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Ancestry's updated Hint interface

Discussion in 'Online family trees' started by jorghes, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    Wasn't sure where to put this, but when I logged on this morning and started my usual clearing of nefarious Ancestry hints which had arisen overnight, I noticed that Ancestry had updated the appearance of hints - but only on the person's page.

    It looks interesting, may help to sift through rubbish in the future - anyone else have any thoughts.

    (Wasn't sure where to put this, as it isn't an error... if it needs to be moved, please shift it!)
  2. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    Looks different from what I remember, but it's so infrequently that I look at Ancestry hints that I can't be sure what was there before. Does anyone have before and after screenshots?
  3. Helen7

    Helen7 LostCousins Star

    I can't see any difference. How have they changed?
  4. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member


    So the old hints looked approximately like this - which is the way they still appear if you click the “view all hints” option:


    Now, when I click through to the person - in this case, Alfred William O, I receive more information about the hint and how it relates to my tree... and it’s even colour coded (red for different to my information and green for new information, no colour if it’s exactly the same):


    So I can see at a glance that perhaps that marriage record is correct, while I’d have to think further about the 1911 census record.
  5. Helen7

    Helen7 LostCousins Star

    That's interesting. I just get the old-style hints, whether in 'view all hints' or in the individual person's hints page. The new-style hints do look more useful, but I can't see them (either at ancestry.co.uk or ancestry.com)
  6. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    Hmm... that seems strange to me. The only thing I can think of is that it might be attached to the “TreeTags” feature, which I enabled in the Ancestry Lab, which is the only other beta feature I enabled recently.

    I am usually on .com.au, but that means nothing - my link keeps swopping to .com half the time.
  7. Helen7

    Helen7 LostCousins Star

    I hadn't enabled this. I've just done so, but there is no change in my hints. Do you need to have 'tagged' a person for the new-style hints to appear?
  8. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    No, but the hints didn’t change immediately if that was the trigger.
  9. Heather

    Heather LostCousins Member

    I cannot see them either Helen, where is the " tree tags " feature please jorghes?
  10. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    The "Tree Tags" are found in the "Ancestry Lab" within the "Extras" menu.
  11. Heather

    Heather LostCousins Member

    Thanks jorghes, found it, never been in the "extras" before, you learn something every day. :rolleyes:
  12. At home in NZ

    At home in NZ LostCousins Member

    Personally I wouldn't hesitate to ignore the census record.

    I am sick and tired of the sheer number of Hints and irrelevance of so many and wondering how other users put up with them.

    About a month ago I created a new tree out of an existing tree and the intention is to not update it because I am updating the original tree.

    The new tree has 873 people in it and now has 1,678 hints!

    The original tree has over 5,000 hints.

    If I examined each and every one of them I would never get any actual research done.

    When I click 'view people with hints' in the home page, in all of my trees the hints are displayed in the old style but when I click on an individual they are displayed in the new style.

    I still prefer the previous style of display for the All Hints page, where you could see at a glance how may hints there were against a person and the list of hints did not use so many pages.

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