The video is an approximate 26 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:
Topics covered in this video by Crista are:
- Upcoming Conferences – IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies) July 6-10, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel, www.iajgs2015.org; Ancestry Days, November 7, 2015, Raleigh, NC; Ancestry Days, November 14, 2015, Indianapolis, IN.
- Ancestry Blog Post – Ancestry.com beta site has visually changed. Visit the blog post at Announcing the New Ancestry Website. Scroll down and look for the “Try the new site Click Here” phrase. Once there you will need to be a subscriber to Ancestry.com If you enter in your information you will get connected to the new site for you to experiment with. Crista mentioned the new “Life Story” view and the new “Facts View”. Also, the sources and citations of your research are now more prominent and visible in the new site.
- 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 have been added. If you have a World Deluxe Subscription to Ancestry, you should have access to Ancestry Academy at no further cost. If you do not have such an encompassing subscription, you can subscribe to the Academy itself for an added cost. Get all the information about this new service at Ancestry from the blog post here Introducing Ancestry Academy.
- New Databases – Virginia Vital Records has been added. It contains 24 million records. Births from 1864-2014. Marriages from 1936 to 2014. Divorces from 1918 to 2014. Deaths from 1912 to 2014. Database is searchable and contains actual images of records from 1864 to 1913. Record images not present after 1913. You would need to contact Virginia Vital Records to obtain these directly from them. This is due to privacy restrictions. Much birth data back to 1864 due to high amount of delayed births that were filed over time. Virginia did not require Civil birth filings until the 1900s.
- New Databases – Lancashire Quarter Session Records and Petitions. Records from England. 1.2 million records. Court records Covers 1648 to 1908.
- New Databases – Oregon Motor Vehicle Registration data. Covers 1911 to 1946. Contains about 3.5 million records. You can find tickets that were issued as well as determine the type of car owned by an ancestor.
- New Databases – South Africa Deaths covering 1895 to 1972. Contains 2.2 million records. Not searchable. Browseable images by year and by location of towns in Cape Province South Africa. Civil death 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:
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.
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