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.

9 thoughts on “Today I Take My Next Step, Into Our History With

  • September 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Maggie, good eye. There was a typo in Elizabeth’s DOB that has since been corrected. I had a comment in her record noting this, but unless you opened the file, you wouldn’t see that (a feature request I have already made to my product team) and I also realized more people could possibly copy this tree with an error in it, so I removed her until I can spend some time tracking her line more throughly.

    I updated the image accordingly.

  • July 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

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

    • September 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      mireillem10: Thank you Mireille – it was a tough decision, but it was time.

  • June 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

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

  • June 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    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. 🙂

  • June 3, 2013 at 8:15 am

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


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