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May/June 2016 Illinois State Genealogical Society Online Newsletter Available To All; 30 Pages; Many Different Topics; Archive To Previous Newsletters From 2008-2016

Hi Everyone!

ISGS LogoJust want to let you know that the May/June 2016 Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Online Newsletter is available for you to read.  You do not need to be a member of the society in order to access this material.

You can find it here:

May/June 2016 Illinois State Genealogical Society Newsletter

Some of the things you could expect to see in this newsletter are:

  • President’s Column
  • Book Reviews
  • New Members List
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Upcoming Conference News
  • Webinars Offered by the Society
  • Governing Board Meeting Schedule
  • Calendar of Genealogy Events
  • Tips
  • Resources

Lots of good material throughout the newsletter to keep you informed on many genealogical topics applicable to the state of Illinois.  Plenty of embedded links for you to access from the PDF file of the newsletter.

You can also access the archive of previously published Illinois State Genealogical Society Newsletters from 2008-2016 at:

2008-2016 Illinois State Genealogical Society Online Newsletters

Check out the current newsletter as well as the archive of newsletters spanning 2008-2016.

You can visit the main website of the society at:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

The video is an approximate 30 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 –  Southern California Jamboree, June 2-5, 2016, Burbank, CA; IAJGS Conference, August 7-12, 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 31-Sept 3, 2016, Springfield, IL
  • Ancestry Site – Enhancement to the media uploader.  Can paste to the media file.  Look at April 21, 2016 blog post for more about this.  Also enhanced the Life Story feature by adding the ability to add Facts to the Time Line.  You previously had to switch over to Facts to do this.
  • Ancestry DNA – 1.5 million participants.  Standard time for getting submitted results is 6 to 8 weeks.
  • New Databases – Sutton, Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1931-1970This new database contains about 3.8 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.  This database can help you find ancestors in-between the census years.  View the parliamentary areas contained in the database and then choose the year of interest on the right side.  Images of documents available as nice printed pages of text with the surname of your search  highlighted in yellow.
  • New Databases – Sutton, Surrey, England, Tax Collection Rate Books, 1783-1914.  This new database contains about 320,000 records.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  It is linked to images of the original records.  Browse on the right side to see what parishes are included and then select the file of interest to you for this parish by category of tax and years covered.  Or just search the entire of the file.  Images of the original handwritten scanned pages are provided.
  • New Databases – UK , Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths From British Consulates, 1810-1968.  This new database contains about 20,000 records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the date intervals of these records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  Browse the right side of the database to see from the list as to what consulates are included in this data.  Images of the scanned handwritten pages are available to see as to what is linked to the index.
  • New Databases – UK, British Army and Navy, Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960.  This new database contains about 437,000 records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  Browse the right side of the database to select from the list of sub-files contained in the information and then select from the years of data available.  Images of the handwritten scanned pages are linked to the indexed surname.  Helpful if an ancestor was in the British military and the event occurred outside of Britain.
  • New Databases – Web: Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920.  Published by the National Archives of Ireland.  This new database contains about 519,000 records.  You will leave Ancestry.com to visit the site for your search results.    Always a good idea to browse the listing of the of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.    Index results name deceased person, date and place of death and primary beneficiary.  The web data did not seem to show much more.
  • New Databases – Sweden, Emigrants Registered in Church Books, 1783-1991.  This new database contains about 1.4 million records that are in Swedish.    Always a good idea to browse the listing of the of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.   The index results will give you the name of the person, the date and location from which they left Sweden and the destination going.  I did not see a town level mentioned but rather a destination such as “Nord America” or “Denmark”.  You can view the transcribed text of the full record that contains more information but I did not see that you will link to an original image of the record.
  • New Databases – Crista also mentioned that were many databases added for German records.  There was no one big database file added but rather many databases containing smaller numbers of German records.  Looks like about 11 new German databases added.
  • 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

May 7, 2016 Genealogy Day At The Fountaindale Public Library In Bolingbrook; Free 3-Program Online “Streaming” Available; No Registration Needed To Participate In Online “Streaming” Access

Hi Everyone!

Fountaindale LogoDebra Dudek, genealogy librarian at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, has made me aware that they will be having a Genealogy Day this Saturday, May 7, 2016 that starts at 9:30 am and lasts until 4 pm CST.  They will be offering 3 genealogy programs that day.  The day’s programs have reached on site capacity, so you cannot attend in person.

However, Debra has noted that all three program are available for “live” streaming access online for anyone that is interested in attending “online”.

You do not have to register in advance for these “streaming” sessions.  There is no cost to you to view the streaming sessions.

The overall “theme” for the day’s programs is “Hunting Down Sensational Stories”.

