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Re: What's Wrong With Ancestry.com?
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There used to be the option of clicking onto the SEARCH tab at the top of the page, and then a list & map of the State or Country pops up, and then you click onto the name of the State or Country, and up pops a list of all of the databases for that location. Since last weekend when Ancestry made their changes what happens when you click onto the State or Country, say North Carolina, up pops their new Card Catalog, with a total of some 8800 + databases, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with that State. If you even try to scroll through the pages (which takes at least 2 tries just to get past the first 25) you get even more databases that have nothing to do with what you are looking for. Trying to filter the search down by Name of Database or Keyword is useless because they leave out most of what you want for NC, and you get hundreds of titles of their family history books. Clicking onto the State link for the list of databases used to be the quickest and easiest way of finding specific databases, such as Birth or Marriage, or Death Databases, many of which are never on their most POPULAR list because apparently a lot of people aren't using them, or don't know about them. On their blogs, Ancestry has admitted they did eliminate this Option because they were having site -stability problems, and even the technicians who did the changes admit that they are finding it difficult to use the site themselves without the State pages. They've been hit with dozens of complaints about it, because apparently they didn't realize how much this would affect their subscribers, and they are looking for a fix. In the meanwhile, a lot of folks are very unhappy with them, this has made researching on their site an almost impossible situation for many because it takes up so much extra time trying to find the databases. I don't have a tree on Ancestry that I am building, although I do have editing rights for several of my friends that I'm helping them with, so I'm not sure how much this affects someone who looks for records by allowing their tree Search engines to look for records. I have my own trees uploaded through Rootsweb, which I update by making gedcoms. I mainly use Ancestry only for their databases that contain the records that I am looking for, and this puts a big damper on that.
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