July 2019 Edition | What's New at Ancestry | Ancestry

July 2019 Edition | What's New at Ancestry | Ancestry

hi everyone Kristina the barefoot genealogist it is time for our monthly edition of what's new at ancestry this is for july 2019 we have lots to cover today so we're going to go ahead and dive right in we're gonna start of course with upcoming Jenni illogical events that ancestry will be attending the first one that is coming up in just a couple of weeks is the International Association of Jewish genealogical societies annual conference this is a conference that moves locations every year this year it will be in Cleveland Ohio and it will be held the 28th of July through the 2nd of August if you need more information about this event you can go to a jgs 2019 dot org that's AI age AG s it stands for International Association of Jewish genealogical societies 2019 dot org there's information there about the program and the speakers I will be won some great exhibitors coming lots of really great networking opportunities and so if you want to check that out you can go to their website the next conference that the ancestry will be attending is the Federation of genealogical societies annual conference this is another conference that rotate cities every year this year it is in Washington DC the 21st through the 24th of August I for one am very excited about this particular conference the opportunity to be close to the National Archives and other great historical sites both for just the purposes of history and and soaking that all in but also for the purposes of research is a really exciting opportunity there are still a lot of great records that are held at the National Archives that are not available yet online and so I'm already starting my list so that I am prepared when I head to DC next month hope to see you there if you want more information about that particular event you can go to their website which is fgs Federation of genealogic society's fgs org and click on the link there for their conference and that will give you all of the details about registration for the conference and booking your hotel room next up is RIT's tech London so this routes tech has been here in Salt Lake City for almost a decade now but this year for the first time they are taking it across the pond to London that will be held the 24th through the 26th of October so if you live overseas or if you have a some family history that you can do in England there there's an excuse to go if you need one and as you can see from their website here Donny Osmond is coming which is kind of fun routes check always puts on a really great conference I'm excited to see what they do with this overseas if you want more information about that conference you can go to roots tech dot org and at the top of the page there's some of that there's a link for the London conference so you can check that out and again ancestry will be there would love to see you there I will be speaking at all three of these events so please come meet me I will be in the booth when I'm not speaking in the exhibit hall in the ancestry booth I would love to meet you so and please if you do come to one of these events seek me out okay that is it for events we have a lot to cover about product and some of the tools on the site and so the first big news of course is that as of July 1st a lot of the things that we had in beta have now officially gone live which means you can't switch out in and out of beta and so for those of you who participated in the beta when we starting when we announced it at roots Tech in February at the end of February thank you so much for all of the feedback that we received we utilize that feedback to make continual tweaks and improvements to the tools that we made available to you through the beta period and now they are ready for primetime and so everybody will have has access to those now so let's just do a quick review of what those things are that we're in beta that are now live the first thing is my tree tags so if you haven't yet and utilized these you will now see a little blue tag in the header of every profile page in your tree if you want more information about how to use my tree tags including some tips about how I use it in my own tree you can go check out the video I did a couple of months ago about my tree tags I will provide a link to it in the show notes here on YouTube the second product that has come out of beta is the new and improved DNA match list of course one of the most popular features of the new match list is the ability to create custom groups though there are a lot of features that were introduced again there is a video about this that I did several weeks ago so if you want to go check that out there will be a link to that as well and then finally through lines was another new tool that was in beta very closely connected to the DNA match list but with some differences and some changes from what you might have been used to before that also means that DNA circles were retired as of July 1st so through lines is replacing DNA circles I'm really excited I've been using the functionality of three lines pretty heavily in the last few weeks and we've made some really cool discoveries in my own family history and and I'll hopefully have an opportunity to share some of those with you at some of the presentations that I'm doing at some of the genealogy conferences this coming year so there's also a video about through lines be sure to check that out if you need more information about that now with that said there are a few things that are still in beta so not everything went live on July 1st just those three features my tree tags the new and improved DNA match list and through length some of the hints features are still in beta including this one that we talked about a couple of months ago we call it what's new in hints and basically with each hint you some of you will be seeing this not everybody has been opting into the beta experience and so not everybody has this available but for those of you who have it and it just is a side-by-side view of what's in your tree compared to what's in the record that's being hinted to you so that you can readily see at a glance what's different what's new and what's the same between the hint and your tree that is like I said still in beta another hints feature that went into beta this month is found under the extras menu if you click on that