The BYU and FGS 2014 conferences and their aftermath have kept me busy. Things are settling a bit and I’m starting to empty my in box. At the top of the box is news that Ancestry.com has updated their mobile phone app. Here are some of the noteworthy features of version 6.0:
The Ancestry App can show a list of all the hints from your tree. Sort the list so that the best hints are shown at the top, or so that the most recent ones are at the top. Filter hints by surname and type (photo, story, or record).
The Ancestry App can show a list of the most recent comments made about your contributions. Click on one to see it in the context of your tree. From there, respond with a comment of your own.
Version 6.0 includes badges and notifications. It allows you to view a list of ancestors, filtered by name and other characteristics: direct ancestors, end of line, living relatives, people with hints, and people with recent hints.
Ancestry.com is advancing the technology of genealogy mobile apps and was recently granted a patent for technology used in older versions of the app. Ancestry.com applied for the patent back in 2011 and the government granted it on 1 July 2014. (If you’re familiar with patents, have a technical bent, and want to see something humorous, take a look at the abstract of the patent.)
For more information about version 6.0 of the Ancestry Mobile App, see “Ancestry Mobile iOS 6.0 Release Now Available.” For more information about the Ancestry.com patent, see “Ancestry.com Awarded Patent for Displaying Pedigree Charts on a Touch Device.”