“What’s New At Ancestry.com October 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 October 2015 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com October 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 – Ancestry Days, November 7, 2015, Raleigh, NC; 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; IAJGS Conference, August 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 2016, Springfield, IL.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Ancestry.com new website available to all subscribers in the United States and is being phased in to other country subscribers such as Canada and Australia.  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.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Crista noted that in the New Ancestry that you can now show all of your events in the Life Story rather than just key default ones previously allowed.  She also noted that some of the areas where you could “Hover” your cursor over to to see a popup of further information may no longer be available like that.  You will have to “click” on the record to open up a further list of choices to select from.
  • Ancestry Blog Post – Share your EthnicityReport in Ancestry DNA.  This could spark interest in those you share it with that may lead them to want to do their own DNA submission to Ancestry DNA.
  • New Databases – check out all of the new Wills and Probate databases that have been added.  There is not just one massive database containing all of this.  Generally, you will see these on a state-by-state basis.  Search the “card catalog” with something like a state name and “wills”.  This should discover a “wills” database or “probate” database for that state.
  • Databases in General – Crista also mentioned that you may see databases within the Card Catalog that are prefaced with “Web”.  These are databases that are outside of Ancestry.com.  If you click on the link, you will be leaving the Ancestry site to access the material.
  • Databases in General – Crista also mentioned to use the right sidebar area of the screen when you have selected a particular database to search.  Here you will see “Related Data Collections” that notes names of other databases that could be helpful to you and may be related in a way to the database you are using.
  • Databases in General – Crista also mentioned that you may see databases that just note the database is an “Index”.  This means the original data has been transcribed from an original source but you will not have access to the original image of the document itself.  She suggested that if you find material in these Indexed databases, you may want to contact the source for the original records used to create the index and try to obtain an image of the original record associated with your indexed result.  There could be more in the original data that was not moved into the indexed file, plus you could also uncover transcription errors between the original record and the created indexed record.
  • 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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