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

The video is an approximate 31 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 – 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.
  • Ancestry Blog Post –  There will be a series of blog posts within the Ancestry blog about identifying old photos from the clothing styles in pictures.  Betty Shubert is in an expert in this specialty will be creating these informative blog posts to help researchers identify photo time periods from the clothing worn by those in the picture.  Search the blog using “Betty Shubert” as your search term to find the 4 blog posts already there.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – There is a “sneak peek” blog post from Ancestry that provides visuals of what the current “beta” web site for Ancestry.com will look like in the future.  The original “sneak peek” was made available at the recently concluded Roots Tech conference.  You can see examples in the Ancestry blog post of how certain parts of the newly designed web site will look.  You can even submit yourself to be a beta tester of the site and provide information back to Ancestry on your likes/dislikes/wishes/problems.  You must be a subscriber to Ancestry.com in order to submit yourself as a beta tester.  You may have to wait until you are selected by Ancestry before you can start testing.  Here is the blog post link for the “sneak peek” http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/02/19/sneak-peak-new-ancestry-website-coming/
  • Ancestry Blog Post – The Ancestry Mobile App has been updated for iOS.  It will now allow you to actually search Ancestry.com for records.  However, from the mobile app, you are only limited to searching for birth, marriage, death and census records.  There is also an “inline” search suggestion for your timeline that prompts you to consider searching a database that may have records for your research.  See the blog post here http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/02/09/mobile-search/
  • New Databases – Gloucestershire, England resources added consisting of 5 databases with 3 million records.
  • New Databases –  Germany – 16 new databases added containing 1.2 million records.  Mainly church records.  Sometimes just indexed with no images.  Mid to late 1800s to early to mid 1900s.
  • New Databases – Canada – Quaker meeting records. Meticulous and detailed records.  1786 to 1988.
  • New Databases – United Kingdom – Royal Navy Service Records covering 1900 to 1928.
  • New Databases – Michigan Marriage Records 1867 to 1952.  Indexed and generally includes original image.  5 million 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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