The feedback we get from Ancestorian users is very important to us. Important for you, is that your feedback isn't just filed away for later perusal. Instead, we use your feedback and suggestions to continue making Ancestorian the easiest way to connect with family historians researching the same people and places as you.
Therefore, this week we have made quite a few adjustments to the way the site works... and also introduced some new features you suggested:
- Intuitive management of your place when on the place detail page
- GEDCOM import reports - a handy reference for working in your tree software
- A newsletter - to get notifications of new Blog posts and other helpful information
NEW: Place Management
When you view a place detail page - like the page for Boxford, Suffolk, England - if there are researchers in that place, you see their names along with some icons which identify where their knowledge comes from, if they have records, and whether they can visit or take photos.
If you are a researcher in that place - and you have made this public - you will see your own name and these icons on a row too. We've made your row light blue, so that it stands out. Until now, for you to change the icons in your place, you used the 'Place Management' pane in the sidebar on the right (pictured left).
One user, Sharon, kindly pointed out that it would be more intuitive if she could just click the icons in her row to to turn them on and off.
She was right, of course. So we have now added this feature to Ancestorian. Try it out on one of your public places today.
NEW: GEDCOM Import Reports
GEDCOM import reports are now saved and you can go back to review them any time with the GEDCOM Import Reports feature.
When you complete a GEDCOM import, a report is shown on the screen. This report tells you some basic statistics like how many people and places were found and then follows with a list of the places and a few extra details about them.
Ancestorian is trying to clean up the way place names are recorded in the industry. We strive to bring something of a standard and have based this around the place naming conventions that we have designed Ancestorian around.
Therefore, the list of places found in your report includes notes (in red) about possible structural errors or telling you what the assumed place name was.
Many users have told us these reports are very helpful for illuminating place name fixes they need to make in their tree software. They asked for access to these reports even after the import process has finished. This is what you can now find in the GEDCOM Import Reports section of Ancestorian.
Previously, the easiest way to get notified of new information at Ancestorian (these Blog posts etc) was to like our Facebook page or join the Facebook Users Group.
Not everyone uses or wants to use Facebook. So we have created a newsletter that we will send out with alerts to new information of special savings opportunities and developments in the family history industry.
You can subscribe to the newsletter here or fill in the little box on the right sidebar (just under your user stats). You don't have to be an Ancestorian member to subscribe but you also won't be able to enjoy many of the great features that we announce if you aren't active on the site.
Shrinking Features for More Space
You may notice that the newsletter box, your statistics box and the Facebook Page box (all in the sidebar on many of the site pages) have a new title area with an arrow in them. These are our new shrinking/hiding tools. Basically, you can hide any of these blocks by clicking the title area. At the moment, they are only hidden until you move to another page. But we may work on a way for Ancestorian to remember what you want to see for future visits too.
More of these titles with shrinking powers will appear on the site over the next days.
Our Work Goes On
Like gardening, building Ancestorian is a task that will likely never be complete. Every time another flower bed is cleared of weeds, we discover an area where we could maybe build a pond or plant a new shrub. Please continue to give us feedback and make suggestions about how we can - together with you - make Ancestorian even better.