Monthly Archives: May 2014

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

Hi Everyone!

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

The video is an approximate 25 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.

Crista also mentions that in addition to the monthly YouTube video she creates describing “new” things at Ancestry.com for a particular month the reader should always check the blog from Ancestry.com that you can access at:

Ancestry.com Blog

Topics covered in this video by Crista are:

  • Upcoming Conferences – Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA (Jun 6-8, 2014); International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) in Salt Lake City, UT  (July 27 – August 1, 2014); Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas August 27 – August 30, 2014).
  • New Content! – 25 Million new records added for 32 countries in the Ancestry databases.  Quaker records have been added that constitute 11 million of the 25 million records added.
  • Research Reminders #1 – Read the complete database descriptions for the newly added material to know what is contained and what is NOT contained.  Don’t just search!
  • Research Reminder #2 – Understand the records you are looking at when you are searching a newly added database.  Knowing what is there will help you create better search terms for better results.  Just create a “test” input search to see the results.
  • Research Reminder #3 – Look at the “related” data collections noted on the right side of the view of the newly created database.  This will provide you with other suggested databases to consider searching that may have a connection to the database you are looking at.
  • Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906 – 1924 – key database added this month.  This database is indexed and contains images of original documents.  Contains about 2.5 million indexed records and document images.
  • Crista spent a good time on this video noting that it is important to consider “browsing” records rather than always searching indexed databases.  Browsing databases are those that have not yet been indexed.  You cannot search these but the data as images is available for you to look through.  The data is generally subdivided into manageable viewing components.  Think of it as viewing a microfilm online.  Look at an individual database via the “Card Catalog” and look to see if it has a “Browse Box” that allows you to look at the data but not be able yet to search it.  The “browse box” implies the data is not yet indexed for direct searching.

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening May 13, 2014 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

There is no pre-registration required in order to attend the program.  There is no fee charged to attend.  Anyone can attend this program.  You do not have to be a library card holder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to attend.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, May 13, 2014:

Matt RutherfordThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Matt Rutherford. Matt will present a program titled “Using Non-Population Census Schedules”.

When genealogists refer to “the census,” we usually mean the population census, in which households are enumerated. Invaluable though these are, we short-change ourselves if don’t use all the other census information that is available for our research. If you have ancestors who were farmers, slaves, or manufacturers, you’ll want to avail yourself of the non-population census schedules. Even those Americans who had other occupations often had a farming or manufacturing business on the side. Don’t lose out on all the census has to offer.

Matt Rutherford, MLIS, is Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry Library. In addition to managing the Newberry’s renowned genealogy collection, Matt has also answered thousands of questions on a wide range of genealogy topics. He has spoken at the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Conference on Illinois History, as well as several local genealogy societies, including the North Suburban Genealogical Society, the Elgin Genealogical Society, Genealogical Forum of Elmhurst, and the Illinois St. Andrew Society.

In addition, Matt teaches seminars on a variety of genealogy topics, including beginning genealogy, researching at the Newberry Library, using respositories and archives, researching pre-fire Chicago, adoption searches, non-population census schedules, and the history of the federal census.

He is the co-author of A Bibliography of African American History at the Newberry Library (2005).

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the guest speaker’s presentation will start at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday May 24, 2014; “Rune Stones and Research”; PROGRAM IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent issue of the May 2014 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history, culture and ancestry.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during May 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

Genealogy Program And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago May 2014

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday May 24, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Rune Stones and Research”.  This program is intended for existing members of the Nordic Family Genealogy Center.  It does not appear to be open to the public or to non-members of the society.  From their website, here is a description of the program:

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GENEALOGY SESSION: RUNE STONES AND RESEARCH

Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m.

Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum will host a genealogy session on Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. Come hear about “Cracking the Runic Code: What were the Vikings thinking?” and spend some time afterwards doing your own research. This genealogy session is for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members only. RSVPs encouraged and can be made via email.

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See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of May 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library