Ancestry.com.au Blog » Ancestry App http://blogs.ancestry.com/au A hundred years of naming conventions flushed down the toilet Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:05:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Ancestry iOS App Gets a Whole New Look and Feel With Some Great New Featureshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2013/09/20/ancestry-ios-app-gets-a-whole-new-look-and-feel-with-some-great-new-features/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2013/09/20/ancestry-ios-app-gets-a-whole-new-look-and-feel-with-some-great-new-features/#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:13:29 +0000 Ancestry.com.au http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/?p=2000 We are excited to announce our latest update to the FREE Ancestry iOS app for the iPad and iPhone. This update brings a bright new look that feels right at home on Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system. Now you can easily add your living relatives to your tree using Facebook, read through your ancestors’… Read more

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We are excited to announce our latest update to the FREE Ancestry iOS app for the iPad and iPhone. This update brings a bright new look that feels right at home on Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system. Now you can easily add your living relatives to your tree using Facebook, read through your ancestors’ life events in story-like narratives, and dive into historical events that your ancestors lived through. Other new features include the ability to correct relationships in your tree and attach photos to life events.

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Building your tree with Facebook

First of all, let’s put some concerns to rest—if you connect to Facebook using the app, we never post to Facebook on your behalf, and information from your family tree is never shared on Facebook. That said, this feature is a convenient and fun way to add living relatives to your tree or photos for living people already in your tree.

After you connect to Facebook we look for matches between the people in your tree and your friends on Facebook. If we find a match, you’ll see a screen like this pop up where you can confirm your matches.

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We also look for people who are not in your tree. If we find relatives on Facebook who are not in your tree we show them as suggestions. Tap on them to either add them to your tree (Keep) or remove them (Ignore).

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Historical facts

We insert historical facts into your ancestors’ timeline to shed some light on what was going on in the world when they were alive. You can tap on these to view other historical events from a decade.

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Type-ahead menu

The type-ahead menu is handy when adding living people to your tree or if you need to correct a relationship.

  • Adding living people: When adding someone to your tree, if that person is a friend on Facebook or saved in your contacts list, a type-ahead menu will appear so you can easily add their info. The icon next to the name in the menu indicates where the info is coming from.
  • Correcting a relationship: If the person you are adding is already in your tree, you will see their name in the type-ahead menu with a little “family tree/pedigree” icon. To correct a relationship, start adding a new person where the relationship should be and select the person with the wrong relationship from the type-ahead menu. This will break the old relationship and define a new one.

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Attach photos to life events

It’s easy to attach photos to life events. Tap on the event in a person’s timeline to view the details. From here, you can tap the “Add Media and Sources” button to view the event gallery. Then tap “Add Photo” to take a new photo, choose from photos saved on your camera roll, or pick from photos already saved to that person in your tree. Photos attached to events will appear on the timeline.

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Layout changes

We moved a few things around to improve the layout of the app. Tap on the menu button to get to your list of trees, tree view, tree settings, people lists, and account info.

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We hope you enjoy the new update. If you haven’t installed or updated to the latest version, you can get it FREE in the iTunes App Store.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback about the update or the app in general. Please feel free to comment below.

The Ancestry Mobile Apps Team

Don’t have an Apple iOS device?  We have an Android app as well!

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Introducing Shoebox From Ancestry – A Scanner in Your Pockethttp://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2013/09/06/introducing-shoebox-from-ancestry-a-scanner-in-your-pocket/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2013/09/06/introducing-shoebox-from-ancestry-a-scanner-in-your-pocket/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 01:13:36 +0000 Ancestry.com.au http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/?p=1983 We’re excited to introduce Shoebox from Ancestry – a mobile scanner that allows you to upload photos directly to your family tree on Ancestry.com.au. There has never been a simpler, faster, and more beautiful way to scan your old photos. Shoebox puts a powerful photo-scanner in your pocket. Just take a picture of an old… Read more

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We’re excited to introduce Shoebox from Ancestry – a mobile scanner that allows you to upload photos directly to your family tree on Ancestry.com.au. There has never been a simpler, faster, and more beautiful way to scan your old photos.

Shoebox puts a powerful photo-scanner in your pocket. Just take a picture of an old paper photo with your iPhone or Android camera, and our edge detection and perspective-correction technology will make sure that your scans turn out beautifully.

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What You’ll Find on ShoeBox 3.0

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You can now use your Ancestry.com.au credentials to log into Shoebox. You can also sign up for a free account through the app.

