Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 11, 2014 in Research, Speaking

We had a great time hanging out with our members at RootsTech 2014 – talking to members, answering questions, doing demos in the booth and conference presentations.

In case you couldn’t be there to participate, I’d thought I’d share the slides from my two conference presentations:

Learning How to Tune Your Search
There is no one way to search. And varying your approach can lead to a break through or maybe just a cool new bit of information about your ancestors. See if you can’t find a new technique in here.

The second presentation I did on finding stories in Military records can be found here:

Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.


  1. I joined back in 2009 . put all my info on the computer. quit for awhile and went back. I still don’t know how to find all the work I did putting all my family on. it just upset me. I’ve trid starting over it’s not the same.

    • Trevor Thacker

      We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this, Alice. Please contact us toll free at 1-800-262-3787 and we’ll help you locate the trees attached to your account.

  2. Mary Herzog

    Thanks for posting your slideshow on tuning your Ancestry searches from RootsTech. I’m the Education chair for the Napa Valley Genealogical Society and I would like to use this material in a series of presentations. What do I need to get permission to use the slides?

    Thank you so much for your consideration.

    Mary Herzog

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