The New Ancestry: August 29th Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 29, 2015 in Site

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry. Last week we covered the location issues and the solution we put in place. This week we introduced some exciting enhancements on Family Events in the Facts view.

As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will help answer your questions and provide more tips on the new site.

Feature update:

We have added a number of enhancements to Family Events, and we continue to add and refine new features based on your feedback.

We streamlined the content to focus on just the facts, and included a quick link to the family member referenced in the event.

What are Family Events?

Before we jump into the details let me give you some background on these events. Family Events are displayed on both the LifeStory and the Facts view to represent the events from immediate family members that are related to the person whose profile you are viewing.  So anyone referenced on the far right panel of the Facts view as Family – Parents, Spouse, Siblings, and Children – their events will now show in both the Facts view and LifeStory by default.  Family Events add important context to your research.


Viewing Family Events in the context of the person you are researching helps complete the picture of a person’s life and the events around them. Many users have found that viewing data in this way has helped to expose potential errors in their research and lead them to ask new questions about the lives of their ancestors.

New Enhancements and Tips on Family Events

This week you will see that we have removed the Ancestry-generated descriptions for these events on the Facts view and simply list the facts – event, name, place, and the name of the person. We also added a link to the immediate family member so you can quickly go to his/her profile. Once an event is updated on a family member it is automatically updated on all other profiles where the Family Event is listed.

There are times when you may want to hide Family Events or Historical Insights. This is easily done by clicking the configure icon (looks like a gear) above the facts and selecting HIDE FAMILY EVENTS or HIDE HISTORICAL INSIGHTS. When both of these are selected you will see just the information that you entered into this person’s profile.  To view Family Events and Historical insights again click on the configure icon and select SHOW FAIMLY EVENTS or SHOW HISTORICAL INSIGHTS.


Features that we are still working on:

  • Profile picture cropping – Edit/crop a profile photo to focus on an individual person in a photo
  • Member Connect – Find other members researching a similar ancestor and save info from their family trees
  • Family Group Sheet – A family view of the person and their family

Top Reported Issues This Week

Below is a status on the top issues surfacing from your feedback.

  • A white font on a dark background is hard for some users to see
  • Some users dislike having a circle profile picture
  • Military pages are not available in the new Ancestry
  • Users want to see the ‘not you?’ link in the relationship calculator
  • Member connect is not available in the new Ancestry

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Past Articles

How Bad Photos Can Make Good Genealogy

Posted by Denise May Levenick on August 25, 2015 in Site

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Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Finding Ancestors Who Don’t Want to Be Found with Bryan Cranston

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 23, 2015 in Celebrity, Who Do You Think You Are?

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The New Ancestry: August 22nd Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 22, 2015 in Site

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Don’t Suffer From Library Anxiety: How to Best Research in Libraries

Posted by Linda Barnickel on August 19, 2015 in Site, Research Helps

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The New Ancestry: August 14th Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 14, 2015 in Site

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On the Street Where They Lived: Exploring Your Ancestor’s Hometown in UK, City, Town and Village Photos, 1857-2005 Collection

Posted by Juliana Szucs on August 14, 2015 in Site

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Member Spotlight: AncestryDNA Connects Adoptee to Birth Family After Fifty Years

Posted by Jessica Murray on August 13, 2015 in AncestryDNA

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Posted by Anna Swayne on August 10, 2015 in AncestryDNA

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