As we continue to offer better ways for you to find members who share your research interests, our job is to make sure that the tools we provide on Ancestry.com are useful and easy. One feature that we’ve looked at closely in this regard is an older feature called “Member Connections” (not to be confused with Member Connect which was released last year). This feature let you enter the name of an ancestor and we would return a list of Ancestry.com members who are also researching that ancestor.
Over time the distinctions between Member Connections, the Member Directory, and Member Connect became confusing. Member Connections has been used less by members and we also found that the search results have become nearly identical to what you find when searching Public Member Trees. So to clean this up and allow us to focus on improving existing features and building new tools to help you in your family history, we recently retired the Member Connections feature.
If this is a feature that you valued, we suggest that you search our Public Member Trees to find the other members who are researching your ancestor. This will bring you a very similar list of members to what you would have found before with Member Connections. If you haven’t tried looking for other members doing similar research this way, we suggest you give it a try.
We welcome your feedback as we make adjustments in order to focus on the things that will help you most in your family history research on Ancestry.com. We continue to improve ways to help you connect with other members through features like Member Connect and the Member Directory. In fact, stay tuned for some improvements we’re launching in the coming weeks!