I wrote about the Beta site in Ancestry Introduces Beta "Improved Website" - And A First Look (4 February 2015) and have been working with it occasionally.
1) The way to experience the new Ancestry.com website on your home page is to click on your subscriber name and then select "New Ancestry:"
That opens the advertising for the new website, claiming it is "reinvented:"
If you click on the blue "Try It Now" button you can see a quick tour with a number of slides describing the new features:
2) If you X out of the above, you get right into your Ancestry Member Tree in the "Family View:"
3) I clicked on my father, and saw his profile in my Ancestry Member Tree:
There are four main tabs in the person's name area -" LifeStory," "Facts," "Gallery," and "Hints," plus links for "Search records, "View in tree," and "Notes."
In the "Facts" tab in a profile, there are three columns - the left-hand one for "Facts," the middle one for "Sources," and the right-hand for "Family." I clicked on my father's name on the screen above, and the lines to sources for the name were shown in purple. The same thing happens for each Fact - the Fact is highlighted in purple, and the lines go to sources for the specific Fact.
If you run your mouse over a Fact, an "Edit" button appears and you can add or edit information for that Fact.
There is also an "Edit" button at the top right of the person's name area, and the user can "Save to Tree," "Edit Relationships," and "Delete Person."
There are some hidden "Research Tools" in the "Tools" button at the top right of the screen. Clicking on "Tools" shows you links to "Show in tree," "View Notes," "View Comments," "Merge with Duplicate," and "Hide Research Tools."
4) On the "LifeStory" tab, a short summary of vital records is printed (which can be edited), followed by a map showing where the life events occurred, and followed by life events, interspersed with historical events (only two screens shown below):
The user can ignore a specific "Historical Event" by clicking on the "Ignore" button below the photograph, or can ignore all of the "Historical Events" by clicking on the gear to the right of the profile's vital record summary.
5) I clicked on the "Gallery" tab and saw all of the Media items attached to the person profile.
6) Users can go back to the "Old Ancestry" by clicking on the user ID and selecting "Classic site" from the dropdown list:
7) Don't worry, everyone will be on the "new Ancestry experience" soon, according to the page that comes up when you give a reason:
Note the headline: "Soon the new Ancestry will be the only Ancestry."
I can hardly wait to hear all of the complaints about the new site color scheme, the typefaces, the additional white space, the features that aren't in the same place, etc.
The screen above notes "All the research and information you have now will be on the new Ancestry." I am relieved to hear that.
As long as all of the information I want is available in the "new Ancestry experience," I can deal with it. Change is not difficult for me. I think that the LifeStory is a big improvement over the earlier "Story View" but wish there were more "Historical Events" throughout the life of the person. I like the ability to Edit specific Facts, and to see which Sources support a Fact.
I haven't discussed in this post the rest of the Ancestry.com pages, but there seem to be no big changes other than the major tabs and the site colors (now black and blue" instead of "white and green"). I much prefer the "white and green" but it's not that important to me,
What do you think of the new Ancestry experience? Tell me in Comments. Ready, set, go!!!
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