1) On Comparing "Old Search" and "New Search" Results on Ancestry.com (28 June 2013):
* Denise Fischer said: "The reason you don't see much of a difference is that you do not have the Exact Matches box checked on the Old Search form. When you do, the list is much more compact, much easier to navigate and I find what I am looking for much faster."
* Andy Hatchett responded: "Denise, the 'Exact Match' boxes weren't checked in the NewSearch example so it was a fair test. Checking them in one test and not is the other is comparing apples to oranges -i.e. no test at all."
* I responded also: "I had "Exact Matches" unchecked for both the "New Search" and "Old Search" tests. The results are similar with "Exact Matches" checked as one would expect in 2013. I can do a test with "Exact Matches" checked if you want!"
* Geolover offered: "There also has been some discussion (some not nice) and an Ancestry staffer's input on an Ancestry.com message board, here:
"My issue is the extreme amount of empty space presented on New Search, requiring much scrolling to read them all. Therefore it takes longer to scan through and find possible real matches.
"When I use Old Search with exact matches checked I am presented with about 5 possible census collection matches, 5 birth, death etc collection matches, 5 military collection matches. This can be clicked through much more quickly."
"Maybe i'll post about that feature again - I last wrote about it in http://www.geneamusings.com/2013/05/ancestrycom-changes-search-results-page.html "
"I've found some interesting and unusual databases that I would never have seen using the usual types of search. There may be just a couple of hits in these databases and would be just lost in all the other hits."
"This particularly irritating in the first round of searching from a tree, when the search engine disregards bracketing by the individual's vital dates, and may include databases for wrong places that "match" only an initial letter of a first or middle name. So sensible searching from a tree in New Search always requires several search-refinement operations to begin to get something manageable. This can be frustrating."
"I think the New Search has caught up as far as results go, but the Old Search is still laid out in a more compact way. The little divisions between the category types and less space between each category makes it not only easier for me to read, but I can see more matches at a glance.
"One area where I do prefer the New Search is for newspapers since it gives a preview of each match, while the Old Search only gives the title."