Ancestry has recently switched over to a new version, I have found pluses and minuses which I am going to talk about here.
The homepage is pretty much the same, no changes as far as I can tell. The tree itself has stayed pretty much the same, minus some color changes.
Now when you view a ancestor in your tree that’s were the changes have occurred. Now ancestors have what is called a life story, which is a more descriptive timeline then there was before. The changes include a short bio about your ancestor at the top, then a family connection chart, a map and then the actual timeline starts.
I do like the plotting on the map of were your ancestor lived, events happened etc.
The timeline is now more detailed as then before, so as from before, you had the basics such as the life events of your ancestors and now is included births and deaths of family members and historical insights. You can decide to hide the birth/deaths of family and the historical insights. I think the historical insights are useful if you are looking to understand the world that your ancestors was living in but may not be for those who don’t have that interest. The family member birth and deaths,I could honestly take it or leave it, not something I find particular adding any value.
Hints have stay the same except for the adding of undecided option. This option is allowing one to place a hint there they can review again to see if it correct. I do think that is a value added option, instead of one disregarding a hint or ignoring it. You could always go back and review your ignored hints but undecided is much more of reminder or way of not losing a possible lead.
Overall I wasn’t sure at first if I like the new Ancestry, I think that is a case dealing with the change over and having to figuring things out again. It did take me some getting use to the new Ancestry at first. Besides the above changes and some small changes, I would say that Ancestry has done a good job with the new update.
One option I would like to see added in future updates, is the ability to add a grandchild whose parents are unknown, I have come across this multiple times in my family tree and find it frustrating when you can’t add the child to the family without knowing the parents.
As always, thanks for reading