“What’s New At Ancestry.com April 2016” 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 April 2016 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com April 2016”.

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 –  National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, May 4-7, 2016, at Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Southern California Jamboree, June 2-5, 2016, Burbank, CA; IAJGS Conference, August 7-12, 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 31-Sept 3, 2016, Springfield, IL
  • Ancestry Site – “color preference” was added for backgraound of your family trees.  Look in top right corner by log-in.  Site Preference there.  Scroll down for tree color preferences.
  • Ancestry Blog – Records Preservation and Access Committee monitoring what states are threatening legislation to limit access to records.  The committee is working to represent the researchers to keep access to records unimpeded.  Video by Jan Meisels Allen on the Genealogist’s Declaration of Rights.  Sign the petition to help keep records accessible.
  • Ancestry Academy – new tutorials on “Beginning Irish” by Eileen O’Duill; “War of 1812” by David Rencher.
  • New Databases – Arizona Voter Registrations, 1874-1932This new database contains about 151,000 thousand records.  Always a good idea to browse the database description of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template to filter your search.  This database can help you find ancestors in-between the census years.  View the geographic areas contained in the database on the right side.  Only 3 of 15 Arizona counties currently represented.
  • New Databases – Baden, Germany, Lutheran Records, 1502-1985.  This new database contains about 24.3 million records in German.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  It is not linked to images of the original records.  Contact original archive holder to find where images can be looked at.  You might be charged to obtain the image.
  • New Databases – North America Family Histories, 1500-2000.  This new database contains about 4.2 million records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the date intervals of these records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data when it is available.  You can choose the letter of the alphabet you want to search within.  Good database to see if a family history might exist for a name of interest to you.
  • New Databases – Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission Index, 1647-2008.  This new database contains about 436,000 records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  This is a web-based database offered by Ancestry.com.  You will leave Ancestry.com to get further details from within this web-based database.  You can stay within Ancestry and use the text base results without seeing the image.  Images or pictures may still not be available at the website.
  • Tip From Crista – A particular database may have no connection to your research but you may still benefit from knowing about it.  As an example, there may be an Australian Outbound Passenger List database.  You may not have an Australian connection, but discovering that Outbound passenger records exists may allow you to consider to see if such records exist for the country associated with your ancestor.
  • 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 has noted on past videos 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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