The video is an approximate 33 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 – Salt Lake Institute, January 10 to 15, 2016 at Salt Lake City, UT., infouga.org; RootsTech 2016, February 3-5, 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 – All Ancestry.com members will be moving to the “new” Ancestry.com on December 15, 2015.
- Ancestry Blog Post – Crista noted that in the New Ancestry that the Member Connect capability is back in Tools. You would get a notification if you and someone else share the same person and the other party makes a change to the information for that person.
- New Databases – Kentucky Divorce Records 1962-2005. Contains 516,000 searchable records. Searchable but with no images available. Contains birth year, marriage, names, divorce year, divorce location, divorce certificate number that can be used to request copies of the actual records from the county where divorce occurred.
- New Databases – English/Irish Freemason Membership Registers, 1751-1921. Searchable and with images of original records. Can often discover name of the member, when joined, with who joined, how long a member, lodge name, lodge number, lodge location, occupation, age, address. Record images look very well-written and clear. Look for any notations that might have been made to the 2-page entries.
- New Databases – Pennsylvania WW I Veterans Service Files, 1917-1919, 1934-1948. Searchable and with images. About 700,000 records. You can find birth info and birth location info of the person. Residence of the person when filing the claim and the military branch served in. Record images are typed and readable and also may contain other support documents provided by the veteran making the claim.
- New Databases – Tulare County, California Sheriff’s and Jail Records. Data is searchable and with images. Can see the name of the person, court date, age, place of record and record type. Data looks like a computer printout plus there are pages of “mugshots” associated with the page that have the inmate jail number. The computer printout shows the name of the individual, the crime, physical description of the person, fingerprint classification and miscellaneous notes. About 236,000 total records.
- New Databases – Australasia Medical Directories, 1883-1915. Searchable and browseable by year. Years are not continuous. Gaps exist. Images show an index of names within a community, their address and what the medical specialty was of the person.
- 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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