“What’s New At Ancestry.com February 2014” YouTube Video

Hi Everyone!

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

The video is an approximate 23 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 (Completed), “Who Do You Think You Are?” in London, England (Feb 20-22, 2014) , National Genealogical Society in Richmond, VA (May 7-10, 2014), Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA (Jun 6-8, 2014) and Ancestry Day in Philadelphia, PA on March 15, 2014
  • New Content! – 900 Million new records added for 27 new countries in the Ancestry databases (that is correct… 900 million records!).  For those personally subscribed to Ancestry.com, visit their website and look in the upper right side of the home page for a new link that says “New Global Records”.  (My comment – Sometimes I have seen the link clearly for “New Global Records” at the Ancestry.com site, sometimes I have not seen it.  I do not know why it is inconsistent in appearance?  I notice it also appears under the drop-down menu for “More” from the Ancestry.com home page.  Video noted it may “disappear” and is only there for a short time.)   (I need to see how this works or does not work for the equivalent Ancestry Library Edition product?).  (My comment, not Ancestry’s – Ancestry is looking more like FamilySearch with their World Map view for selecting records.  You will see this when you click on the link for “New Global Records”; in fact, I believe some of the new data here is the same exact data from FamilySearch; this may be evidence of the closer relationship FamilySearch is having with Ancestry.com in sharing data between the two.)
  • Ancestry.com is also developing new “Landing” pages concept that are “portals” to specific kinds of content e.g. as an example if you type in ancestry.com/immigration you will be taken to one of these “landing” places, or ancestry.com/military or ancestry.com/jewish or ancestry.com/africanamerican or ancwestry.com/newengland.  If you already know what kind of search you may want to make based on record type, these “landing” pages can get you there and focus your search on all that is categorized as that type of record. (My comment – the video was not exactly clear if the “landing pages” mentioned in the video are the only ones.   I also do not know where they are “listed” in ancestry.com for them to be discovered.)

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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