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Ancestry home page

Discussion in 'Ancestry problems' started by jpkc, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. jpkc

    jpkc LostCousins Member

    I used to navigate round ancestry by customising the home page to list links to the collections which I used most often. This was much quicker than using the card catalogue.

    A few days ago the home page completely changed, dominated by 2 large square images about DNA and no quick links or customisation facility.

    Has anyone else noticed this and can I protest somewhere?
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  2. Pauline

    Pauline LostCousins Star

    This kind of thing can happen temporarily, and there seem to be all kinds of intermittent technical issues with Ancestry at present.

    If it keeps happening every time you visit Ancestry then it could be a cookie issue, so if you haven't already done so, try logging out of Ancestry and then deleting all Ancestry cookies and history. Then try again.

    Something like this happened to me after setting up a free account for a relative's DNA test, and from then on it kept giving me the "guest account" home page instead of my own customised one. Deleting all Ancestry cookies etc sorted it.
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  3. jpkc

    jpkc LostCousins Member

    Thank you Pauline - I had recently added my wife's DNA to ancestry.

    I removed cookies from 12 different URL's, but my home page is now back unharmed.
  4. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    I found that switching to a different browser cured a lot of problems with Ancestry. To be fair I stress test Ancestry, logging into multiple Ancestry sites under multiple user names, all in the interests of research, so if anything can go wrong, it will.
  5. Bob Spiers

    Bob Spiers LostCousins Star

    I have just posted elsewhere (FTM syncing with Ancestry) about Ancestry Co.Uk. currently giving me problems in 'being unable to reach page'. This seems to happen whichever browser is chosen. However the bottom line (using Edge although I doubt that makes much difference) is for me then to open Ancestry.Com which seems to work each time. THEN after a short while, as if by magic, Co.Uk. also responds, not sure why or if it will always happen this way. On principle I tend to stay with Com, until the UK version opens without it's 'cannot reach page' sulk.
  6. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    I'm still using Opera to access Ancestry - it has proven very reliable (this may be because Opera has a built-in VPN).

    Most of the time I am using the DNA section of the website, and if use Chrome (usually my preferred browser) I frequently get the message "Oops. It looks like some data isn't loading. Some things may be missing on the page below. Try again in a few minutes."

    I can't guarantee that Opera will work for everyone, but definitely worth a try. Using Ancestry.com (as Bob suggested) also seems to work, so the problem could well be cookie-related (as others have suggested).
  7. Bob Spiers

    Bob Spiers LostCousins Star

    Thanks Peter, will give Opera a try I have it on two devices with pre-sets which are not genealogical related. Tried it this minute and yes it worked, so if that continues will use it for Ancestry full time.

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