I just did a quick look at YouTube and saw that there is now a October 2018 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com October 2018”.
The video is an approximate 20 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 has also mentioned in the past 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:
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>New Ancestry.com Functionality – Ancestor Hints in Green; Potential Ancestor Feature; can review the details and see the sources for what Ancestry thinks is a hint that could add a person to your family tree.
> New Ancestry.com Functionality – Ancestry DNA Match List; can now click on a map feature that will show where your matches are located. Seeing a match on the map is only conditional if the person who has submitted their DNA to Ancestry is allowing that to be shared in their account profile. Also, where there are multiple matches in a given location, you will see a circle with a number in it of those matches. cCick on the circle to open up a map and keep zooming in to see more details of locations for those in that area.
> Additions To Existing Database – New York, Death Index, 1852-1956 – Approximately 5 million records in the database. Records for the city of Buffalo have been recently added. It is a searchable database. You can find the name of the deceased, birth date (when available), death date and death place. You will also obtain the death certificate number. It is an index of names of the deceased. You will not be able to see the actual death certificate information through this database.
> Additions To Existing Database – England and Wales, Death Index, 2007-2017 – Approximately 1.8 million records. Records have been added to this database for 2016 and 2017. Transcribed records index. Did not see actual image of the index. Will be able to obtain name of deceased, birth date, death date and last residence. for town, county, country.
>Additions To Existing Database – Scotland and Northern Ireland, Death Index, 1989-2017 – Approximately 500,000 records in this database. Records have been added to this database for the years 2016 and 2017. Searchable database. No image of actual index. Transcribed contents. Will be able to obtain name of deceased, birth date (sometimes year only), death date and last residence. for town, county, country.
> Additions To Existing Database – Texas, Select County Marriage Records, 1837-2015 – Approximately 12.5 million records in this database. Records have been added to this database for the Hidalgo and Travis Counties. Searchable database. Some records have link to actual marriage record, some do not. Transcribed contents. Will be able to obtain name of groom, name of bride and maiden name, license date, marriage date, marriage place (I saw town name only).
> Additions To Existing Database – New Jersey Marriage Index, 1901-2016 – Approximately 750,000 records in this database. Many more years have been added to this database. Searchable and browseable database. Records have link to actual marriage record. Transcribed contents also. Will be able to obtain name of groom, name of bride and maiden name, license date, marriage date (I saw year only sometimes in addition to full date), marriage place (I saw town, county, state).
> Past 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.
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