The presentation included these topics and information:
1) "New Ancestry":
* A "Continue Searching" button will be added
* Accessibility and customization options for the tree viewer and person pages - we will be able to change colors and themes
* Simplify and improve accuracy of data entry
* Drag and drop to add or upload media
2) New Partnerships:
* With Software MacKiev to integrate with new Ancestry API
* With RootsMagic to integrate with new Ancestry API
* "Sync" your FTM or RootsMagic software tree with Ancestry Member Tree
* Search Ancestry databases and view Ancestry Hints from FTM and RootsMagic
3) German Databases:
* 300 million German records published to date, about 400 million by end of 2016
* State Archive of Berlin, 1874-1945 - 14 million names
* State Archive of Hessen, 1874-1945 - 11.5 million names
* German National Directories Project, 1910-1955 - about 500 million records
* German Lutheran Church Records - over 100 million records
4) U.S. Wills and Probate Database:
* Indexes for all 50 states, over 170 million record images.
* Users will be able to add new names to the index and specify relationships - this is for this specific database and will link the added names to the record images.
5) Ancestry Mobile Applications
* Unify the web and app experiences
* Introducing mobile search
* Improving media collection and use
* Ability to take a photo, add audio, and add video
6) Ancestry Hints
* More intelligent hinting is necessary - increase precision and recall
* Anticipate what you want to discover
* Show what is new or different
* Find matches in more countries - now USA, Canada, UK, Australia
* Increase ethnicity reference panel from 3,000 to 9,000 persons
* Ethnicity estimates more accurate, add more ethnicity regions
* Networks and clusters of matches
There are some very interesting items on the list above - I look forward to seeing them arrive on Ancestry.com over the next year.
I really appreciate that Ancestry.com provides information of this nature.
Readers can also determine some of the "coming soon" databases on the "Recently Added and Updated" page. They currently list (on the right-hand margin):
* U.S. Methodist Church Records (January-February 2016) -- We're adding additional Methodist Church records, with information on baptisms and marriages for New Jersey and Indiana.
* UK Police Gazettes (January 2016) -- These were printed publications used for communication between members of the police force in the United Kingdom between 1812 and 1941 (with gaps in coverage). They include information on wanted criminals, crimes committed, criminals who had been apprehended, deserters, and missing persons.
* German Vital Records (January-March 2016) -- Look for new collections to be added to the Ancestry collection of German births, marriages, and deaths for several locations.
* UK Parish Records (April 2016) -- Our collection of UK parish registers continues to grow, with records coming in April.
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