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

The video is an approximate 15 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 –  Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, October 13-16, 2016, Atlanta, GA.  All major national conferences are completed for 2016.  Planning is going on for major programs for 2017 such as RootsTech, NGS, SoCal Genealogy Jamboree, FGS etc.
  • Ancestry Site – Provide feedback to Ancestry.com (not Ancestry Library Edition) on any and all things related to the site.  When you are at their site look at the top for “HELP”, click on it look for “SUPPORT”, click on it and then enter in “FEEDBACK” to search for an article on how to provide feedback.  (Here is the link for you that I already found – https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/Providing-feedback-about-Ancestry-1460088569413)
  • Ancestry Academy – New video.  “Getting Started Right: Documentation for New Genealogists” by Thomas Jones
  • New Databases – Ireland Police Gazzettes, 1861-1893This new database contains about 151,000 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 that are in print.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, criminal event type, event date and event place.
  • New Databases – Medway, Kent, Poor Law Union Records, 1836-1937This new database contains about 217,000 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, admission date to poor house, discharge date and Parish union.
  • New Databases – Bexley, Kent Electoral Registers, 1734-1965This new database contains about 3.2 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.  You can search with sub-geographical areas within Kent.  There are images associated with the indexed text results.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, residence year, residence city.
  • New Databases – California, Indian Census Index, 1928-1933This new database contains about 26,000 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 that are printed text.  You will be able to see Name of the individual, birth date, tribe.
  • New Databases – New Jersey, Episcopal Diocese of Newark Church Records, 1809-1816, 1825-1970.  This new database contains about 326,000 records.   The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  You can choose from a list of town names within the diocese to search.  It is linked to images of the original records that for the most part are handwritten.   You can discover the name of the individual, event type, event date, relatives noted in the record.
  • 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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