What a nice Christmas present!
Ancestry.com has announced twelve new things for our genealogical enjoyment. I intend to check them all out one by one as they come available.
And they are…
More Record Collections
- 1940 US federal census – Of course, we’ve been hearing about this for quite a while now, but it’s actually slated to be rolled out this spring. I, for one, can’t wait.
- 1911 UK census and US state censuses – I’m looking forward to both because I’m still actively researching family members in both the US and England.
- More US birth, marriage and death records – I have found a great gap in the availability of birth, marriage and death records for the United States. In the UK, there is the BMD (birth, marriage, death) database and website. It’s about time these records were centralized and more widely available.
- New US and international church records – Again, these records are few and far between and scattered far and wide, making them difficult to locate. Wouldn’t it be nice to find them all in one place?
- Millions of occupation related records – I took the time to write to the City of Chicago a few years back to learn more about one ancestor. We knew he had been in the fire safety and insurance industry. What a surprise to discover that he was actually on the leading edge of the changes made in fire regulations and procedures in the decades following the great Chicago fire – both in Chicago and nationally. I’d love to be able to find these records more readily.
Great New Tools and Site Features
- Direct and easier access to Ancestry.com hints – I will love the new portal page showing my hints all organized for easier and more effective searching. I’m especially excited about the photo-related and story-related hints.
- Clearer images plus new technology making more details available – The new image viewer will be an improvement, making images clearer with the ability to rotate, enlarge and save. Two of the most popular census collections will have great improvements, so you’ll know exactly what’s on each line without any other tools.
More Ways to Explore
- Free apps for Apple, Android, NOOK and Kindle Fire – I will be all over this one! When I bought my Android phone, I had no idea that I would be able to use it to further my research.
- More ways to add to your tree and connect using social networking – I’m already loving the ease of sharing with friends of relatives using Facebook, Twitter, etc. What other ‘new’ ways could there be? I’m ready!
- DNA answers – This is one I have been seriously thinking about for quite a while. As extensive as our family tree is, there are still those spots where the branch connection is particularly fragile because it’s almost impossible to find documentary proof. DNA is one tool that could confirm a connection to a particular branch or tree.
More Hints and Professional Help
- Hints directing to new collections – I will use the ‘What’s New’ page. I find Ancestry.com so large and confusing that it will be very helpful to be able to monitor and make note of new additions that might be helpful to me. The addition of hints directing me to new collections that may be helpful will only be the icing on the cake.
- Professional assistance and tips – Learning opportunities such as hands-on demonstrations, Q&A sessions, tips, suggestions and lessons to help you find as much as you can on Ancestry.com .
There’s nothing more satisfying than finding new information or photos and documents to support conclusions and connections. I look forward to more of these using the new Ancestry.com enhancements.