The video is an approximate 17 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:
Topics covered in this video by Crista are:
- Upcoming Conferences – Oklahoma City Ancestry Day, November 7-8, 2014, Oklahoma City, OK; Roots Tech 2015 and Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) (Combined Conferences), February 12 to 14, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT.
- New Database – Birmingham, England Rate Books 1831-1913. This database can give you information about owners of property and renters of property in Birmingham, England. The value of a property is noted. Who lived at the location. Who owned the property and even what the rental amount was if it was rented out.
- New Database – FindAGrave International Indexes Updated to reflect content by Country of origin rather than just being in one large database. You can now see the magnitude of records if they exist in a country’s database. Canada shows over 2 million FindAGrave records while Sweden and Norway show only about 20,000 records in their database files.
- New Database – Canadian National Railway Immigrant Records, 1937-1960. As Canada expanded westward with population, immigrants’ information was obtained as they used the railway to move westward. You can find completed immigrant questionnaires that can contain multiple pages/images of data.
- New Database – Tennessee Valley Cemetery Relocation Files, 1933-1990. During the construction of dams in the Tennessee Valley Authority it became necessary to relocate both living individuals and those that were deceased and buried in cemeteries because flooding of old habitats was an end result of the project. There are about 400,000 records in this database of names of grave sites that were moved during this project.
- New Database – New England Select United Methodist Church Records, 1787-1922. These are select records and do not represent the totality of all the records. Can discover birth, marriage, death records and membership records of individuals in the church.
- 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:
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.
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