Jeanie Croasmun

Jeanie Croasmun has been working at while futilely attempting to prove the horse thief story in her family history for over seven years. During that time, she learned enough about her family to determine that the story is likely a great work of fiction. But the search continues ...

Maybe the Neighbors Have Clues

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on January 6, 2010 in Research

Here’s a tip: use the Member Connect tab on a census record to see who’s researching your ancestor’s neighbors. They may hold more clues about your ancestor than you realize. See, for most of the last five-ish years, I’ve been frustrated by how easy it is for some of my coworkers to grow their family Read More

Procrastinator’s Present Perfected

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on December 7, 2009 in Research

I’m not one to worry about holiday shopping until it’s too late, a little habit I picked up from my dad, a true Christmas Eve shopper if ever I’ve met one. But this year, the shopping – and the gifts – started coming a bit early. It started out initially as a challenge to see Read More

Learning. Six Feet Under.

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on October 30, 2009 in Research

Before I started working at, I thought cemeteries were creepy. Sure, they were great places for flowers and remembrance a few times a year. But if you didn’t actually know one of the residents, you definitely didn’t want to pop by.  I would have never predicted that four and a half years later, I’d Read More

How Do You Find 5,000 Cousins?

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on October 19, 2009 in Research

I can count my first cousins on one hand and still have a thumb to spare. So when author and family historian Crista Cowan told me how many living cousins she had tracked down in the course of just a handful of years, I was floored. Crista would have needed nearly 1,000 of my hands Read More

Naturally a Success!

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on February 3, 2009 in Research

It seems like I know more about everyone else’s family history than my own.  That’s how things work when you put together a magazine: you get very involved in the subject but from a third-person perspective. My own family hasn’t made it any simpler: they throw things away, forget to tell stories, and have surnames Read More

Tree Dwellers?

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on October 31, 2008 in Research

Was there ever a more perfect day than Halloween for a cemetery shot? This photo was forwarded to Ancestry magazine by subscriber, Lisbeth Schoenfeld Rogers. “I was visiting my sister in New York and I took a drive to the cemetery in Orange [New Jersey] because I have ancestors buried there by the name of Read More

Returning the Favor

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on September 19, 2008 in Research

I grew up in a family that never volunteered for anything that didn’t have a paycheck attached to it. I always attributed this to the fact that my parents were children of the Depression, and any time or money they had to spare was to be saved—just in case. Now that I have a family Read More

Why So Many Names?

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on September 10, 2008 in Research

One of my favorite parts of my job is finding history—actual, real, personal stories—in old records, even when that history doesn’t directly relate to me or my family. So while editing an article on hidden identities for the November/December issue of Ancestry Magazine, I decided to see if I could find examples of hidden identities in the records at In the article Read More