Ancestry Updates: DNA Community Record Collections Feature!
Going into Ancestry the other day, I noticed that not only did Ancestry update DNA ethnicity estimates again but added a new feature in AncestryDNA as well, DNA Community Record Collections! Right now, by going through the long list of DNA that I manage, it seems to just be for African American and Irish communities. I’m sure many more will come soon, as I just noticed it on the 25th of July, and it was not there the day before! So, if you are a beginner and have African American or Irish ethnicity, along with DNA communities as part of your AncestryDNA results, you will have some cool helps to get you going on where to look! Did you know there are over 400 African American and Afro-Caribbean communities and 203 Irish communities for AncestryDNA members? I’m not sure all the communities for these 2 ethnicities are included in this new feature yet, but below you’ll find the ones that are included in the long list of DNA that I manage for family, friends, and clients.
African American DNA Community Record Collections
Irish DNA Community Record Collections
How to Get to DNA Community Record Collections
More Ancestry and Genealogy Resources
Learn about more Ancestry updates, tips, tools, and features and other family history and genealogy resources under the Genealogy Resources category and on my dedicated Genealogy Resources page.
Ancestry Tips: Why You Should Organize Your Managed Trees!
Do you have a long list of managed family trees on Ancestry? That list can get fairly long with more than just your personal family tree; you may have DNA match trees, client trees, test trees, family trees for friends, and volunteer case trees, and more! If so, it may be time to start organizing them!
Organizing your managed trees on Ancestry may be a lot more important than you may think. If your managed trees aren’t organized, you may not be able to use some of the tools and features on Ancestry with them.
Some Ancestry Tools/Features That May Not Work
If you have more than 100 trees, you may not be able to use these features for some of your trees. Ancestry cuts the drop-down lists (shown in the above examples) for these features off at 100, so any trees after the first 100 will be affected. My main/personal family tree starts with an “S”; therefore, it was near the end of the list, and I couldn’t use the “save a record to someone” else feature, which was very frustrating and time consuming. This feature is meant to make things easier and save valuable time. You will want to make sure that any trees that are no longer important, such as archived clients, etc., are moved to the bottom of the list. You can think up any clever naming/labeling system that works for you.
I quickly chose a temporary system, for the meantime, that allows me to use these features for the trees that I need to use them on. It is simple, but not only does it let me use these important features, but it also helps me stay organized, by knowing what types of trees they are. I may need to give it a lot more thought in the future. 😉
My temporary Naming/Labeling system
All my personal trees are scattered between, but still fall in the drop-downs.
Where to Change Tree Names
*Note: Your labeling system can be changed at any time, as well as removing a name for syncing or reports, then renaming again.
*Note: You can also do this for any trees shared with you, as editor.
More Genealogy Resources
Learn about more Ancestry tips, tools, and features and other family history and genealogy resources under the Genealogy Resources category and on my dedicated Genealogy Resources page.
Publish Your Family History Easily with MyHeritage Family Books!
Want to publish your family history or genealogy, but you’re not much of a writer, typist, or the task just seems like an impossible feat to hurdle? No need to stress, ANYONE can publish their family history! The best and easiest way to publish your family history is with a MyHeritage Family Book. This professional, detailed, heirloom style genealogy and family history book is generated automatically, within a matter of minutes, using the info in your MyHeritage family tree, taking absolutely ALL the work out of it for you and leaving this as the simplest and best option out there! The best part? It’s completely FREE!
Information Included in a MyHeritage Family Book:
MyHeritage Family Book Print Options:
MyHeritage Family Book Print Sizes Included:
MyHeritage Family Book Examples:
Using just my direct line tree, you can see some of the beautiful pages of the book. Keep in mind that the tree I used to create this book only includes my direct line, with a few others in the tree, and the more people and info you have in your tree, the fuller the book will be! This direct line only book generated 101 pages, so just think of how many pages you’ll get using your complete tree! 😉
*Note: You can begin your book with anyone in your tree, thus you can make heirloom books as gifts for family as well! 😊
Find more easy ways to publish your family history, under the Publishing Your Family History Category!
Genealogy Resources: DIY Family Tree Charts and Templates!
While organizing my personal family history and business digital file folders last week, mentioned in Help, I Can’t Find My Family History/Genealogy Stuff!, I came across some of the different family trees I had created on sites that offered pre-generated family trees based on my family tree research; free, fillable templates that different sites offered; and some that I had created in Family Tree Maker over a decade ago; along with others. This got me sidetracked to where I decided to try to create my own, easy, DIY templates for family trees, using various resources.
What I Used to Create My Easy, DIY Family Tree Templates:
How I Designed My Simple, DIY Family Tree Charts:
Use Your Family Tree Chart Creations for:
My Family Tree Chart Heirloom Examples
My Other Family Tree Chart Examples
Even though it is hard to tell on some, each one is different either with a different backround, a change in transparency, saturation, tone, or color or both.
There are many sites out there where you can get a pre-generated family tree heirloom printed out (blog coming soon), that offer fillable templates, and more, some free and some not. There are also many sites where you can create family tree templates to use for visual reference, presentations, and more (blog coming soon). But you can always DIY your own family history heirlooms to pass down through the generations or give as a gift, by creating your own family tree charts and templates!
*Note: ©Diane Henriks (Copyright protected, and all rights are reserved. No portion of these images may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means; whether electronic, mechanical, etc., such as through copying, screenshotting, downloading, or other without prior written notice from me)
Help, I Can’t Find My Family History/Genealogy Stuff!
Does this hit a chord? The past 2 weeks, I have spent my spare time renaming and organizing all my hard drive folders, including my business stuff and family history/genealogy stuff because I couldn’t find a thing when I needed it! Sound familiar? 😉
I am now in the process of backing everything up to new SSD drives, as my old portable HDD drives are too slow when it comes to backing up a whole hard drive and/or cloud backup, even the one I just bought last year. My HDD drives could take hours to even a whole day! So far, I have backed up just my business folder and family history folder, with the former taking about 15 minutes to back up, and the latter taking about 20.
I’m not one for reading up on genealogy/family history/family tree digital organization, as I believe everyone needs to organize things the way that feels right for them, and everyone has their own method for doing things. I pretty much have this belief system for anything and everything, but I do like to learn new tips, just not follow someone else’s method for doing something.
What I Did To Organize:
I am still not 100% happy with the way I organized everything, but it is WAY better than the mess it was! 😉 I must have renamed and reorganized folders over 10 times, each, before I was somewhat happy with them, especially my family history!
Why did I feel the need to have to spend the last 2 weeks doing it all at once? It was time to back it up again! I’ve learned my lesson about renaming and moving folders, and then trying to back them up on the same portable hard drive! It takes LONGER, much longer, and it will stop repeatedly, asking you to confirm almost each and every thing, so you can’t just walk away, come back, and expect it to be done! Not only that, but it will miss copying many items. Like I said, lesson learned.
Overall Documents Folder
Family History/Genealogy Folder
Things to keep in mind:
No matter how messy or hard it is to find something, you can always search for something in the search bar, but keep in mind that you would have to remember what you named something, at least ballpark, to find it. 😉
Back in the day, well over a decade ago, I had just saved my downloaded, scanned, etc. family tree stuff as named into just my general family tree folder, and sometimes to a surname folder, so searching for things is extremely difficult, for the old stuff that is. I do not want, nor do I have the time, to go back and rename ALL the thousands of old family tree files, so renaming and reorganizing the folders was the best I could do, for now.
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