and then you click on ancestry lab that will take you to the ancestry lab page this is where we store our the information about the things that are in beta and so if you ever just want to see what's currently in beta you can check that out this is also where you can opt in or out we are testing putting some of these features on the site as well so in addition to being able to enable or disable this feature here in the ancestry lab you can also enable or disable or turn beta on or off from the hints page itself so the new feature that is in in beta is called hints feedback and basically what it means is that anytime you review a hint we're going to give you the opportunity to provide feedback about why you either accepted rejected or ignored this particular hint so I'm gonna walk you through what those different screens look like and then we'll just talk for a minute about why you might want to provide some of that feedback so here I'm on my great-great grandfather George Melton Lawrence and there's this picture that somebody has saved it's a picture of his tombstone I already have it there's multiple copies of it that are floating around and so I'm gonna go ahead and ignore this hint and I'm gonna get a little pop-up box here that's gonna ask me why I ignored this particular hint now there are some pre-selected options here that I can just check to make it easy and we have tried to select some of the more common reasons why people ignore hints to provide there but if none of those are satisfactory you can just click in this blank box here that says other and type in your own reasons there's two two things that will happen one is that it will automatically save whatever you select or type so you don't have to click anything else to get it to save then like always those particular hints will start to file themselves into the appropriate tabs so if I come over here to my tree let's get rid of Donny Osmond sorry Donny okay we're coming over here to my tree when I'm on my hints like always I have my new hints undecided hints ignored hints and accepted hints and so once I action on one of those things it will just eventually go into one of those three buckets just like it always has so that piece hasn't changed now if I go to review a hint and I click maybe so you know when your review a hint and you sometimes have the option of yes no or maybe this is the maybe hints and so you've marked it as that you're undecided whether or not you want to save it and again you've got some pre-selected options here that's not the right phrase if you've got some pre-populated options here that you can select to decide about why you're undecided or you can type in your own answer there and then if I click yes this is my person and I walk through the regular again nothing's changed merge flow to save that record to my tree I can still provide feedback about why I accepted this particular hint and in this case as an all you can select as many options as you want so I could click every one of these boxes and type something in or I could do nothing if you don't want to provide any feedback you don't have to do that and you can either just move on or you can click the little X two to make the Box go away okay then when you come back here to your hints and you come in here to view the undecided ignored or accepted hints the information about why you marked this hint undecided or ignored or accepted that decision information has been saved so let's talk with that view now just a little bit about why I'm so excited about hints feedback number one this feedback is providing actual feedback to ancestry so that we can take that feedback and make hints better one of the pieces of feedback that we have heard from you loud and clear is that you want better more relevant hints and so we are trying to look at all of the data to see that we can provide you with that and so I'm really excited about the fact that we're getting some of these feedback signals now from so many of you who have already opted into this experience it's been out for a couple of weeks now to start to improve the hints experience the second reason and this is probably for me as a researcher more important which is this is forcing me to slow down a little bit rather than just clicking accept accept accept on all my hints it pops up the little box that says why did you accept this hint and I have to actually think about it and I may even want to do a little analysis right here so those of you who have spent time with me understand how passionate I am about the Jennea logical proof standard and one of the steps of the genealogical proof standard is an analysis and correlation of information which just means we take the information that we're getting and we actually analyze it and correlate it with the other information and that ensures or improves the probability that we're actually claiming our own family tree and not someone else's that we're researching our own ancestors and not just that we've grabbed someone who happens to have the same name and lives in the same place at the same time so this has forced me a little bit to slow down and start to really analyze these records now those of you who know me know I go like to a whole nother level with my note-taking but this is hopefully starting to introduce that concept to if you were a little bit new now for those of you who have been doing family history forever and find this M gets in your way a little bit that's fine you don't have to use it again like I said if it comes up you just and just move on to the next thing you don't have to do anything with the hints feedback boxes if you choose not to but for those of you who are new I would really encourage you to slow down and take advantage of this opportunity to really analyze each record and make sure that you are attaching things that really are for your ancestors because every time you attach a record it's informing the ancestry system that this is the right person and the right information and then we go look for more records that match that and so if you incorrectly attach something you can end up with a whole family tree that is not really your family and I don't want that to happen to anyone so hence what we want hints to be better you want hints to be better hints feedback bata gives you the opportunity to provide us with that feedback so that we can make hints better and then of course it plays right into the