One area of importance to many of you, who have participated in the new search UI discussions, is you want to have the ability to be very specific in the searches you make when you are looking within a specific data set. I’m going to post a different example in a different category each day this week for discussion. Today’s example will be about US census records.
(Note: If you click on the image, you will see a larger version; if you click on the title, it will send you to the search page. You may need to flip back and forth between old and new, but this should work..)
Once you look at these, if you could let me know pros and cons of both UI’s and be specific about what you like and don’t like in these two cases, it will help me focus in on what may need to be done. The more specific you are, the more helpful it will be.
1900 Census Old Search UI example
Let’s say I’m looking for a male, surname Lynn, born between 1840 and 1850 in New York, and I know he lived Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana in 1900.
If you go to the old search interface and enter this data, you will see:
This is the same search on the new UI:
which results in:
So what works and what doesn’t
A couple of good things that I see with the new search UI are:
- If you pass your mouse over view image, you get a preview of the information in the record. If there are 10 links on this page, you can quickly look at them without click to each record page to see what is there.
- You can see what is in the query that produced these records, what you choose to be exact (it has ” ” around it in the query), and you change, delete or add a parameter for your search without changing pages.
About Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.