Tag family members

Our face detection tells you when it spots a person so you can tag them in your photo. Tag people in your family trees and your photos will automatically upload to Ancestry.com.au.

Simpler, faster, and more beautiful

We’ve totally overhauled our design to make it cleaner and more intuitive. We’ve made your photos larger and faster than ever.

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The Shoebox app is available for download on iTunes and the Android Market. You can scan an unlimited amount of photos and it’s totally free!

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Ancestry app for Android is among Google’s Best of the Best of 2012http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2013/01/07/ancestry-app-for-android-is-among-googles-best-of-the-best-of-2012/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2013/01/07/ancestry-app-for-android-is-among-googles-best-of-the-best-of-2012/#comments Mon, 07 Jan 2013 00:42:23 +0000 Ancestry.com.au http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/?p=1817 ORIGINALLY AUTHORED BY AARON ORR, ANCESTRY.COM Every year Google reviews thousands of apps and selects their top picks—we’re pleased to share that our Ancestry app for Android is one of Google’s top picks of 2012! A recent update to the Ancestry app for Android introduced hints so members can make new family discoveries from the… Read more

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ORIGINALLY AUTHORED BY AARON ORR, ANCESTRY.COM

Every year Google reviews thousands of apps and selects their top picks—we’re pleased to share that our Ancestry app for Android is one of Google’s top picks of 2012!

A recent update to the Ancestry app for Android introduced hints so members can make new family discoveries from the convenience of their phone or tablet. The app automatically syncs with members’ trees on Ancestry.com.au so they can view or update their tree anywhere.

It’s an honor to be one of Google’s top picks, but we’re not finished yet. We still have a lot of plans to improve the mobile experience and a list of feature requests from our members to work through.

A big thanks to the product and development teams who played a part in the apps making.

Download our FREE app today.

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New: Version 4 of the Ancestry.com.au app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch!http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2012/09/03/new-version-4-of-the-ancestry-com-au-app-for-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2012/09/03/new-version-4-of-the-ancestry-com-au-app-for-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch/#comments Mon, 03 Sep 2012 05:37:53 +0000 Ancestry.com.au http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/?p=1592 ORIGINALLY AUTHORED BY BRENDAN NEISH, ANCESTRY.COM We’re really excited about the new version of our iPhone and iPad app. We hope you like it as much as we do! Let’s take a closer look… First you’ll probably notice that we have a new look to the entire app. Hopefully you think it’s as warm and inviting as we… Read more

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ORIGINALLY AUTHORED BY BRENDAN NEISH, ANCESTRY.COM

We’re really excited about the new version of our iPhone and iPad app. We hope you like it as much as we do!

Let’s take a closer look…

First you’ll probably notice that we have a new look to the entire app. Hopefully you think it’s as warm and inviting as we do :)

The new family tree viewer

Below you can see a new family tree viewer. The idea is to make interacting with your family tree more like interacting with a map or a photo. Pinching zooms in and out. Swiping moves the entire tree. We also wanted to show more relatives. The old viewer only showed direct lines, but this new viewer includes an option to show grandchildren, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Some users miss the old version of the tree viewer and have expressed concern about it being no longer available. We’re listening to this feedback and are working on improvements they are requesting (for example, we plan to remove grandchildren from the Pedigree View in the next update to make it easier to see your whole tree). But we hope that your experience is the same as ours has been – the new viewer requires some time to get used to, but once you’ve spent some time on it, we think you’ll fall in love with the additional functionality and intuitive navigation. Play with it for a while and let us know what you think.

Working with the new family tree viewer

The top arrow in the image below is pointing to a “new person node” that can be tapped to add a new person to your tree. The green node at the bottom is the person who is currently selected – the relationships shown in the tree are built around this “focus person.” If you tap on someone else in the tree, their node will turn green and the tree will redraw with them as the new focus person. If you tap on the focus person again, a panel slides out with their personal information. This panel includes hints, life events, family members, photos, and evidence (records).

The viewer shows 2 generations below the focus person (grandchildren) and 3 generations above the focus person (great grandparents). To see more generations above or below the current focus person, simply tap on a person near the top or bottom of the tree.

See the green shaky leaves below? These are hints that may lead to valuable records for that person. If you tap on the leaf itself, you’ll be taken directly to a list of record hints for that person.

