Just to introduce myself, I’m Jen Curry, a product manager here at Ancestry. Last month I started working full-time on the maps feature, which is why this post is coming from me instead of Kenny. As most of you know, last November we launched a new feature to Ancestry Member Trees which allows you to see the life events of an ancestor in your tree on a map. Thanks to the numerous comments and feedback on the new feature, we’ve made a few improvements.
Improved Place Finding
We’ve improved how the map finds and displays locations. Now, if you search for a place, the map does a much better job of finding the correct location and placing the pin where it should be. Additionally, we’ve improved the software’s ability to find international locations. Now, when I click on my great-grandfather’s birth location, a pin is placed on the city of St. Helier, Channel Islands, UK. Before the improvement, the mapping feature wasn’t able to find St. Helier.
Move A Life Event Pin
A number of people asked for the ability to move a pin to a different location and we’ve added that as well. When you click on a life event pin on the map, you’ll now see a link that says “move pin”. After you click the link, the pin will get a little bigger and another message window will open, allowing you to “save” or “cancel” if you move the pin. You can now click on the pin while holding the left mouse button and drag it to the new location.
When you have it where you want it, click the “save” button to keep the pin in the new location. If you change your mind, click the “cancel” button and the pin will return to the original location. After you’ve saved the pin to a new location, the pin will appear in the new location the next time you come back to that event.
Suggestions or Feedback?
As mentioned in the previous post regarding the mapping feature, we welcome feedback and suggestions for improvement. We have some great plans for the maps feature and we want to know that we’re heading in the right direction, so please let us know what you think by adding a comment.