Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 14, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne
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. Darlene Romani

    I don’t know how you do it! I have been searching for a great aunt who was 11 in 1920 and then disappears off the universe. No birth records, no death, absolutely nothing. I found much about my g – grandparents (her parents) graves included but nothing nothing nothing about her after the 1920 census. UGH I am about to give up.

  2. linda lou croft hensley

    hi anne im having trouble finding info on my grandmother and her parents she was born in kansas in 1901 i know and then for some strang unknown reason three months after she was born she was adopted by the williams family and thats that i cant find any info on her birth parents any where she shows up on the census later when she married my grandpa who was a grasser her maiden name is potter i isuppose says ancestry and then she has the name of williams her adopted parents name and end of the line i get no hints or or leafs form ancestry can you help her full name is glady gertrude potter williams grasser

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