The three programs that will be taking place and their “start” and “end” times are:

  • Session 1 – 9:30 am to 11 am – “Using HistoryLines to Tell Your Family Story” presented by Adam Allgaier
  • Session 2 – 11:30 am to 1 pm – “Sensational Deaths and Where to Find Them” presented by Tina Beaird
  • Session 3 – 2:15 pm to 4 pm – “Tracking Infamous Ancestors in Court Records” presented by Ray Johnson

You can go directly to the webinar link on May 7, 2016 at:

May 7, 2016 Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Day Free Online “Streaming” To 3 Genealogy Programs

Also, Debra has made me aware that even if you cannot participate in the free “streaming” of these programs you will have yet another opportunity to view this material after the fact on YouTube.  Just come to the Fountaindale Genealogy Blog a few days after the program and look for access to these YouTube program videos at:

Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Blog

You will be able to then see the videos of the programs that you were not able to attend in person or participate in during the “live streaming”.

There is even more!

You can go to the Fountaindale Genealogy blog in the above link now and you will be able to access the multi-page PDF handouts for each of these programs RIGHT NOW!  So even if you cannot participate in person, or participate in live streaming or have no time to view the recorded videos after the event is over, you can still at least go now and capture the handouts for review at some convenient time for you in the future!

Sounds like you can’t lose!

Sounds very simple!

Participate in the “live” streaming on May 7, 2016.

Missed that or couldn’t then access the recorded videos on YouTube through the Fountaindale Genealogy Blog.

Thank you Debra for sharing all of this and working your magic to make this event so accessible in so many different formats!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

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

The video is an approximate 30 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 –  National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, May 4-7, 2016, at Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Southern California Jamboree, June 2-5, 2016, Burbank, CA; IAJGS Conference, August 7-12, 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 31-Sept 3, 2016, Springfield, IL
  • Ancestry Site – “color preference” was added for backgraound of your family trees.  Look in top right corner by log-in.  Site Preference there.  Scroll down for tree color preferences.
  • Ancestry Blog – Records Preservation and Access Committee monitoring what states are threatening legislation to limit access to records.  The committee is working to represent the researchers to keep access to records unimpeded.  Video by Jan Meisels Allen on the Genealogist’s Declaration of Rights.  Sign the petition to help keep records accessible.
  • Ancestry Academy – new tutorials on “Beginning Irish” by Eileen O’Duill; “War of 1812” by David Rencher.
  • New Databases – Arizona Voter Registrations, 1874-1932This new database contains about 151,000 thousand 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.  This database can help you find ancestors in-between the census years.  View the geographic areas contained in the database on the right side.  Only 3 of 15 Arizona counties currently represented.
  • New Databases – Baden, Germany, Lutheran Records, 1502-1985.  This new database contains about 24.3 million records in German.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  It is not linked to images of the original records.  Contact original archive holder to find where images can be looked at.  You might be charged to obtain the image.
  • New Databases – North America Family Histories, 1500-2000.  This new database contains about 4.2 million records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the date intervals of these records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data when it is available.  You can choose the letter of the alphabet you want to search within.  Good database to see if a family history might exist for a name of interest to you.
  • New Databases – Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission Index, 1647-2008.  This new database contains about 436,000 records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  This is a web-based database offered by Ancestry.com.  You will leave Ancestry.com to get further details from within this web-based database.  You can stay within Ancestry and use the text base results without seeing the image.  Images or pictures may still not be available at the website.
  • 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

Irish Genealogy Webinar From Fountaindale Public Library March 16, 2016 Program In Bolingbrook; Videos Only Available Until April 15, 2016; About 5 Hours Of Video Material Available; Links To Programs And Handouts Included

Hi Everyone!

Fountaindale LogoDebra Dudek, our guest speaker for our own upcoming April 12, 2016 genealogy program and librarian at the Fountaindale Public Library, has made me aware that there was a wonderful Irish Genealogy Webinar that was put together by the Fountaindale Public Library of Bolingbrook and the  Ulster Historical Foundation.

Ulster Historical Foundation LogoThe program occurred on March 16, 2016.  There was a series of 4 Irish Genealogy Programs presented by members of the Ulster Historical Foundation at the Fountaindale Library.  The 4 programs were recorded and were initially live streamed on the day of the presentation.  The 4 recorded programs are available for viewing BUT ONLY UNTIL APRIL 15, 2016.

Just as important is the fact that a full set of downloadable handouts from these 4 programs is also available for you to access up until April 15, 2016.  You can access these handouts here:

Researching Irish Ancestors – An Introduction (2016)
National Library of Ireland Guide to Family History
National Archives of Ireland General Guide
National Archives of Ireland Help Notes
Ulster Historical Foundation – Historical_Timeline
Timeline for the Plantation of Ulster
PRONI Guides to Family History
PRONI Guides to Local History
PRONI Guides to Emigration

Here are the titles of these four programs:

  • Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research Parts 1 and 2
  • Using Land Records: Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe and Estate Records
  • Census Substitutes and Other Important Sources for the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries and Records Related to the Different Churches in Ireland (2 Programs in this Session)
  • Sources for Finding Seventeenth Century Families in Ireland

You can connect to all these programs via the Fountaindale Public Library  Genealogy Blog at:

March 16, 2016 Irish Genealogy Webinar Videos from the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL

I started watching one of the videos and it had a long introduction of music playing.  Video loaded fine and video started fine.

