Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday Mailbox: Ancestry.com Linking Images to Tree

The Ancestry Insider's Monday MailboxDear readers,

Ancestry.com responded with more information to my article about linking images to persons in your member tree (see “Ancestry.com Adds Linking Tool to FamilySearch Collection”).

Dear Ancestry Insider,

Thanks for highlighting one of our new features in your recent post. The ability to save non-indexed images to someone in your Ancestry.com member tree has generally been well received.

As you note, the feature isn’t yet available for all non-indexed collections. The emphasis has been on supporting the new collections on which Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org have partnered. Until those collections are indexed and can be saved through the standard methods, we wanted to provide a way for them to be saved. As we process those collections, we do a bit of behind-the-scenes work to enable this feature. For some of our existing collections, we need to re-process the databases to enable this capability. We usually test these features out before rolling live across the site to give time to make tweaks in response to our member’s feedback.

However, the feature is enabled for many of our collections that have an OCR (optical character recognition) index, typically newspapers and the family histories. These collections usually did not save effectively to a person in your tree. We are also looking to expand this to other collection types that don’t always works well with the standard save process.

Thank you again for showcasing this feature. I am happy to answer questions about any Image Viewer or Search that you may have.

Regards,
Jim Mosher
Ancestry.com Product Management

Dear Jim,

Thanks for your message. It’s good to hear that this cool feature will be extended to other collections,

Signed,
---The Ancestry Insider

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