Have you installed the latest 6.3 update for the Ancestry iOS app? At first glance after updating it may not look like much has changed, but try saving a record to your tree and you’ll discover that saving the record is a lot better now. Here’s what’s new…
The app is a lot smarter about matching information and people from the record to that in your tree. It’s now using the same logic as the website—this means you can expect the same high quality handling of your information whether saving from your phone, tablet, or desktop. If a person in the record is already in your tree, the app will make the match so you can save the record to them without creating a duplicate person. If it can’t find a match, you’ll see a NEW badge next to their name.
It may be helpful to understand how/when facts are preselected for you—the app will preselect new facts from the record for people already in your tree, but will never edit facts already in your tree unless you select the fact. Additionally, it will never preselect new people to be added to your tree.
Ever find yourself needing to edit the spelling of a name when saving a record? Or wanting to save the fact as an alternate to what’s already in your tree? Editing and alternate tools are now available in the app when saving a record. Select the information you’d like to save from the record, and then tap on the pencil icon to access the editing tools.
Easier to Compare
We hope the visual updates help you more easily compare the information from your tree to the record. Information from the record is placed side-by-side next to information from your tree. The app will bold differences and flag new information or people. Plus, from any screen you can view the record image by tapping the record thumbnail or review information about the person and their family by tapping on their name (in blue).
We hope these improvements make the app an even more powerful tool for your family history research. Your feedback has been a significant driver for this update, please continue to let us know where we can improve, and what not to change in the comments below.