“What’s New At Ancestry.com August 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 an August 2014 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com August 2014”.

The video is an approximate 28 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 – Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas August 27 – August 30, 2014); Tennessee Ancestry Library Day, September 19-20, 2014, Nashville, TN; URL Bit.ly/TALE_tickets; Oklahoma City Ancestry Day, November 7-8, 2014, Oklahoma city, OK.
  • New Content! – 75  Million new records added for 8 countries in the Ancestry databases.
  • New Data Base – Jamaican Church of England Records, 1664 – 1879.  Approximately 1,000,000 records.
  • New Data Base – Mexico Civil Registration, 1639 – 2005.  Records are broken out by individual Mexican states.  Each Mexican state is a newly added database.  Records are in Spanish.  These are image only records.  You will view images online as if a microfilm.  Many images have “marginal notes” that can provide some good clues to the lengthy text written description of the event e.g. surname of individuals could be named in these marginal notes.
  • New Data Base – Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592 – 1910; indexed data but no images associated with the indexed item.  Can obtain information on LDS film number from within description of the data for you to consider to order.  This addition has significantly increased the amount of data available online for Slovakian records available through Ancestry.  Approximately 33,000,000 records.
  • U.S. War Department Press Releases and Related Records, 1942-1945; you can find individual names as well as information on military units; easy to read because original material is typewritten.  Approximately 20,000 records.
  • 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

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