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“What’s New At Ancestry.com January 2018” 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 January 2018 video posted from Ancestry.com that is titled “What’s New At Ancestry.com January 2018”.

The video is an approximate 24 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 –  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 – None noted by Crista during this video.

>  New Databases – Canada, 16 new individual Canadian databases added to Ancestry.com (too many to name individually); 5.8 million records; variety of kinds of records; many searchable; many browseable; most in English but could have some in French for Quebec.  To find databases, go Ancestry.com or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “Canada” as search term, sort databases by “date added”, newest releases are on top of list identified as “new”.

>  New Databases – Germany, 14 new individual Germanic databases added to Ancestry.com (too many to name individually); 1.8 million records;  variety of kinds of records; many searchable ; many browseable; expect records to be in German.  To find databases, go Ancestry.com or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “Germany” as search term, sort databases by “date added”, newest releases are on top of list identified as “new”.

> New Database – United States, Montana, 4 new individual databases added to Ancestry.com (too many to name individually);  5.0 million records;  variety of kinds of records; many searchable ; many browseable; records are in English.   To find databases, go Ancestry.com or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “Montana” as search term, sort databases by “date added”, newest releases are on top of list identified as “new”.

>  New Database – U.K., Electoral Registers, 2003-2010;  65.0 million records; searchable ; transcribed records, no images of original records; can discover name, birth date, residence date, address, residence place; records are in English.  To find databases, go Ancestry.com or Library Edition, select “Search”, scroll down to “catalog”, use “Electoral Registers” as search term, sort databases by “date added”, newest releases are on top of list identified as “new”.

>  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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Good YouTube Video That Explains In Understandable Terms The Various DNA Tests For Genealogy And What They Can Do For You

Hi Everyone!

One of our participants shared a very nice YouTube video with me that can de-mystify some of the complexity about the various DNA tests that are available for  genealogical testing.

Basically, DNA testing companies offer three main DNA tests:

  • Autosomal DNA
  • Y-DNA
  • Mitochondrial DNA

We are immediately faced with which one do I choose?  They are all priced differently so we often make a choice first based on cost and not on what the test will actually do for us.

DNA can still be plenty wonky.  You will always have to deal with the scientific terms that are bandied about.  Some of you may have your eyes glaze over trying to absorb all of these DNA items.  Some of you may thrive on this material if you are already scientifically oriented.  To each their own!

The YouTube video is about 1 hour in length.  I think it can really help you gain a better understanding of the  tests and what to do with the test results.  The first 8 minutes of the video you will hear some discussions about what sounds like European research as well as some preliminary DNA science information.  The discussion of the actual DNA tests starts at about the 8 minute mark.   This topic was presented at a conference but the presenter wanted to do this YouTube video because he thought the first presentation was done in a room that must have had other competing background noise that took away from the clear sound of the presentation.

You can watch the YouTube video right here in this post below:

Give it a try.  See what you think.  I thought it was worth the watch.

A big thank you to Francis H. for sharing the YouTube video with me.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Another Example Of The Unexpected Results You Can Get When Submitting Your DNA For Genealogical Testing; Another Example Of A “Feel Good” Story

Hi Everyone!

Once again one of our participants has made me aware of a news article focusing on what can happen when you submit your DNA for genealogical testing.

Thank you Francis H. for sharing the article with me!

Sometimes the results you receive from your genealogy testing can be completely unexpected.  Which is why I keep emphasizing to those who speak to me about DNA testing that you need to be aware of possibly receiving unexpected results.  Yes, even life-changing results such as the discovery that one of your parents is not your biological father or that you discover new and unknown half-siblings.

Read the following article from the Washington Post.  Another example of a life-changing DNA genealogical test result:

December 27, 2017 Washington Post Article on Genealogical DNA Results

Make of it what you want.  These are like “perfect storm” results that can only occur when submitters for DNA do it through the same company initially.  And even if you do not submit initially to the same company, you can still make discoveries as you submit your DNA into the results base of other companies and other services.

I think we will be seeing even more of these stories because these DNA bases are growing and growing as costs for the testing keep coming down and interest in the using these services is growing as we want to make more discoveries in our own genealogical research.

Just submit your DNA for genealogical testing with your eyes open!

