“What’s New At Ancestry.com August 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 an August 2015 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com August 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 – Ancestry Days, November 7, 2015, Raleigh, NC; Ancestry Days, November 14, 2015, Indianapolis, IN.; Salt Lake Institute, January 10 to 15, 2016 at Salt Lake City, UT., infouga.org; RootsTech 2016, February 2016 at Salt Lake City, UT; National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, May 2016, at Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Southern California Jamboree, June, 2016, Burbank, CA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 2015, Springfield, IL.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Ancestry.com beta site is still being worked.  Visit the blog post at Announcing the New Ancestry WebsiteScroll 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 that Ancestry is very appreciative of all of the feedback being provided to Ancestry from Beta users.  Look for a list of “updates” in progress appearing in the “Community Forum” that is located under the HELP menu; look for new FamilySearch icon that will allow you to integrate to that site from within Ancestry; note Responsive Design for screen size accommodations for various devices; there is now a relationship calculator working in Family Tree; general print fixes have been implemented.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Ancestry DNA has crossed the 1 million mark in submissions in the database.  Ancestry DNA is now available to users in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  The database is expected to grow even more with the addition of more and more countries in which users can submit their DNA.
  • New Databases – Kansas, Census data, 1919-1961; 13.6 million records; City and County Records; Searchable and Browseable images.
  • New Databases –  Canada Yearbooks, 1908-2010; 1.3 million records; by Province and City within Province; Searchable and Browseable.
  • New Databases – UK Apprentices Indentured in Merchant Navy, 1824-1910; 342,000 records; Searchable and Browseable; can select browseable lists of data based on dates.
  • New Databases – Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; 49.4 million records; you might find much more data about an ancestor in lieu of paying $27 for a copy of the ancestor’s Social Security Application document; could be very helpful for women’s records and the tracking of their name changes due to marriage.
  • 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

One response to ““What’s New At Ancestry.com August 2015” YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

  1. Re the New Ancestry Website. I have been using it for at least the last couple of months and like with anything else new I was hesitant. After only using it for a day or so I found it much more useful. The Lifestory time line makes it easier to see that persons interactions with their siblings, mother, father etc. Ancestry adds in some interesting facts of what was happening at that given period. Example: My 2nd great-grandmother living in Chicago, shows a drawing of a railroad strike in the U.S. in 1877 and that Chicago was one of the cities that saw the most violence. That was interesting to know. There are more reasons why I like Ancestry’s new site but this is a long enough post for now.

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