genealogical proof standard as well okay so we want also for you to understand that every time you accept a hint or reject a hint that we now are updating your hints so it used to be you put some information in about a person in the tree and ancestry would deliver you a bunch of hints about that person and then those hints would just sit there and you would go and you would maybe change something in your tree and the old hints would just still sit there even if they were no longer relevant and so now we are updating hints so we are updating hints every time you add a record we will add new hints if they're available we will remove irrelevant hints from your list so your hint list rather than being static is going to start to become a little bit more dynamic and responsive so we'll remove some hints if they're irrelevant your hints list may also be resorted so we're gonna try and provide more relevant hints at the top of the list and then as you go down the list they have hints on a person and those hints might end up being resorted and then anytime you add a fact or a relationship or delete a fact or a relationship it will cause the system to check for any updates to provide to your hit list so any new hints to add any irrelevant hints to remove or any resorting that needs to happen that's hence it we call it hints inventory management is also still in beta so with any of the features the hints what's new with hints the hints feedback or this hints inventory management there will be a feedback button it's usually gonna show up I think mine is still sitting there yep so when I'm on my person in my tree and I'm viewing the hints for this person down here in the corner you're gonna see that little provide feedback button go ahead and click that link and give us the feedback that you have about how it is or is not working for you or what you would like to see differently or what you really love about it we are product managers you read all of that feedback and as while something is in beta is the time to give that feedback so that we can improve the product for everyone so that is hints now the ancestry member profile is also still in beta so if you haven't opted into that you might want to just go check that out again same thing I don't think I brought it up let's pull it up real quickly here on my screen you can opt in or out of the beta using the little switch up here on the top right hand corner you can provide feedback down here in the bottom right hand corner so check that out if you haven't already it is still in beta along with the member profile that means that the new ancestry message center is still being rolled out to existing users so all new users have the new ancestry message Center but it is still being rolled out to existing users we've got to transfer everybody from the old system into the new system and that requires a little bit of work on the back end almost at an account account level so keep your eyes on the message center and hopefully you'll see those changes coming soon when it is completed I will announce that in one of these episodes so that you can keep track of where we're at with that okay then with the new and improved DNA match list I told you there was a lot of stuff to cover today with the new and improved DNA match list there have been some minor changes but they're kind of a big deal to a lot of us and so I wanted to make sure that I highlighted them so that everybody knew what had been changed we did go from beta into live I mentioned that but you have given us some terrific feedback and so there's some very specific little tweaks that we implemented that I just want to call out first of all when you click on an ancestor in a matches linked tree it pops open a card now instead of opening the whole tree here's what I mean by that so we're gonna come here to my cousin Catherine who has graciously agreed to let me use her as a guinea pig on multiple occasions so here is the tree that Catherine has attached to her DNA results and when we first rolled out the changes to the DNA and matches when you click on any one of these people in the tree it would open up her full tree and several of you gave us feedback that sometimes you just want to peek at what's happening here in her tree you don't necessarily want to go view the whole tree just yet and so we've all returned this option here to just pop up this little card now if you want to go to the full tree you have a couple of ways you can do that from this full card I could click here on Julia's name and I could pop open the full tree here by doing that okay so that comes to Julia in Catherine's tree so the other option is because Catherine is still living her person here is marked private ancestry privatizes the information about living people so when I click on that instead of popping up a card it's going to open up a new tab with her full tree view and so those are a couple of little changes that we made there to the tree view another change that we made to tree view is that it now expands to seven generations if you have an ancestry subscription this view will typically only show five generations but up here I have a little expand tree link and if I click that it now shows me full seven generations if she has them in her tree so that's exciting another change that we have made is common surnames are a different color in the tree view and common ancestors are highlighted so when we introduced the new DNA match page the surnames they used to be over here on the left hand side we moved them down below and so here are the shared surnames that Katherine and I have between the two of us I could just see the full list of names in her tree toggle back and forth between that but the recent change that we made as you can see up here and she and I both had Inman and Beeman in our tree and the means are highlighted in green the shared surnames I can pick them out Kalen on her tree we also have common ancestors and those common ancestors that are listed over here on the left are also now highlighted over here on the right in the tree view with a little leaf hint because that is the common ancestor kids okay hopefully that makes sense then you can now also view multiple common ancestors now I don't know about your family but my family there's lots of intermarriage that happens on both sides of my family I used to think it was just my mama's family from Arkansas and Tennessee and I used