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In light of the online
commentary over the impending discontinuation of Old Search, Ancestry.com has
set up a survey
to gather your feedback on the site’s search function.
Ancestry.com spokesperson Matthew Deighton said the company wants Old Search users
to know that it plans to preserve the functionality of the Old Search, and merge it
into one consolidated search experience.
In a note
to distributed to bloggers Friday, Ancestry.com asked users to take the survey.
It also linked to an educational
video about the current (aka “New”) search experience and to an
article with a side-by-side explanation of achieving the same results with New Search
as Old Search.
The note also says that some of the functions Old Search fans have lamented losing
are present in New Search (I added the bullets to this quote):
“Many of the recent concerns and comments have cited functionality that
actually exists in current search, as well as in old search—specifically:
- 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. “