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

The video is an approximate 32 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 – 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; Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, June 4-7, 2015, Burbank, CA, www.genealogyjamboree.com.
  • New Product – Historical Insights for iOS (not yet for Android) – A newly created iOS app from Ancestry.com explores different events throughout history that you can tie into the time of your ancestor.
  • New Appearance to Search Template – template for searching looks different.  The new appearance is being rolled out gradually so you may not yet be able to see it.  Search Filters start automatically popping up when you start entering in search terms.  Kristin has produced a video to watch about this new appearance that is on the Ancestry.com channel at YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6oY7cS5hII
  • New DNA Circles – for public trees, if you have done an Ancestry.com DNA test, your matched results are included in your tree.  Kristin also has a video on the Ancestry.com channel at YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSnGzLCgmw0 .
  • New Databases – Ancestry.com has added 11 new databases, many of which are  specific to the Oklahoma Indian Record Collection that are very helpful if your ancestral connections lead to the Five Civilized Tribes.  Some of the databases are fully indexed, some are just images that are browseable.  Some of the dates go back to 1850.  Some dates are as current as 1937.  Even if you do not have a connection to the Five Civilized Tribes, some of the data may help you if your ancestors were possibly involved in the Oklahoma Land Rush era between 1889 to 1926.  One of the files in general also covers Indian Treaties from 1722 to 1869.
  • New Database – United Kingdom World War I Service Medal and Awards Rolls, 1914-1920.  Contains 5 million records.
  • New Databases – New South Wales, Australia, Criminal Court Records, 1830-1945
  • New Database – UK Lunacy Records, 1882-1898
  • New Database – UK Criminal Lunatic Asylum Registers, 1820-1843
  • New Database – West Yorkshire (UK) Bastardy Records, 1690-1914
  • 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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