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

The video is an approximate 18 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 – Global Database now includes results from about 2 million contributors.  Those who submitted from a foreign country are now included in this one universal database.  Your chances of having a match have increased because all data is contained in this one database.
  • Ancestry Academy – New videos.  Short Courses for Illinois, Vermont, Massachusetts and Michigan.  “Find Your Revolutionary War Ancestor (Subscription); “City Directories: Your Guide to the Past” (Subscription); “Hidden Treasures on Ancestry.com” (Free To All)
  • New Databases – Indiana Birth Certificates, 1907-1940This new database contains about 7.1 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.  There are images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, birth date, birth place and parents.
  • New Databases – Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011This new database contains about 16.6 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.  There are images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, birth date, death place and death place.
  • New Databases – Arizona Birth Records, 1881-1948This new database contains about 68,000 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.  There are images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, birth date, birth place and relatives.  Many of the record images are handwritten especially the farther back the records are dated.
  • New Databases – Arizona, County Coroner and Death Records, 1881-1971This new database contains about 67,000 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.  There are images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, birth date, death year and death place.Many records are handwritten, especially older in time.
  • New Databases – Gloucestershire, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1974.  This new database contains about 11.6 million records.   You can select by Parliamentary division if you know that associated with an ancestor or you can search entire database.   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.   Images of the original handwritten scanned pages are provided.  Even many of the older ones are in print and easily readable.  You can discover the name of the individual, place of abode, nature of qualification to vote, location where property is and indication if there is a tenant on the premises or not.
  • New Databases – Gloucestershire, England, Prison Records, 1728-1914.  This new database contains about 235,000 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.   You can find birth year, conviction or committal date, prison place, discharge date.  Images of the original handwritten scanned pages are provided.  Even many of the older ones are in print.
  • New Databases – Gloucestershire, England, Land Tax Records, 1713-1833.  This new database contains about 1 million 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.   You can find residence year, parish, owner.  Images of the original handwritten scanned pages are provided. 
  • New Databases – Naturalization records have been added for about 20 states .  These individual new databases per state totally contain about 7.2  million records.    Search Ancestry.com Card Catalog using the term in the title field of “naturalization”.  Data added for New Mexico, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, south Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Utah, Maryland, Illinois, Michigan, Montana and Missouri. Always a good idea to browse the listing of the 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. 
  • 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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