Here's my list so far for Ancestry.com developers (for Ancestry.com, Rootsweb, Genealogy.com, Fold3, Family Tree Maker. I will probably update it before and during the conference as I think of more questions. I will try to post a summary of the answers, probably after the conference):
* When will you drop the Old Search capability in Ancestry.com?
* What happened to the Article Archive on the Learning Center? Will it disappear?
* Why doesn't the Search field on the Learning Center work better?
* Will the source citations created by attaching an historical record to a Member Tree ever comply with Chicago Manual Of Style or Evidence Explained style standards?
* Which states will be indexed first in the 1940 U.S. Census?
* Why don't you include Fold3.com matches in Ancestry.com search results? And vice versa? Especially the FREE collections.
* Have you considered a "package deal" for an Ancestry.com subscription and a Fold3 subscription?
* Why do you charge customers every year for a Family Tree Maker upgrade which has marginal changes from the previous version?
* Are you working with the BetterGEDCOM group or the GEDCOM X group on GEDCOM-like standards?
* Are there any historical record collections on Genealogy.com that are not on Ancestry.com?
* Is www.Mundia.com still a beta website under development? What are the plans for Mundia?
* Alice asked in Comments: Can you add a "private" or "public" options on media for private tree owners? Some people don't mind sharing media but don't want the whole world looking at your tree!
* Shirley asked in Comments: Why is Ancestry pushing those things [Family Data Collections Series, U.S. and International Marriage Series, Millenium File, One World Tree] to beginners as "RECORDS"? They have all kinds of nonsense like some passengers on the Mayflower were born in Plymouth in 1580, the usual children born before their parents, etc. Beginners are not being taught to click on and read censuses. They're being taught to copy from others. What about starting your beginners off on basics instead of directing them to trees that are often wrong?
* letzelfarm asked in Comments: Does Ancestry plan to allow its members to merge separate trees that are posted?
* Leaves of Heritage Genealogy noted in comments: What I want to see on Ancestry is better tools. I want to be able to make a note when I save something to my shoebox so that I can remember why I saved it in the first place. Also, I would like better search options and results. I would like to be able to search all but X, Y, or Z, etc.
Lastly, I wish they had a check mark box or some other way of marking a record that I've already reviewed. You know, maybe offer a red X for those that are not what you're looking for (negative searches), or a green for positive searches. Then when they continue to show up in my future searches, I won't waste my time revisiting the same darn records over and over!
If Ancestry.com personnel wish to answer the questions, I hope that they will comment also, and I will highlight their responses.
I hope to do this type of Question post for several other developers of genealogy databases, software and services. If readers have suggestions for other websites, please forward them to me as comments on this blog, or on Facebook or Google Plus. I will give credit to those who provide questions.
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Updated: 30 January, 9 a.m.