Since this is my first post to the Ancestry blog, let me start out by introducing myself. My name is David Graham and I’m the product manager responsible for the community areas of the website, which include the different tools you use to connect with each other and to help each other on Ancestry.com.
My first exposure to family history years ago was helping my grandmother do data entry as she moved from a paper tree to a digital one. As I’ve gotten more involved in family history and interacted with more people in the family history community I have found that the interest and passion is definitely contagious! I’m always amazed and inspired by how helpful the family history community is, whether it is reaching out on the Message Boards, sharing research, or just sharing research tips and tricks.
I just wanted to quickly let everyone know about a new feature we’ve introduced on the Message Boards. We now automatically recognize last names included in message board posts and offer special links to additional surname resources.
These links will look different than direct hyperlinks that members may include in their posts, and will not interfere with any hyperlinks in the message. When you move your mouse over the linked last name you will get links to the surname message board for that last name and to a special page offering family history facts and resources for the surname.
Here’s what it looks like:
We hope that giving quick links to these resources makes it easier to find all the valuable information available to help you research your family history. If you have any specific feedback about this new feature please email it to feedback @ ancestry.com. We hope to be able to make improvements based on your feedback. I also hope we can continue to do more to improve your experience connecting with each other and working together in this great online community.