Enjoy the article.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers A Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG); Group Is Meeting At The Schaumburg Township District Library On Saturday January 13, 2018 From 12:45 PM To 2:45 PM

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoAncestry.com announced in December 2015 that it will be “retiring” their lineage software program Family Tree Maker.  If you are a user of the product you may be uncertain how that decision does or does not affect you as a user of Family Tree Maker.  Software MacKiev has purchased the product line from Ancestry.com and will be supporting and developing the product further into the future.

Perhaps the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) can be of immense assistance to you.  The CAGGNI group has had a Family Tree Maker SIG for quite some time.  Perhaps you did not take advantage of this resource in the past.  Perhaps now would be the time if you are in a state of confusion on all things related to Family Tree Maker lineage software.

The Family Tree Maker SIG of CAGGNI is having their next meeting on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at our own library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg,IL.  They will be meeting between 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM.

You can see details of this event in the CAGGNI Calendar of Events at:

January 13, 2018 Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI Meeting at the Schaumburg Township District Library

You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  All are welcome to attend.   I am sure if you attended and were not a member you may very well think of becoming a member of this wonderful genealogical organization.

You can also check out the CAGGNI group website itself at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Let the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI make some sense of the “retirement” of Family Tree Maker for you as a current user of the product.   Software MacKiev has purchased Family Tree Maker from Ancestry.com and will be the new developer of the product.  Family Tree Maker is still alive and kicking under a new owner and developer.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday January 13, 2018

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoHave you submitted your DNA for genealogical analysis?

Are you trying to make sense of the results you received back?

Feel like talking about it but don’t know where to turn?

Just want to make everyone aware that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) has a DNA special interest group (SIG).

I just received an email from the group indicating that their next meeting will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

This program is open to all.  You do not have to be a member of the CAGGNI group in order to participate.

Here is the text describing what will take place at this upcoming DNA SIG:

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DNA Special Interest Group

CAGGNI’s genomic genealogy group continues into its third year. This group focuses on learning the methods for analyzing DNA test results. We study topics such as autosomal DNA, mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA and surname projects, X-DNA and ancestral admixture results. We’ll also investigate third-party tools for analyzing your raw data and comparing DNA and gedcom data with test kit results from companies besides the one you tested with.

DNA can break down genealogical brick walls once thought impenetrable – but only if you know how.

The SIG will combine short 15-20 minute lectures with interactive workshop-style activities. 

Get ready to put your DNA results to work for you!

Facilitators:  Dr. David Stumpf and Alan Wilson

For more information: DNA Special Interest Group

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Consider connecting with this special interest group local to our area.  You spent good money on your DNA kits.  Why not really learn how to interpret and use your results in a real productive manner.  I am sure your testing company offers automated ways to interpret results through PowerPoint presentations or YouTube videos or maybe even person to person via customer service.  Here is your chance to discuss Genealogy DNA among fellow testers.  Learn about DNA tests that are over and above what you started with and how they can help you even more.

Learn from others, help others.

You can always visit the general website of the CAGGNI group to see what they are all about.  And I can guarantee you they are about many things genealogically speaking, including having this DNA SIG group.  You can visit CAGGNI at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

See how this CAGGNI group can help you with your DNA results.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“2018 Programs” Added As A New Page On The Blog At The Top Of The Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2018 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2018 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2018 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2018 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2018 from right within this post at:

2018 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2018!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Changed PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2016 Page Title To The Blog To Show Past Programs From 2002 To 2017

Hi Everyone!

I just changed the PAGE on the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2016  to PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2017 to reflect our historical view of genealogy programs presented at our library to now include 2017.

You will find “Pages” to this blog on the top of the homepage of the blog.  You will see pages titled “About”,  “2018 Programs”, “Previous Programs 2002 – 2017”, “Favorite Links”, “Genealogy Program Flyer”.

Just look for it at the top of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the newly updated history of our genealogy programs presented at our library covering 2002 to 2017:

2002 – 2017 Genealogy Programs Presented at the Schaumburg Township District Library

Maybe you remember a program or speaker we had at one time.  Use this page to refresh your memory.  The programs are presented in order from 2017 back to 2002.  The programs within each year are in January through December month order.

Enjoy your travel through Memory Lane as it pertains to our past library genealogy programs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library