to make all sorts of jokes about that but as my dad and I have spent more and more time with our DNA matches and trying to figure out how everybody's connected we're actually discovering that his family me have a lot more intermarriage than her family and so it's become a little bit of something of a family joke so this is one of my dad's cousins and we thought well we knew he was related to us on my dad's dad's side of the family so this is and my great-grandma that I knew she was from Texas and her parents were both from Germany and we knew that this cousin we knew this cousin we knew that he was a descendant of them Amanda's my great-grandma sister Julius is my grandpa's first cousin so the sky is my dad's second cousin and this match is my dad's second cousin once removed my third cousin so we knew that relationship but when the DNA came out we discovered that his mother is also related to my grandmother so down here you see this little common surname heiner highlighted in green on the fifth generation down here on the chart and now over here on the left under common ancestors you can see where it says view more possible connections and when we pop that up we see there's julius and joanna from my grandpa's side of the family tree and here's your hummus bosses are Heiner from my grandmother's side of the family tree so this we are related to him on both of my dad's parents side of the family tree through both of his parents and that was a fun discovery that we made with DNA but now we can see all of those possible connections as common ancestor hints if if they've been done so okay it is time for content highlights let's dive right in with these and we have put about twenty million records online since the last time we did a monthly update for those of you who've never joined us for a monthly update before let me just quickly show you in the card catalog which is found under the search menu you can sort this list by date added and that will put all of the new records at the top of the list so that you can see what new content has been added this little new tag over here on the far right we leave on there for 90 days I checked it I didn't check it every couple of weeks but if you don't check it for a little while that's 90 days that that stays on there you can also hover over any title so you just move your mouse over it you get a little pop-up card that little pop-up card tells you the date that ancestry published that particular set of Records so that's kind of fun because you get that little and instead of that little bit of information without having to click through to view anything so let's talk about some of the records that we have released in the several weeks so we released four databases of records from Essex England and they are Church of England records so we've talked about this before but let me just give you a quick refresher when governments collect vital record information what they're usually collecting is birth marriage and death information and so they're the ones who issue birth certificates and marriage certificates and death certificates and those records here in the United States are typically done at a county level in England they're done at register registrar's so lots of different ways that that's handled around the world but governmental records are typically called vital records and they're for births marriages and deaths churches also keep track of Church rites and church rites typically are things like baptisms marriages and burials so in the case of baptisms sometimes you also get birth information and in the case of marriages marriages and in the case of burials you sometimes also get death information at least I hope they're dead before they bury them okay so so baptisms marriages and burials are the church records that exist so ancestry has released several million records from Essex the thing that's great about English research is that the records date back to the 1500s and so we have these this collection of records the first database here is baptisms marriages and burials from 1538 until 1812 then in 1812 there was some laws that changed in England and so now we have some different ways about some different ways that the records are kept track of and so then you'll see that the databases break out so what happens is previous to 1813 often the parish registers were a single register for all the events that the parish priest officiated over so you'll have baptisms marriages and burials sometimes just mixed all up in with each other right usually in chronological order as those events occur but then we start to see individual register kept for births and baptisms marriages deaths and burials and so that's why you see some of this sometimes you'll see three or four different databases and that's why we don't put them all into one database because we try to stay true to the original organization of the collection of Records so depending on the time period you might have to check a database or two in the case of marriages for example we've got some overlap here from 1754 through 1812 now the great thing is of course that these records run into the 1900s so if you're looking for more recent family members that's going to be super valuable to you okay next up we have Wales wills and probate and I practice saying that because saying Wales wills is not easy Wales wills and probate from 1513 to 1858 if you haven't spent time with probate records before I would encourage you to just play around with some of these databases so that you can start to understand what the records are and what kinds of information is available in them wills and probate records are a phenomenal resource particularly as you start getting back into the 1800's 1700s because there's not as many birth marriage and death records available there are sometimes church records but if your family was not affiliated with a particular religious organization or if the records were sparse or something happened to them you might not find details in those kinds of records wills and probate because they're a court record because it involves property very often there's going to be there going to be more and more readily available it's more likely that they survived there are going to be really great details in some of them and don't discount them as a source just because your family may have been poor so I come from very poor farmers very very poor farmers in the