fact, not only are they not evil, if you are doing genealogy correctly, they must be… Read more

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