Here is the announcement:
Over the past year, we have been conducting extensive research and testing to gather user feedback on our existing Ancestry website and to identify critical pain points.
As a result, we have been working on a groundbreaking initiative to evolve the Ancestry website to meet the needs of our users. We will introduce a new and improved Ancestry experience that makes it easier for anyone to discover and tell the rich, unique story of their family.
The improved Ancestry website includes:
- A new LifeStory view to transform your ancestors’ facts and events into engaging, unique stories
- A new, intuitive, modern look to streamline your work flows and make your family story the focus
- Historical Insights to discover significant historical events that your ancestors may have experienced
- A new Facts View to make it easier to validate facts with sources, and edit and review facts contextually
We will be showcasing the Ancestry beta at RootsTech, . Visitors to the Ancestry booth will be able to opt in to participate in the beta.
- A new Media Gallery where you can consolidate all your media in one place
For those not at RootsTech who would like to be invited to the beta, visit this link to request to be on the waitlist: http://home.ancestry.com/beta We will be inviting new participants off the waitlist to join the beta over the next few months.
Clicking on the "Get Started" button takes you to your active Ancestry Member Tree, which has a different look from the previous web version:
If you run your mouse over one of the persons, a larger person summary appears:
Clicking on the person's name or the "Profile" button takes you to the profile. Below the person's name are four links - to "LifeStory," "Facts," "Gallery," and "Hints." In the upper right-hand corner are links to "Research" and "Edit".
On the LifeStory link:
The LifeStory starts with a summary paragraph about the person's vital dates and family members. Below that is a small relationship chart with spouse, children, and parents. Below that is a map that shows where vital record events took place.
Below the map a series of Events in the person's life, and some historical events, are listed. The date is in a purple circle on the left-hand side. There is a short paragraph describing each event, which can be edited, and the attached documents or photographs for the event are shown:
Some historical events are shown, but there are not many yet. Here is one on this profile:
The historical event story can be Reviewed or Ignored.
The LifeStory seems to concentrate on relationships to parents, spouses and children. The births of the children, the deaths of the parents or spouse, etc. are listed in chronological order.
If I highlight a source citation, you can see the link to the Fact and also have an "Edit" button to edit the source citation:
The "Media" link at the top of the page shows the Media items attached to the person in the tree:
The "Hints" link shows the Unreviewed Hints for the person, but you can click on the "Show" dropdown menu to go to the Ignored or Accepted Hints also.
I really like the LifeStory layout and content. I don't see a way to add another story to the Life Story page now, but I think it will be available at some point in time.
This feature essentially replaces the "Story View" that is available on the current Ancestry profile.
The new "Beta" version of Ancestry is live for me now, and I don't know the way back to the current site. I was part of a group that participated in two presentations and question/answer periods about the Beta, and was provided the opportunity to work with it during the past two weeks.
The message from Ancestry said people could volunteer to evaluate the Beta site but you'll probably be on the waitlist. They want feedback, and will be getting quite a bit of it at RootsTech 2015.
I'm sure that there will be more publicity about this over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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