This news is a bit old (17 August 2016), but things have been hectic the past four weeks, so I’ve only now been able to publish it.
Dear Ancestry Insider,
After watching closely for months and noticing that the individuals in my public tree on Ancestry.com with attached records and sources were still not showing up in the public tree search results, I called the customer-service line. I was very disappointed to learn that Ancestry.com has not updated the index to the public trees since February 2nd. This is completely unacceptable. Many Ancestry.com subscribers have over six months of research that is not accessible to others. Ancestry.com emphasizes the importance of collaborating and sharing with others. Thus, I do not understand why the public tree index has not been updated.
Jim Mosher, who is with Ancestry Product Management, posted about this on May 5th. Still nothing has been done to update the public trees index. http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.ancestry.ancsite/14714.3/mb.ashx
I am hoping you can help with this significant problem.
This is Ancestry’s response:
We've been working hard to make Ancestry Member Trees better for everyone by updating its underlying systems. Because of this, the privacy status of trees that have changed from public to private (or vice versa) may not be shown correctly in the index at this time.
We expect to have this issue fixed by early September. Be aware that regardless of how a tree appears in the index, private trees are available only to owners and those they invite to view their trees.
Read more about how we protect family tree privacy.
“Updating its underlying systems” seems to be the key phrase here. Ancestry doesn’t publish the size of their public tree database, but I assume it is two to four billion records. We shouldn’t be surprised that it is bursting at the seams and needs to be replaced.
The Ancestry Insider