Mary Ames Mitchell

 

About Mary Ames Mitchell

Expert genealogist and researcher Mary Mitchell travels the United States and Great Britain seeking stories about her ancestors. Using her degrees in Art History from Wheaton College, Graphic Design from Art Center College of Design, and Education from the University of Southern California, she compiles books, slide presentations, animations, and even ballads to pass the stories on to her children and grandchildren. She loves the detective work that genealogy involves. Her diligence has proven ancestral links through the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Jamestowne Society, and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Her latest publication, Henry’s Big Kaboom, is a children’s picture book about her Revolutionary War ancestor Henry Knox. In 1776, he led an expedition that transported 60 tons of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga to Cambridge, where George Washington waited. Mary wrote the story as a sing-along ballad to appeal to her pre-school children. Grab your ukulele and sing along. Here is a link to the YouTube trailer video. For more information on the Henry Knox Family Tree, go to Mary’s Genealogy Paraphernalia Section.

Check out Mary’s other books and assorted writings to the left.

Past Book Events, Speaking Engagements and PowerPoint Presentations

Otis Library and Museum, Otis, Massachusetts— Presentation of Henry’s Big Kaboom and Book Sale. Otis, Northborough, and Palmer are three of the some fifty-six towns along the Henry Knox Trail.

Northborough Library, Northborough, Massachusetts— Presentation of Henry’s Big Kaboom.

Palmer Library, Palmer, Massachusetts— Presentation of Henry’s Big Kaboom

Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York — Book Launch for Henry's Big Kaboom.

Henry Knox Museum/Montpelier, Thomaston, Maine — Book Launch for Henry's Big Kaboom.

Clarendon Elementary School, SFUD PowerPoint presentation to second graders on “The Mayflower Story.”

West Portal Lutheran School “The Mayflower Story.”

Alameda Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants on “How the Portuguese paved the way for the Mayflower.”

Redwood Empire Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants on “Ancient Maps: From Babylon to Boston.”

The Santa Cruz Genealogical Society on “Researching in England for The Search for My Abandoned Grandmother

San Francisco-Peninsula Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, East Bay Genealogical Society, Redwood Empire Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society on “Researching in England for The Search for My Abandoned Grandmother

South Pasadena Library. Launch of Abandoned Grandmother combined with an art showing of Leo Politi's political illustrations from 1940-1946 created for Mary's grandfather, Prynce Hopkins,’ magazine Freedom and Unity

El Marinero Chapter of NSDAR on “How to Publish a Book for Under $10”

The Santa Barbara Genealogical Society on “Researching in England for The Search for My Abandoned Grandmother

Josefa Higuera Livermore Chapter of the NSDAR and El Marinero Chapter of the NSDAR on “The Migration of our Ancestors East to West from 1600 to 2013”

San Francisco-Peninsula Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants on “The 1630 Voyage of the Lyon

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on “The History of Printing and Its Effect on the Reformation”

Marin Genealogical Society on “The English Galleon”

Vroman’s Book Store in Pasadena, California. Book launch for The Man in the Purple Cow House

Reader’s Books in Sonoma, California – Launch of The Man in the Purple Cow House and Other Tales of Eccentricity

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in San Rafael, California – Launch of The Man in the Purple Cow House and Other Tales of Eccentricity