In light of the online commentary over the impending discontinuation of Old Search, Ancestry.com has set up a survey to gather your feedback on the site’s search function.
Ancestry.com spokesperson Matthew Deighton said the company wants Old Search users to know that it plans to preserve the functionality of the Old Search, and merge it into one consolidated search experience.
In a note to distributed to bloggers Friday, Ancestry.com asked users to take the survey. It also linked to an educational video about the current (aka “New”) search experience and to an article with a side-by-side explanation of achieving the same results with New Search as Old Search.
The note also says that some of the functions Old Search fans have lamented losing are present in New Search (I added the bullets to this quote):
“Many of the recent concerns and comments have cited functionality that actually exists in current search, as well as in old searchspecifically:
- Our current search experience allows users to view search results as a list of ranked records or as a consolidated list of categories.
- Our current search experience allows users to do ‘Exact Match’ searches.
- Our current search experience allows users to specify a ‘Collection Priority’ to filter results by country. “