“What’s New At Ancestry.com May 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 May 2016 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com May 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 –  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 – Enhancement to the media uploader.  Can paste to the media file.  Look at April 21, 2016 blog post for more about this.  Also enhanced the Life Story feature by adding the ability to add Facts to the Time Line.  You previously had to switch over to Facts to do this.
  • Ancestry DNA – 1.5 million participants.  Standard time for getting submitted results is 6 to 8 weeks.
  • New Databases – Sutton, Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1931-1970This new database contains about 3.8 million 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 parliamentary areas contained in the database and then choose the year of interest on the right side.  Images of documents available as nice printed pages of text with the surname of your search  highlighted in yellow.
  • New Databases – Sutton, Surrey, England, Tax Collection Rate Books, 1783-1914.  This new database contains about 320,000 records.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  It is linked to images of the original records.  Browse on the right side to see what parishes are included and then select the file of interest to you for this parish by category of tax and years covered.  Or just search the entire of the file.  Images of the original handwritten scanned pages are provided.
  • New Databases – UK , Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths From British Consulates, 1810-1968.  This new database contains about 20,000 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.  Browse the right side of the database to see from the list as to what consulates are included in this data.  Images of the scanned handwritten pages are available to see as to what is linked to the index.
  • New Databases – UK, British Army and Navy, Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960.  This new database contains about 437,000 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.  Browse the right side of the database to select from the list of sub-files contained in the information and then select from the years of data available.  Images of the handwritten scanned pages are linked to the indexed surname.  Helpful if an ancestor was in the British military and the event occurred outside of Britain.
  • New Databases – Web: Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920.  Published by the National Archives of Ireland.  This new database contains about 519,000 records.  You will leave Ancestry.com to visit the site for your search results.    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.    Index results name deceased person, date and place of death and primary beneficiary.  The web data did not seem to show much more.
  • New Databases – Sweden, Emigrants Registered in Church Books, 1783-1991.  This new database contains about 1.4 million records that are in Swedish.    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.   The index results will give you the name of the person, the date and location from which they left Sweden and the destination going.  I did not see a town level mentioned but rather a destination such as “Nord America” or “Denmark”.  You can view the transcribed text of the full record that contains more information but I did not see that you will link to an original image of the record.
  • New Databases – Crista also mentioned that were many databases added for German records.  There was no one big database file added but rather many databases containing smaller numbers of German records.  Looks like about 11 new German databases added.
  • 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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One response to ““What’s New At Ancestry.com May 2016” YouTube Video; You Can View The Video In This Blog Post

  1. Re: the outbound passenger lists. I was surprised to discover a 2d manifest document for my grandfather. It resulted only because I left the arrival date blank in the search screen.

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