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

The video is an approximate 28 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 – 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 – Ancestry.com has developed and made available an Ancestry app intended to be used on the new Apple Watch.  You can read the full blog post about this new available app here at Ancestry App For Apple Watch.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – the new “Beta” test site for what will be a new look for Ancestry.com has been updated with many of the suggestions that many of the “beta” testers suggested from interacting with the test site.  Good sign that Ancestry seems responsive to those that are testing out this beta site.  You can see the blog post about some of the new features unfolding at the beta site here at Ancestry Beta Site; New Developments; LifeStory and Historical Insights
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Ancestry Academy is a new tutorial resource part of Ancestry.  Many free online hour-long tutorials on various aspects of genealogy research.  Many new tutorials requiring a subscription to the resource.  Get all the information about this new service at Ancestry from the blog post here Introducing Ancestry Academy.
  • New Databases – A good amount of new World War I related databases have been introduced.  These are not in the usual record content format like surname, birth, death etc.  Instead, these databases are “diaries” from World War I.  You cannot search by name but can search by regiment, date, location etc.  Great details and insights about World War I from those that served and wrote diaries about their experience.  Covers 1914-1920.
  • New Databases –  Some additional World War II databases have been added.
  • New Databases – Canadian Imperial Service records added.
  • New Databases – Sweden Death Records covering 1899 to 1941 has been added as a database.  Consists of about 2.2 million records.
  • New Databases – Evangelical Lutheran Church Records covering 1875 to 1940 has been added as a database consisting of 2.9 million records.  It includes records from about 2,000 congregations.  Content can vary among the congregations.  All records are not in English especially if a congregation may have consisted of German members etc.  Can expect to find baptisms, marriages, deaths, funeral records, membership records,transfer records, etc.
  • 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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