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

The video is an approximate 25 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 –  Midwest African-American Genealogical Institute, July 12-14, 2016, Fort Wayne, IN; BYU Family History Conference, July 26-29, 2016, Provo, UT;  IAJGS Conference, August 7-12, 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 31-Sept 3, 2016, Springfield, IL
  • Ancestry DNA – New matching algorithm created to improve ancestor discoveries.
  • Ancestry Academy – New videos.  “Science Behind Ancestry DNA Results (Free); “Researching Railroad Workers” (Subscription); “War of 1812 Records” (Subscription)
  • New Databases – Hesse, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, 1661-1875This new database contains about 2.5 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.  Records are in German.  There are no images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, birth date, event type, event date, event place and relatives noted in search results.  Will find even more pieces of information if you open up the “View Record” link.
  • New Databases – Frankenberg, Germany, Residence Records, 1809-1928.  This new database contains about 52,000 records.  Records are in German.  Citizens in this town had to register their location and their moves, whether moving within the town or outside of the town.   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 image sets are available (not very well described as to contents, B7a bd 01 etc.!).  Or just search the entirety of the file.  Images of the original handwritten scanned pages are provided.
  • New Databases – New Mexico, Land Records of New Spain, 1692-1846.  This new database contains about 2,230 records.  Records are in Spanish.    Always a good idea to browse the listing of the categories.  Categories for this database are by different kinds of land activities.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  Searchable by keyword and not by surname.  Browse the right side of the database to see from what lists of land related groupings of information exist.  Images of the scanned handwritten pages are available to see as to what is linked to the index.
  • New Databases – U.S. Applications for Seaman’s Protection Certificates, 1916-1940.  This new database contains about 315,000 records.  Application served as a “passport” for the seaman for both ocean travel and great lakes travel in the U.S.  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.    Choose from a variety of U.S. states.  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 states.  Index results will give you Name of the person, Birth Place, Birth Date, Application Date, Application Place.  Images of the handwritten scanned pages are linked to the indexed surname.  Images are generally typed documents and may contain picture of the individual making application as well as signature.
  • New Databases – Arizona Territorial Censuses, 1864-1882.  This new database contains about 85,000 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 listing will give you a choice to select a particular Arizona Territorial Census to select to search or you search all of them.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.    Index results give the Name of the Person, Birth Year, Birth Place, and Residence Year related to the census.
  • New Databases – Arizona, County Marriage Records, 1865-1972.  This new database contains about 1.3 million records.    Always a good idea to browse the listing of the records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.    Browse right side of database to see what counties of Arizona are contained 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 birth date, affidavit or marriage date, license or marriage county, name of spouse.  Image of marriage record is linked to index item.
  • 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 12 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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