“What’s New At Ancestry.com January 2015” 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 January 2015 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com January 2015”.

The video is an approximate 30 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 – FindAGrave Mobile App for Android.
  • Updated Product – Ancestry.com Mobile App for iOS that now has a simplified merge records function.  You can also now edit records in the merge process.
  • Updated Service – The Barefoot Genealogist (Crista Cowan)  program that is part of Ancestry.com will only be airing once per week instead of twice per week.  Program will be “live” on Tuesdays and once completed will be available at the Ancestry.com YouTube Channel for viewing.  A live viewing can be seen of Crista at 1 PM (eastern) on Tuesday via LiveStream at http://livestream.com.
  • New Database – West Yorkshire, England, Select Tax Records, 1704-1932.  Contains about 3.9 million records.  Indexed and searchable with images.
  • New Database – Oregon Biographical and Other Index Card File, 1700s to 1900s.  Contains about 185,000 records.  This is a collection of indexes to other resources where Oregon biographical may exist on particular individuals.  Searchable via index with images to cards that might contain detailed information as well as a direction to other resource on the individual.
  • New Database – Jamaica Civil Births Registration, 1878-1930.  Contains 4.5 million records.  Indexed and searchable.  Index only record information.  I did not see that actual images of the original records are available.
  • New Database – Iowa State Census, 1905.  Contains 1.4 million records.  Indexed and searchable.  Index only record information.  I did not see that actual images of the original records are available.
  • New Database – Norway Select Census, 1875.  Contains 330,000 records.  Indexed and searchable.  Database was unavailable when I was writing this.  Not sure if original images are available to see or if the text index data is only present.  Data is in Norwegian.
  • New Database – Messina, Civil Registration, Italy.  Contains 920,000 records.  Not indexed.  Records are only browseable.  Can select from a list of Italian towns in the Messina area.  Then you can select the kind of record for that town to browse.  Records are in Italian.
  • 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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