“What’s New At Ancestry.com July 2014” YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

Hi Everyone!

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

The video is an approximate 26 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 – 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! – 75  Million new records added for 17 countries in the Ancestry databases.
  • Database with Expanded Records – Pennsylvania Death Certificates 1906 – 1944 (Added Records)
  • New Data Base – U.S. Register of Civil, Military and Naval Services, 1863-1959
  • If you have a country specific subscription to Ancestry.com only (you do not have full world-wide subscription), you can always look at the card catalog for countries of interest to you to see if it is worth your while to upgrade your subscription to a worldwide access to gain access to those records from that country.
  • 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.
  • 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

2 responses to ““What’s New At Ancestry.com July 2014” YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

  1. Patricia muhlerwirth

    Hi Tony, I really need your help! How in the world does one get started with a family genealogy? I’m from the South Florida area and don’t have a clue where I can start classes. Do you have any suggestions? Anything would be greatly appreciated!! Pat Muhlerwirth

    • Hi Pat,

      The best way to start your journey of researching your family history is to just read about the process. Within our monthly Genealogy Program our library offers, I highly recommend a very good introductory “How To” genealogy book titled “Unpuzzling Your Past”. The author of the book is Emily Croom. I believe there is a 3rd or 4th edition of the book. I like the book because she provides a very basic and introductory description of the various resources and records you may be pursuing in your research. The book should be one that is available at your library or another library if yours does not carry it. It is a popular book that does not overwhelm the beginning researcher but does provide you with a nice “road map” on how to go about beginning your research.

      Start also trying to connect with your living relatives, be they older or younger than yourself. Start capturing whatever little tidbits of family history from them now while you still can. I can’t tell you how many beginning researchers approach me and say that all of their living relatives are now passed away. Capture the stories from whomever you can now. You can try to put all the pieces together as you do actual research.

      Also, become familiar with your library and what material it has in its “genealogy section”. Ask what “genealogy databases” the library offers. Consider joining a local Genealogy Society and attend its programs. Just hanging around with other genealogy researchers is a great way to learn the process. Genealogy researchers like to share their knowledge when they know someone is just beginning the process.

      Don’t try to learn the whole process in a few days. Most good researchers developed their skills over years.

      You will too.

      Keep the learning process simple or you will feel overwhelmed about all that you can do.

      The stories and information you will start to uncover will amaze you and will propel you on to learn even more.

      Most importantly… enjoy all there is about family history!

      Tony Kierna
      Genealogy Coordinator
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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