If you have Irish ancestors here is a chance within a short timeframe to view these presentations from members of the Ulster Historical Foundation.  Remember, they are only available for viewing until April 15, 2016.

Enjoy the videos while they last!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

New Season Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Starts On Sunday Evening, April 3, 2016, At 8 PM Central Time On TLC; Check TLC Website For Show Information

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that the new season for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be starting on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, April 3, 2016, at 8 PM Central time.

Previously, when the show was on NBC, they dedicated a portion of their website to the show so that you could always get updates on the show.  TLC appears to be doing the same for this show as it unfolds during this season.  You can find the information for the show on TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Website At TLC

Six of the “stars” have been identified for this season.  Here are the six”stars” identified so far from a Dick Eastman Online Newsletter blog post that will appear on the show during the  run for the season on TLC.  The order is alphabetical and does not represent the order of the shows as they appear to the best of my knowledge:

  • Scott Foley
  • Lea Michele
  • Chris Noth
  • Molly Ringwald
  • Katy Sagal
  • Aisha Tyler

According to the TLC website for the show, the premiere episode for this new season will feature Aisha Tyler.

When a new season starts, TLC often shows the previous season’s shows as a refresher prior to the start of the new season episodes.  According to the TLC website under their schedule link for April 3, 2016 programs, it notes there is a mini-marathon of five previously aired “Who Do You Think You Are Episodes?” that will be presented on TLC from 2 PM to 7 PM Central Time.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch this season’s new shows in their original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)  Last year if you did not watch the original airing or did not DVR the show, your alternative was to purchase a copy from iTunes to catch up on shows missed and not recorded by yourself.  Your cable provider may make these shows available as “ON-Demand” for viewing when you want to.

Now is the time to get the buzz going and to reconnect with some TV help and entertainment to motivate you in your own genealogical research efforts.

Mark your calendar for Sunday evening, April 3, 2016 at 8 PM Central Time on TLC on cable for the premiere episode of this season’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” featuring Aisha Tyler.  Watch the “mini-marathon” of previously presented programs from 2 PM to 7 PM Chicago time.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

The video is an approximate 32 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 –  National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, May 2016, at Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Southern California Jamboree, June, 2016, Burbank, CA; IAJGS Conference, August 2016, Seattle, WA; Federation of Genealogy Societies, August 2016, Springfield, IL
  • Ancestry Site – “continuing searching” feature returns; Life Story and Facts tutorials now available.
  • Ancestry DNA – Ancestry DNA testing is now available in 29 more countries.  Full listing of the countries is available in the Ancestry Blog.  Test results from someone taking the test in a foreign country are compared to all of the entries in the total Ancestry DNA database.
  • Ancestry Academy – new tutorials on Italians, Females, School Records, Timelines and African-Americans.
  • Desktop Software – Family Tree Maker acquired by MacIev software, original developers of the product.  Future updates and new releases will continue through them; RootsMagic lineage software will be integrated with Family Tree Maker functions.
  • New Databases – United States, Definitive List of Slaves and Property, 1827-1828.  This new database contains about 5 thousand 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 of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data to look at.  The most important part of this database regarding slave information is that the name of the slave is actually included in this database.  Slave names were rarely noted on records.
  • New Databases – Alberta, Canada, Homestead Records, 1870-1930.  This new database contains about 206,000 records.      The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data to look at.  You can find the name, age, place of birth, date of application, place of residence at application, homestead location and marital status of applicant.
  • New Databases – California Mortuary Records of Chinese Dissidents, 1870-1933.  This new database contains about 26,000 records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the date intervals of these records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data when it is available.  I saw both handwritten records and typed records.
  • New Databases – Sydney, Australia, Cemetery Headstone Transcriptions, 1867-2002.  This new database contains about 285,000 records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the of records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.    The database is also indexed and searchable with a basic size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  No actual images of headstones to see.  Only transcribed data is shown.  You can often see the religious denomination of the deceased.
  • New Databases – Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915This new database contains about 26  million records.  Always a good idea to browse the listing of the counties and the towns/cities (very long list) and date intervals of parish records before you search to get a feel for what is in the database.  The database is also indexed and searchable with a large size template of information you can supply to narrow down your search.  When searching you can select the actual image of data to look at.   It would be helpful for you to know a more exact geographic location to search if you know it and select it from the large list of towns/cities.
  • New Databases – Indiana, United Methodist Church Records, 1837-1970 (434,000 records; searchable with images); New Jersey, United Methodist Church Records, 1800-1970 (721,000 records; searchable with images); U.S., Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1707-1995 (400,000 records; searchable with images)
  • 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