Posted by Finn Larson on August 30, 2014 in Mobile

We are happy to announce the release of the Ancestry Mobile version 6.0 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. If you have used the Ancestry App in the past you will likely notice some changes right away. Here Are a few of the major changes to look for with this new release.

Prioritized Hints View
We’ve added a new section to the application which allows you to view all the hints for a given tree from a single place. We’ve added a prioritized sort order to the hints in this section so that your very best hints automatically bubble up into view. In addition to a priority sort, we’ve made it possible to view hints based on recency, with the newest hints at the top of the list. Near the top of the new hints view you will find sort order controls titled “best” and “latest” which allow you to toggle between these two sort orders to meet your needs. We’ve also included some filtering capabilities for the hints in this section which will allow you to filter hints by the last name of the person the hint is for, or to filter hints by type (photo, story or record). When you see a hint that you’d like to learn more about, simply tap; the details of the hint will come into view and you will be able to accept or ignore the hint from right there.

US iPad Hint Detail

Comments
Every day thousands of photos and stories are added to Ancestry by users of the website and the Ancestry App. When one of these pieces of great content might be associated with a  relative of yours you will get a photo or story hint and you get to share this content and benefit from the work of other Ancestry users. Now you will have the ability to comment on these shared pieces of content directly from the mobile app – just like you can on the website. When viewing a photo or story you will notice a new comment area within the mobile app, here you will see comments from others and be able to leave comments of your own.

US iPad Comments

Comments View
The new comments section provides a running history of the new comments that have been left on photos and stories I your tree,  making it easy for you to keep up to date on the latest comments. When you see a comment that you would like to see in full context or respond to, silly tap; you will be taken to the photo or story that the comment was made on and be able to review the entire comment thread associated with the content.

Badges
You may notice a new red badge with a number in it that shows up on the Ancestry app icon. This lets you know that you have new hints or comments to review. We have also included badges on the icons representing the hint and comment sections which allow you to know exactly where the new content can be found.

Notifications
If you have enabled the Ancestry App to send you push notifications you will now be notified when the very best new hints or comments are available. When you are ready to view the new hint or comment, simply tap; the app will open and you will be taken dirtily to the hint or comment.

Tree Viewer Enhancements
In addition to family and pedigree views, you can now view your family tree in a list view. From this view you can filter the list of tree persons by name or using a number of useful filters (Direct Ancestors, End of Line, Living Relatives, People with Hints, and People with Recent Hints). We’ve also added a dedicated person search within the pedigree and family views. Tapping on the search icon In the top left corner of the tree viewer will allow you to enter the name of the person you are looking for. When you see the person you are looking for, simply tap; the tree will be refocused on this person and you will be taken directly to his or her profile details.

Navigation
We’ve simplified and updated the navigation within app. You will notice prominent tabs along the bottom of the app for Hints, Comments, Tree, DNA, and Settings. Getting around the app will now be quicker and easier than ever.

US iPad Timeline

In addition to the major updates highlighted above we have worked on smaller touches within the app that enhance the overall experience. As you use the app in more depth you will likely notice other changes like: quick links to web content, side-by-side comparisons between tree and record data, quick access to profile information from hints, and updated colors and styling.

We hope that the new version 6.0 app experience will be a good one, and that the Ancestry Mobile App will become an ever more integral part of your Ancestry experience. If you have ideas, thought s or questions please feel free to submit feedback by tapping on the “Feedback” tab within the Settings section of the app.

 

Finn Larson

Finn Larson joined Ancestry in the spring of 2012 as a Senior Product Manager with focus on social integrations. About a year into his employment he jumped at the opportunity to join the Ancestry mobile app team, and has been working on both the iOS and Android apps for the two years. Finn is a firm believer in - and advocate for - the unique capabilities that mobile devices bring to the process of completing family history research.

13 Comments

  1. Dale Wingo

    Using the google chrome browser your lines of text are not wrapping dynamically when the window size changes making it very hard to read. Any chance you can address this?

    Dale Wingo – member.

  2. Dale Wingo

    My bad – it not the browser its when I view the Google maile app to view it. It does work if I use the Chrome browser.

  3. Toni

    Prioritized your web site! It’s extremely annoying to have “technical difficulties” every third day. The days that you aren’t having technical difficulties you are doing maintenance. Can’t you do that at 2:00 in the morning instead of during the day/evening?

  4. I had Ancestry.com on my apple devices already. Now with the update, I am missing people.When I called, they told me to remove Ancestry.com from my devices. I have, over and over and over. I did not work. Now I’m at a total loss as to what to do. Can anyone help me??

  5. Chris Wayman

    Can you please tell me how I can also be notified on my computer when comments are made on a person in my tree? I love this feature on the mobile app. Strangely, I don’t get a notification by email from Ancestry re: comments as I do with messages and can’t see anywhere on the website where I can choose this option.

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