The video is an approximate 16 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:
Topics covered in this video by Crista are:
- Upcoming Conferences – Large conference dates for 2017 have been set. These are: February 8-11, 2017, RootsTech in Salt Lake City; May 10-13, 2017, National Genealogical Society in Raleigh, NC; June 9-11, 2017, Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA; July 23-28, 2017, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations, Orlando, FL; August 30-September 2, 2017, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Pittsburgh, PA.
- New Databases – Ancestry.com has released about 86 million new records that are identified as marriage records for a variety of states. The states identified and the date span of these records are as follows:Colorado, 1862-2006
District of Columbia 1810-1953
New Jersey 1670-1965
New York 1847-1849, 1907-1936
North Dakota 1877-1929
Florida 1823-1982(Sorry, they are not in alphabetical order on the YouTube Video)
These records have been provided to Ancestry.com from FamilySearch. The data consist of a searchable index to names but there are no links to images of the original records from within Ancestry.com.
You can expect to find the name of the person, age at marriage, marriage date, spouse name, marriage place, name of parents (these can vary).
Your best bet is to search the individual databases rather than the entirety of the Ancestry.com collection. Search the Ancestry.com card catalog using the search term of “marriage” or “marriages” to find these newly added state databases of marriages when you also look at the “Sort by Date Added” selection.
Crista did emphasize to scroll down to the end of the card catalog database description and look to see the link to FamilySearch that will take you to the FamilySearch Wikipedia entry for the database for a full description of what is all contained and what is not included. The Ancestry.com database description is basic highlighting what is contained in the database. See the FamilySearch description for a complete description.
- 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:
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.
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