Ancestry uploads a “What’s New at Ancestry” YouTube video every month. By the time you read this article, Ancestry’s Crista Cowan will have uploaded the video for March. Here’s some of what was new in February:
Ancestry will be present at several upcoming conferences: NGS in Raleigh, NC on 10-13 May 2017; Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank on 9-11 June 2017; IAJGS in Orlando, FL on 23-28 July 2017; and FGS in Pittsburgh, PA on 30 August-2 September 2017.
Ancestry added 11 million records in January. Crista showed an example “image first” collection, “Province of Gerona, Spain, Municipal Records, 1566-1956.” These are collections for which Ancestry has images but may not have an index for several years. However, they wanted to get the images out to you as soon as possible so you could start using them. Instead of searching, look for the Browse option on the right-hand side of the page.
Ancestry added several million Prussian records. They have added several databases of Isle of Jersey records from the Church of England, several Belgium civil registration databases, and some Delaware marriage records. In the previous month Ancestry added about 80 million records, mostly U.S. marriage records. These Delaware records were a continuation of that effort.
In a recent blog article, FamilySearch reported on several new features.
FamilySearch reported that search results of historical records will now indicate which records have already been attached to FamilySearch Family Tree. To see the icon you must have a free FamilySearch account and you must login.
FamilySearch has added an action menu for photographs and document images, shown on the left in the image below.
Gallery view now has an option to display just photos and document images that are not in albums.