Toggling between the Family View and the Pedigree View

The icons in the green rectangle below allow you to toggle between two modes in the tree viewer.

The icon on the left is the Family View that shows siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The icon on the right is the Pedigree View that shows direct ancestors only.

Using filters to sort through people in your family tree

The “3 bar” icon in the top left of the screen opens a list of all the people in your family tree. If you begin typing in the search bar, the list below automatically updates based on what you’re typing. This is very helpful if you are looking for someone specific in a large tree.

In addition, by tapping “All People,” you have access to a variety of useful filters. For example, Direct Ancestors will update the list of people to show only people directly related to the tree’s home person, and the End of Line filter helps you find areas of your tree that need more research.

The bottom two options will show a list of people in your tree that have hints or only those that have received new hints in the last 7 days.

Where was I? Getting back to where you started.

Imagine that you’ve been randomly tapping on people in a very large tree and have gotten lost. We have a couple options for you… One is to hit the back icon. This will take you back in time (by changing the focus person) until you recognize where you are. Additionally, because you’ve read this far into this long blog post, here’s a little secret: tap on the back button and hold your finger down for a couple of seconds. A history menu will pop up that shows you a list of people you’ve looked at, starting with the most recent.

In addition to the back icon, tapping the home icon will take you back to the home person.

Trees, settings, and support

By tapping on the tree name at the top of the screen, you’ll get a menu with 3 options: Family Trees, Account Settings, and Support.

Family Trees shows you a complete list of trees that you have access to based on the username you signed in with. The tree currently displayed in the app is noted with a checkmark. Trees that have been downloaded to the app have an arrow in a green circle next to them. Tapping this circle allows you to change settings for that specific tree, including privacy, notifications, home person, and the ability to designate who you are in the tree so that the app can show you how you’re related to anyone in the tree. If you want to see a tree that hasn’t been downloaded, just tap it. We’ve worked hard to speed up the tree download, so unless you have a super giant tree, it shouldn’t take too long.

Account Settings allows you to see your membership information, displays your user name, and allows you to log out. If you do not have a membership, you can access membership options via the app by tapping here.

Support allows you to send us a suggestion, email our support personnel, or call our amazing folks in Member Services.

Well that about covers it. We really hope you enjoy the new app. We’ve worked hard to provide a great family history experience for the ever-growing number of customers with mobile devices.

Spend some time getting familiar with the new version and then let us know what you think…  What do you like about the new app? What new features would you like to see next? Let us know our on Facebook Wall.

Thanks for your support!

-The Ancestry Mobile Team

Don’t have an Apple iOS device?  Don’t worry, we have an Android app as well.

For more information, or to download either the iOS or Android app, visit www.ancestry.com.au/ancestry-app.

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The Ancestry.com.au Android app is here!http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2012/01/04/the-ancestry-com-au-android-app-is-here/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2012/01/04/the-ancestry-com-au-android-app-is-here/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2012 00:51:55 +0000 Ancestry Australia and New Zealand http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/?p=1409 Authored by Kendall Hulet, Ancestry.com For all of our Ancestry.com.au users that have been patiently waiting for an Android app, your wait is over! We’re happy to announce the launch of our new Android app. Download the app now. The new Ancestry.com.au app for Android phones and tablets allows you to interact with your Ancestry.com.au… Read more

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For all of our Ancestry.com.au users that have been patiently waiting for an Android app, your wait is over! We’re happy to announce the launch of our new Android app.

Download the app now.

The new Ancestry.com.au app for Android phones and tablets allows you to interact with your Ancestry.com.au family tree while on the go. Not only can you view and edit your existing family trees, but you can also build new family trees from scratch, add new family members, edit their information, add and edit life events, and view historical records that have been attached on Ancestry.com.au –anytime, anywhere. You never know where or when you’ll make a new discovery. It’s like having your entire family tree in your pocket!

Here’s what you can do with the new Android app:

  • View your family tree on your Android phone or tablet (you can easily zoom in or out to see anywhere from 2 to 5 or more generations)
  • Start a new family tree or add to an existing one easily
  • View life events and family members for the ancestors in your tree
  • Add, edit and delete people, life events and facts
  • Easily locate any ancestor in your family tree with our handy search tool
  • View historical documents and indexed information that you’ve attached to your family tree on Ancestry.com.au
  • Many more features (like photos) coming soon… stay tuned!

To get started, download the Ancestry.com.au Android app here.

