The video is an approximate 24 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 – Roots Tech 2015 and Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) (Combined Conferences), February 12 to 14, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT; National Genealogical Society (NGS) Annual Conference, May 13-16, 2015 at St. Charles, Missouri.
- New Database – Germany Birth, Marriage and Death Records. Approximately 24 new German oriented databases added under this general category. Use the Card Catalog with search term “Germany” and look at results using “most recently added” filter to see a list of these databases. Some are specific to certain areas of Germany like Berlin and Dresden. There is also an “all Germany” database in this set. Millions of records added. Berlin records cover 1874 to 1899 for births and 1874 to 1920 for marriages and deaths. Records are in German so you might want to consider using Google Translate for help.
- New Database – New York State Census 1865 has been added. For anyone doing New York state research there are many of these state censuses now available. Most other states did not do state censuses as regularly as New York has done over the years. You will find New York State Censuses for 1855, 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915 and 1925. These can remarkably fill in the gaps in between the Federal decennial years. The 1865 data base and the other New York state census files are all indexed and searchable.
- New Database – North Carolina Civil Action Court Papers 1712 to 1970. Not indexed. Images only to browse through. You can look through list of counties to select to narrow down your browsing and then look for year ranges to narrow down even further. You possibly can discover all of those interesting cases on land disputes and lawsuits that might be connected to your own ancestors.
- New Database – Liverpool, England Crew Lists 1861-1919. This database was done by the Community Archivers through Ancestry. This means the database is available to anyone to search and use without having a subscription to Ancestry.com. It is indexed and searchable.
- New Ancestry Tool – Crista noted that Ancestry has a new tool for researchers to use to make their image browsing a better experience. For database files that contain images only and are not indexed and searchable, Ancestry now has a “film strip” image tool at the bottom of the image window. Now “all” the images of the database will load and the researcher can quickly look through the film strip to see an image that might be promising like a “year” break. Previously, you had to select an image or take a guess at an image and click on it for it to load. Now you can more quickly see magnified images of the pages in the film strip to see if an image might be more relevant to your search. Click on that “film strip” image and it will load.
- 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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