Today I Take My Next Step, Into Our History With

I have been looking for a new opportunity for the last couple of weeks, and those that know me, know that I am fairly picky in regards to where I choose to invest my time. I am excited to announce that I have joined as their Director of Global Social Media and Customer Engagement. The people I will be working with were a big part of the reason I ultimately chose over other the opportunities I was exploring (more on that to follow).

It also feels like they respect (and encourage) a real work+life balance, which is something I really need to get better at.

One of my goals is to connect the global community of amateur and professional genealogists at, both internally and externally, and I feel the work I have done growing Social Media Club over the last seven years has provided the perfect experience to be successful here.

In addition to managing’s engagement strategy and social media channels, I will be working closely with Marketing, Product Management and Support to improve the service and its value for existing customers while helping more people find the joys of history through their personal family trees.

I am, however, more then just a new employee. I started building my family tree years ago and have been an avid user for the past year and a half, which makes this an amazing fit. It’s a service I know very well, and for which I am already an evangelist.


While there are still a few breaks in the lineage, it has been a blast to dig into the records and discover things like the town of Wellsburg, New York was founded by my 5th great grandfather, Abner Wells. It is a tiny little town in Chemung County, but it is our town, and I might just have to pay it a visit one day to stake my rightful claim. 🙂 I also found a long line of French relatives on my mom’s side who settled in New Orleans and probably explains the connection I feel with that city. Or it could have been the Pimm’s Cup, but I would like to believe it was the family history that drew me there.

As the journey begins today, I am looking forward to meeting the members of my new community. If you aren’t already a member, I hope you might consider joining me and the millions of others who are exploring their family histories with me.

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    Hi Kristie

    OMG I’m in shock sort of.  Congratulations Kristie on making, I’m sure, a very difficult decision.  

    It’s tough to let go of something you and your husband both created from scratch.  It’s like when your first born leaves for University, you are happy and yet sad.

    Please keep in touch.  I do want to know what you are doing and if I can ever offer some kind of support you know I will.

    Mireille Massue

    Nancy Tubbs
    Nancy Tubbs

    Congrats, Kristie! Sounds like a great deal for you and definitely for them!

    Luis Sandoval
    Luis Sandoval

    Congrats on the new venture. My family tree has always interested me, but it seems like such a daunting task that I don't even know where to begin. I'm looking forward to seeing how you can connect folks like me who are interested in finding my family with great services like Ancestry. I'm very impressed with your search and story. There's something genuinely satisfying about knowing your history and where you came from. Hey, maybe like you I too can roll into a town and say it's mine. :)

    Ben Parr
    Ben Parr

    Congrats! Now help me trace my family history! I've been meaning to do it for forever, and this is just another reminder. :)

    kristiewells moderator

    @Luis Sandoval: It can be as easy as putting in your name, your parents and your grandparents and then seeing what can bring your way. And then, when everyone gathers around the holiday table, ask questions and take notes for more color. 

    I won't lie, to build a complete, fully sourced/proven tree, does require an investment of time, but I have made it a family project and have several people adding information to make our family history more robust. I doubt it will ever be done, but finding little nuggets along the way make it worth it.