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# Wednesday, June 17, 2009
New Networking Features Coming Soon to Ancestry.com
Posted by Diane

I got a preview yesterday of Ancestry.com’s new Member Connect feature, a collection of social networking tools that will roll out in the next month or two along with the new image viewer.

The idea behind Member Connect, explained Ancestry.com product manager David Graham, is to put you in touch with others who are interested in the same family lines.

Some aspects, such as being able see who's commented on records, are similar to those on records site Footnote.

Member connect has a few components integrated into Ancestry.com searches and family trees:
  • When you search and view a record, you'll see member names of Ancestry.com users who’ve edited the record (for example, by entering an alternate transcription of the name), or saved the record to a tree or shoebox.
You’ll also get suggestions for related message boards (such as the Roberts surname board for your search on Jeremiah Roberts) and people who’ve listed related research interests in their profiles (for example, others looking for Robertses in Muncie, Ind.). Then you can visit that person’s tree or contact him through the site.
  • A tab in your Ancestry.com member tree will show you other members’ ancestors who may match people in your tree. If the match looks promising, a Connect button links the trees and shows you more details—including buttons highlighting new or conflicting information. You can remove the connection altogether, or click the buttons to decide what to do with each fact: keep the new information out of your tree, it as an alternate fact, or use it to replace your information.
You also can contact the member with the matching tree through Ancestry.com to thank him or ask about any errors. This way, the “good data” in Ancestry.com trees will become more prominent than erroneous data, Graham says.
  • As you link to others’ trees, you build a network of researchers—called “connections”—who share your genealogical interests. More tabs show you your connections’ activity related to people common to both trees, including updated information and records and new records added.
Graham promises Ancestry.com will respect your privacy if you don’t want people to see whether you’ve saved a record to your shoebox or added someone new to your tree. You’ll be able to set privacy preferences in your account profile.

People on your trees whom Ancestry.com believes are living (no death date and born less than a hundred or so years ago) won’t show up as potential matches.

Update: We've added Member Connect screen shots and a link to Ancestry.com's preview page here.


Ancestry.com | Social Networking
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 1:21:07 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [5]
Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:03:04 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
My experience with an Ancestry.com online public tree was unfavorable. When I realized people I didn't know were changing my online tree information, it took serious time to correct birth and death dates. I NEVER record a date that I can't confirm, validate or otherwise document with family letters and photographs. It was disarming to find my online information altered by people I didn't know.

I appreciate what Ancestry.com is trying to achieve, but I think it's wrong for others to have editing access to anyone's work without first asking for permission via emails or challenging the information thru emails.
Judith Sabo
Friday, June 19, 2009 12:35:25 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi, Judith,
People can't edit your Ancestry.com family tree without your permission--you would have to designate someone as an editor before they can change your tree. See this information on Personal Member Trees from the Help menu: http://ancestry.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/ancestry.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=2267

Diane
Diane
Thursday, June 25, 2009 6:18:31 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Intriguing member changes. One off-topic question: Italians migrated to this country and others -- in droves -- during the late 19th and early 20th century. Many Ancestry.com members are attempting to research grandparents and great-grandparents who were born in Italy and migrated elsewhere. Others would like to connect our Italian families with Italians who remained behind. I don't understand why so very few records from Italy are available on Ancestry.com. When, for example, can we expect to see records of births, marriages and deaths from the different communes in Piemonte?
Debra Durbin
Thursday, June 25, 2009 11:51:51 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I have not been successful at making contact with either of the two people that I have tried to contact on Ancestry's Family Trees. I think the contact feature is very confusing as to how it works. Or, people are ignoring the messages. I really would like to have a tutorial from Ancestry. I have a very hard time navigating their site.
Diane
Diane Nielson
Friday, June 26, 2009 8:46:07 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I have a question about old facts that are locked into Ancestry Family Trees. When I first started doing my ancestry I used a different log in name and I have discovered some of the info I entered there is not correct ...... How do I get those old post out of there ?????
Along with my old log in name and email address? I entered allot and it seems there has to be a way to get it out of there .
Thanks for anyones help.
Pat
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