“What’s New At Ancestry.com January 2014″ YouTube Video

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now a January 2014 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com January 2014″.

The video is an approximate 30 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of Ancestry.com should be aware of.

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming genealogy conferences for RootsTech and NGS and Ancestry Day in Philadelphia, PA on March 15, 2014
  • Watch for upcoming Indiana and Virginia Resource Guides in PDF format from Ancestry.com.
  • Share Your DNA Ethnicity from Ancestry via e-mail.
  • Family Tree Maker Mac 3 now available as a download or as a CD
  • “Record Hover” new feature.  Hover cursor over the database record to see what data is included in the database.  This allows you to make an educated guess as to whether the information will be helpful to you to open the record.  Today you would have to open the database itself and if the information is not helpful to you would have to close it and go back to the next record.  This is a time-saving feature incorporated by Ancestry.com to minimize your clicks.
  • Site Alert Banner is in upper right of the screen near the Help button.  Check it out to see if there is any database maintenance occurring on interested databases that may be unavailable.  Ancestry is a 24 hour operation that occasionally needs to shut down databases for maintenance.
  • New Content! – Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Draft Board for Military Duty, 1917-1918 for Select States.  The data is incomplete and mainly from Southern states.  605,000 records included.
  • New Content! – England Electoral Registers, 1840-1962 for West Yorkshire (22.5 million records)  and Surrey (10.5 million records)
  • New Content! – Georgia Marriage Records, 1828-1978.  does not cover all counties.  Check list of available counties to see if county of interest is included. (2.3 million records)
  • Web Content – 4.9 million web records added in databases that exist outside of Ancestry.com.  The word “Web” prefaces the database title.

You can view this video directly here:

Crista does an excellent job of sharing what is new at Ancestry.com that can make your use of the product even more effective and beneficial with your family history research.  She shows you via her computer screen what to look for at the Ancestry.com site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At Ancestry.com” videos on YouTube going back at least until April of 2012.  These series of videos are a great tool to use to review going back in time so you keep current with all that is being offered and added to Ancestry.com.

Here is a simple link to my search in YouTube that will give you this nice list of these videos posted to YouTube that you can do some catching up on to know about all of the new things at Ancestry.com:

“What’s New At Ancestry.com” YouTube Videos

The host does a very good job verbally describing the new additions as well as showing you the new things at Ancestry via screencasting.  That allows you to see her computer screen as she points out the various “new” things you may see at Ancestry.com and where they are located.

Because so many of us use Ancestry.com, either via a personal subscription or by using the Ancestry product at our local libraries, these YouTube videos are quite informative to keep users up to date with new features that take root on Ancestry.com.  The host provides even more depth to the importance of the change and even why it was done.

I think you will enjoy the most recent video above as well as looking at the link above for even more of these videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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