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:
Topics covered in this video by Crista are:
>Upcoming Conferences – Large conference dates for 2018 have been set. These are: Feb 28 – Mar -3, 2018, RootsTech in Salt Lake city, May 2-5, NGS, Grand Rapids, MI; May 31-June 2, 2018, So Cal Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA; Aug 6-10, 2018, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations, Warsaw, Poland; August 22-25, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Fort Wayne, Ind.
>New Ancestry Functionality – Notes Notification and Comments Capability. Look for the new icon that looks like a piece of paper signifying there is a “Note” associated with the profile header. A tree can be public but a “note” can be considered private. Notes that are public are viewable. Also look for the icon that looks like a “text bubble” you would see in an online chat. There could be a number associated with it that signifies how many comments are noted for the individual in the tree.
> New Database – New York, New York, Births, 1910-1965; 7.8 million records; Birth Records; Indexed; Searchable; Images of documents can be browsed; select the year then the borough; browse images as if it were a microfilm. Records are in English.
> New Database – Salzburg, Austria, Catholic Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1600-1930; 1.9 million records; Indexed; Searchable; Select the Parish name within a long list of towns to browse images; Select the year range of records to browse images. Select the type of church record to search. Records are in German. Can discover the name of the individual, baptism date, burial date, event location.
> New Database – Halle (Saale), Germany, Military Recruitment Lists, 1828-1888; no searchable records, only browseable; Select by year of interest from list to browse through images; Records are in German. Images are handwritten.
> New Database – Bernalillo County, New Mexico, Marriage Index, 1888- 2017; 600,000 records; Indexed; Searchable; Records are in English. Records have been extracted and transcribed; there are no images in the database.
> 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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