I think the first thing that I learned was that I may be a bit of a history geek. I snuck away from the festivities for a couple of hours and visited the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Standing in the same room where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were partially crafted and signed was awe inspiring for me. I love stepping through the doorways of history … that may be why I love genealogy, huh?
I also learned that if you can’t enjoy the thrill of breaking through your own brick walls, watching someone else do it is pretty fun. At our booth, we had 4 computers logged into ancestry, and people would come up and do searches. This one guy found a Canadian Census, with what I believe were his great grandparents on it. He was giddy…hopefully all of you know that feeling as well. (And no, I don’t know if he was using old search or new search. )
The third thing I learned, as I watched people use new search, by far the most interesting and useful piece to most people I worked with was the ability to turn exact on for different types of fields. And as I watched many people do many searches, it would appear that you will get the most mileage on your searching if you choose exact date ranges and exact locations. Toggling between different combinations of what is exact and not exact is also useful in bringing up different sets of information. My anecdotal evidence shows that choosing all exact fields is just not all that great.
Meanwhile, back here at the ancestry.com ranch, we’ve been digging and working on some issues around the new search user interface:
I’m still too tired from all of the traveling and the hot muggy weather to finish commenting on my previous post. I’ll finish it off before the week ends.
And if you have civil war ancestor’s in your past, I recommend the previous post by Jeanie Croasmun : Why So Many Names?. I know I learned something new.
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