“What’s New At Ancestry.com November 2013” YouTube Video

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now a November 2013 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com November 2013”.

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:

  • October was National Family History Month.  You can catch up on all of the posts by visiting the Ancestry.com Blog.  Go to Ancestry.com.  Scroll down to bottom of the page.  Find the link for Ancestry.com Blog.  Look on the right sidebar of the blog for a category called “Family History Month” (They are not in alphabetical order, so you will have to scroll down!).  Catch up on the multitude of blog posts and the information and links within each.
  • DNA Ethnicity Estimate Updated
  • Look at the listing of “new” and “updated” databases.  Don’t just focus on the “new” ones because some of the “updated” ones may now contain more information since you previously may have used one.  So if these updated databases previously gave you data, check to see if they have more info for your research.
  • 1921 Canadian Census now available.  Contains about 8.8 million records.
  • California Death Index 1905-1939 now available.  It is an index only.  If there is something from the index of value to you, write down all of the columnar information for the ancestor.  You will not see the image of the actual record.  You can obtain the full record of information from California, but be prepared to capture the pertinent information from the information to provide to California in order to obtain the actual record.
  • Connecticut Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920, now available.
  • Ireland Census 1901 and 1911 now available.  You can search within Ancestry.com, but to see the full image you will be taken to the site of the Irish Archives.  The database is noted with the term “Web” before the title to make you aware the data is contained outside of Ancestry.com
  • Georgia World War I Service Records now available.  Can give insights into not only those that registered for the draft, but those that actually served.  If you find an ancestor in the database, make sure you look at a few records before and after the individual because there may be multiple records for individuals.

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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