New Navigation Makes Ancestry.com Easier to Use

New Navigation Makes Ancestry.com Easier to Use

Genealogy subscription site Ancestry.com changed its main navigation in an effort to make the site quicker and easier to get around.The changes don't look huge, but you'll probably really appreciate them if you use the site much at all. Here’s the new nav bar (shrunk to fit).My...

Genealogy subscription site Ancestry.com changed its main navigation in an effort to make the site quicker and easier to get around.

The changes don’t look huge, but you’ll probably really appreciate them if you use the site much at all. Here’s the new nav bar (shrunk to fit).

My favorite change: Just yesterday, I was wishing for a faster way to get to the US census databases. Today, instead of clicking the Search tab on the home page and then waiting for the page to load so I can click more until I get to the database I want, I just hover over the Search tab for a drop-down menu of most-used databases—including the census (now they just need to list all the US censuses on the left side of the census search page, and we’ll be good to go).

The Family trees drop-down menu gives you quick links to your own trees, to start a new tree and to upload a GEDCOM. Under Collaborate (the former Community area), you’ll find links to the World Archives project, message board, member directory and your public profile. Learning Center options include getting started steps, the Ancestry.com blog and FAQs.

The DNA, Publish and Shop buttons don’t have drop-down menus. Click these to go to, respectively, Ancestry DNA, MyCanvas and the Ancestry.com store.

Buttons for your to-do list and quick links are in the top right corner of every page.

According to the Ancestry.com blog, it may take a few days yet to add the new navigation to every page on the site.

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