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

The video is an approximate 23 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.; IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies) July 6-10, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – updates and recaps of “Who Do You Think You Are?” can be found at Ancestry.com if you missed an episode.  Search Ancestry blog using “Who Do You Think You Are?” search phrase.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Ancestry DNA is noting that there are “new ancestor discoveries”.  If you submitted DNA to Ancestry.com you may want to go revisit your information because approximately 30% of those that submitted DNA may discover that there are “new” discoveries you may see associated with your DNA.
  • New Databases – Pennsylvania Birth Records – 1906-1908 – About 638,000; could be more records but access is  limited by Pennsylvania due to privacy restrictions to the small year range.
  • New Databases –  Australia – World War I Service Records – 1914-1920 – About 375,000 records; indexed with images.
  • New Databases – New York Guard Service Records for both World War I and II – About 286,000 records; indexed with images.
  • New Databases – Hungary – Civil Records – 1895-1980 in Hungarian – About 472,000; indexed with no images.
  • New Databases – North Carolina Marriages – 1741-2011 – About 10.8 Million records; indexed with images; very helpful for those doing African-American research because marriages may have been forbidden for African-Americans but the records show “cohabitation” status.
  • 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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