hills of Tennessee and Arkansas and they didn't have a lot of property but every once in a while we found a really detailed will that has a lot of great and rich family history and formation about the connections and the family there's some fantastic clues to who married who and what mom's maiden name may have been and who the daughters married and so lots of really great information in those records I highly recommend becoming familiar with using them and this just happens to be a new collection of them that's come online for those of you with Welsh ancestry and then we also released a collection of birth marriage and death indexes out of Staffordshire I've talked about this before but I've seen it coming up on Facebook quite a bit lately so I just want to reiterate the fact that sometimes ancestry is able to get the images of the records and sometimes all that the library or archive will provide us is an index to the records that they hold and so in this case these are just indexes but they're still super valuable I did a video on index only records and I will link to that in the show notes as well so if you haven't had a chance to watch that or if you need a quick refresher you can go check that out now we do also have a whole new series of what we call web records so I just want to point these out here on the card catalog so that you can see what they look like make this a little bit bigger for you whoa too big okay that's let's just take a look really quickly here some of the databases on ancestry as you can see have the word web at the beginning and some of them do not if they do not ancestry has published whatever that collection of Records is on ancestry if they say the word web in front of them then what has happened is ancestry has gone out through our ancestry web records program and we've looked to see what records are libraries and archives and other entities publishing online for free that we can point you to because we want you to be able to a and come to ancestry and find what you need to find but if we can't publish the records on our site ourselves we want you to know where those records are held and then B we want you to be able to attach the source citation for that record very quickly and easily to your tree we've created an index to records that are freely available online and allowed we allow you to search those and we'll start hinting some of those as well the thing about ancestry web records is that they are free to access so you do not need a current ancestry subscription in order to search these databases and follow the links through to the original source sometimes however you do need to research once you're redirected to the publisher of the record and I'll show you what that looks like here in just a minute so let's start with the selected Florida County marriages from 1905 to 1915 as an example so if I come in here and there's a little link over here that tells me about this collection and who published it and where it's found online but I do this with all new databases I just will type in a generic let me try that again a more common certainly and and just do a search just to see what comes up so that I can familiarize myself with the database so I'm not gonna take the time to fill out the whole thing the whole search form because I want to understand the records before I start looking for my people and then I'm just going to come in here and I'm going to click view record that's going to take me to this record page let me go back at normal size and then on the web records there will be a URL or a link that will take you to the place on the web where ancestry found these records and like I mentioned sometimes you have to research so in this case I selected a Palm Beach County record and so it took me to this website that has these records and it took me specifically to the Palm Beach County section of those records but now I have to drill down or research in this case to the surname that I was interested in if I had selected a different search results here so for example if I go to one from miami-dade County and I click the link once I get there that's going to take me to the same website but it's going to take me to the Dade County marriage section and again I have to drill down to the specific section of the record that I'm interested in so again the purpose of these web records is just to make you aware of what records exist out on the Internet to point you to them too so that you you know continue to have all those resources available to you but that you can also then link or save these records to someone in your tree so that you have that pointer always available to you so the florida county marriages from 1905 to 1915 are a set of web records that we release lately another one is the connecticut marriage records from 1897 to 1968 again coming here do a quick search and click view record it's gonna take me to a page with a link that then opens up the Connecticut State Library in this case website and here I have to then research the using their index or their search functionality so we know the record exists in there but we can't point directly to the record in all cases so we've got marriages for Connecticut we've got deaths for Connecticut we've got Wayne County Indiana marriage records from 1811 to 1903 and then the one that I'm most excited about is the Idaho reconstructed state census for 1890 so I can come in here I've got some family up in Idaho that I need to go look for and I'm gonna do just a test search to see what comes up to see if I can understand these records and what they mean then maybe click out here to the Idaho Historical Society which is where these records came from and see what information is gonna be available to me and how I have to maybe research these records once I get to their website well that is all I have prepared for you today I know that was a lot to throw at you but I need to go spend some time with those Idaho reconstructed census records looking for some of my family tonight and so hopefully that was useful information if you have any questions as always you can leave them here in the comments on YouTube and if you have any suggestions for videos you would like to see in the future you can email me at ask at ancestry.com with those suggestions and I will put those together on the list for future video topics until next time this is Christie Cowan have fun climbing your family tree