The iOS version of the Ancestry.com.au app is also available. Find out more.

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Version 3 of Ancestry.com.au App Out Nowhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2011/12/13/version-3-of-ancestry-com-au-app-out-now/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2011/12/13/version-3-of-ancestry-com-au-app-out-now/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 00:05:43 +0000 Ancestry Australia and New Zealand http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/?p=1396 Authored by Kendall Hulet from Ancestry.com   Wouldn’t it be great to be able to view and merge Ancestry.com’s “shaky leaf” record hints into your family tree directly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod?  We thought so, too. We are pleased to announce the availability of an enhanced version 3 of our free Ancestry iPhone, iPad and iPod… Read more

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Wouldn’t it be great to be able to view and merge Ancestry.com’s “shaky leaf” record hints into your family tree directly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod?  We thought so, too. We are pleased to announce the availability of an enhanced version 3 of our free Ancestry iPhone, iPad and iPod app, that now offers several new features:
  • Ability to access Ancestry.com.au’s “shaky leaf” hints for new discoveries of historical records about your ancestors directly in the app
  • Merge functionality that identifies and extracts information about family members from historical records to help you grow your tree
  • In-app purchasing, allowing non-subscribers to access record hints without a subscription
  • Improved ability to add information to photos
  • Ability to easily change your family tree privacy settings
  • A more stable app with better performance

Don’t have an Apple iOS device?  Don’t worry, our Android app is in beta testing and will be available in late December for download.

For more information, or to download the app, visit our website.

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Android Beta Testers Neededhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2011/10/04/android-beta-testers-needed/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2011/10/04/android-beta-testers-needed/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 03:14:13 +0000 Ancestry Australia and New Zealand http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/?p=1291 We’ve been working hard on an Android version of the Ancestry mobile app, and we’re looking for Android users to help us test an early beta version. If you are interested in being a beta tester, regularly use an Android phone or tablet, and are an Ancestry.com.au subscriber, please click here to take a short… Read more

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We’ve been working hard on an Android version of the Ancestry mobile app, and we’re looking for Android users to help us test an early beta version. If you are interested in being a beta tester, regularly use an Android phone or tablet, and are an Ancestry.com.au subscriber, please click here to take a short survey. We will contact a small group of respondents that meet our requirements. Watch this space for future testing opportunities and announcements on the Android app’s progress.

Survey link: http://ancestry.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0TWfUEG80omFPgw

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Take your Ancestry.com.au family tree with you everywhere you gohttp://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2011/03/09/take-your-ancestry-com-au-family-tree-with-you-everywhere-you-go/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/2011/03/09/take-your-ancestry-com-au-family-tree-with-you-everywhere-you-go/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 06:01:49 +0000 Ancestry.com.au http://blogs.ancestry.com/au/?p=792 Our updated Ancestry app for iPhone®, iPod® Touch or iPad® gives you an even better way to take your Ancestry.com.au family tree with you. Now you can see your entire tree — not just names — in a more intuitive way. Using the app, just log in to your Ancestry.com.au account from anywhere to access… Read more

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Our updated Ancestry app for iPhone®, iPod® Touch or iPad® gives you an even better way to take your Ancestry.com.au family tree with you. Now you can see your entire tree — not just names — in a more intuitive way.

Using the app, just log in to your Ancestry.com.au account from anywhere to access your tree, edit information, upload photos, add a note — even add a long-lost family member. Plus, you can see shared trees and view records and source citations on the go.

Whether you’re a seasoned family history expert or just getting started with genealogy, this new app can help you grow your Ancestry.com.au family tree wherever and whenever you make discoveries.

With this helpful mobile tree tool, you can see all the family trees you’ve already created on Ancestry.com.au. Just download the free app from the iTunes store to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, log in to your Ancestry.com.au account and choose a family tree.

You can browse names in your tree or search for a specific person. Click on a relative to view, then edit or add vital information, immediate family members, life events, notes or new ancestors. You can even take photos of your relatives, historical documents, keepsakes, antiques, buildings and more with your iPhone and upload them directly to your tree.

Just discovered a treasure trove of family heirlooms at your second cousin’s house? Take pictures and upload them to your tree with stories about each one. Found a forgotten family member’s headstone as you traverse an 18th century cemetery? Add this new person and upload an image of their gravesite. Now when you’re on the go, your family tree – and all your family history – goes with you.

Download the Ancestry app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

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