Today, I was asked to publish this statement from the Ancestry.com Product Team:
In an effort to continually improve your experience on Ancestry.com, we are asking for feedback on our search function. Our plan is first to gather feedback from our core users. We will take all of that feedback into account when we are merging the functionality of Old Search and current search into a consolidated search experience.
You can take the survey here: http://ancestry.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8ubNXU8IiQcxqVD.
Many of the recent concerns and comments have cited functionality that actually exists in current search, as well as in old search – specifically:The video is available at http://youtu.be/c423yU5Ccs0 or you can click on the video player below:
Crista Cowan has a great educational video which demonstrates this functionality in the current search experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c423yU5Ccs0.
- Our current search experience allows users to view search results as a list of ranked records or as a consolidated list of categories.
- Our current search experience allows users to do “Exact Match” searches.
- Our current search experience allows users to specify a “Collection Priority” to filter results by country.
We also have a helpful article which does a side-by-side explanation of how to achieve the same types of results with the current search as in Old Search: http://ancestry.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5569/kw/old.
The Ancestry.com Product Team