21 thoughts on “July 2019 Edition | What's New at Ancestry | Ancestry”

  1. I personally, would like to know when the messaging/email system will be updated. The hints thing is good.

  2. Hi Crista, we discovered that my biological mother has different father than her sister. So I removed her father’s relationship, but Thru lines is still listing them. Will that update at some point?

  3. Once again I've learned a lot about what's new, but I also learned a couple things that I didn't know about that were there all along. I never noticed that hints were saved in categories like accepted, or ignored.

    The new message center you alluded to makes me wonder a bit whether all the messages that are currently there are going to stay? I go back to them a lot.

    I've also tried to use the search feature in the message center, and it seems my result is always zero. I come up with nothing, but I know the message is there. Perhaps I'm using this feature in the wrong way. I will search through all my messages and find exactly what I am looking for but it's time-consuming. Any insight you can provide on searching in the message center would be fantastic. (Searching through previous conversations).

    Hopefully we will know what's coming with the new message center before it just happens. Thanks again for a fantastic video!

  4. Thank you so much for your presentation. You always give us great insight and training for the use of your products and services.

  5. Does it drive you NUTS when someone KIDNAPS one of your family members and transports them, incorrectly onto their own tree? Another thing that drives me crazy is when people say early pilgrims were born in Massachusetts BEFORE 1621, when the Mayflower landed.

  6. I appreciate the ability to add feedback to the hints! And the new web: access is fantastic.
    Thanks to all the developers!

  7. Love these updates. I don't watch live but so useful. Loving the tags etc. But why have they destroyed notes? I cannot save my usual notes. Nor can I see but 2 lines on the ones that were already used this. I have used this tool since I saw your video years ago.

  8. I opted in, because I'm hoping that eventually I'll stop seeing images of trees, flags, and other generic icons that people have uploaded.

  9. Thanks for highlighting the Welsh will and probate records. I have hit a brick wall with my Welsh ancestry so this could be really beneficial. The surname is Jones so it's a researching nightmare! ☺

  10. Your comment on hints feedback of "this is forcing me to slow down a little bit" is the very reason I dislike this feature; it's time-consuming without adding to my experience. I've enabled/disabled this beta feature a few times to test it out…but nowhere is there a place to provide feedback to Ancestry on why one likes/doesn't like this feature. [I've never seen the mentioned feedback button, so may have to enable the dreaded feature again]

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