I have added many different "Facts," "sources" and "Media" for my families in my RootsMagic 7 program, and have uploaded the GEDCOM file to Ancestry.com. The "Facts," "Sources," and "Media" that I have uploaded show up in the "Facts" list for a person in my Ancestry Member Tree.
1) For instance, here is the top of the "Facts" page (two screens shown) for my grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942):
When I entered information into my RootsMagic program, I used the "Census" Fact for the census enumerations because that Fact incorporates much more information than just a "Residence." It usually includes a name, an age, an occupation, immigration information, etc. and not just a residence.
2) The only images that show up in the LifeStory for my grandfather are Birth, Marriage, Death and Residence events.
But the "Census" Fact does not show up in the LifeStory list for some reason. The Census, World War I draft registration, occupation, burial, obituary and funeral Facts that I have entered along with source citations and media items for these Facts do not show up in the LifeStory.
There are probably other Facts that are in my Facts list for other persons in my tree that don't show up in the LifeStory. I don't know all of them.
I tested the "Residence" Fact to see if it would show up in the LifeStory. Here is the top of the LifeStory for my grandfather:
On the Fact list, I added a "Residence" Fact for the 1880 U.S. Census, then connected the existing media item and the source citation. I Saved the "Residence" Fact.
Then I went back to the LifeStory and sure enough the record image and the Fact information was now in the LifeStory:
3) Ancestry.com provides a long list of possible Facts that can be added to the Facts list of a person. Here is an image of the top of that list (you can see it by clicking on the "Add" button and then clicking on the "Select an event type" to see the list):
4) My question is: Why doesn't Ancestry.com use EVERY Fact type on the list to construct the LifeStory? Aren't these Fact types important in the life of the person?
I have the different Facts in my person profiles for a reason - they are events in the life of my person. In many cases, I have a Media item associated with the Fact which should show up on the LifeStory.
I know that the Census record will show up on the Fact list and on the LifeStory as a "Residence" Fact. But a record image attached to the Fact does not show up. For a Census record, the "Residence" is the only Fact that is added to the LifeStory. A Marital status note appears which is not very useful. No Occupation, or Age, or other Fact is added to the Fact list from a Census record.
Not every person attaches an Ancestry.com record to the Facts in their Ancestry Member Tree. On this particular tree, I don't do that because it is a "working tree" - one I upload occasionally as cousin bait.
5) One more thing. Yet the LifeStory of my grandfather has ZERO Historical Insights included. Why? My grandfather lived from 1876 to 1942. Surely there were some notable Historical Insights (the newest feature of the New Ancestry design) during this period - I can think of the Spanish-American War, election of about 10 Presidents, World War I, the 1918 Influenza pandemic, the Great Depression, the start of World War II, etc. (Yes, I checked the "Show historical insights" link to make sure).
6) I like the LifeStory concept, but the implementation to date is lacking, in my humble opinion. All of my Facts should be included, the Media items attached to those Facts should be included, and a reasonable number of Historical Events should be provided.
My opinion is that if you are going to create new features, and advertise the benefits of the new features, that they should be attractive, useful and helpful to the user, and especially to new users. It should be a "WOW" factor for users.
What do my readers think about this? Are you happy with the LifeStory feature two months after it was introduced?
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