Navigating the New How to Browse Records From the Image Viewer

By Diane Haddad

One of the frustrations with technology is that just when you have something figured out, it changes. Such was the case for many members when the “new” became the

In our Fall 2015 Virtual Conference last month, participants and chat moderator Amy Johnson Crow shared tricks in our User-to-User Tips chat.

“The biggest change I’ve seen in the latest version of Ancestry is how to access browsing a collection from the image viewer,” she typed. You might want to browse from the image viewer if you want to check another county or township for your family without having to find the main page for the collection.

It used to be, a “breadcrumb trail” of the location would be at the top of the view, and you’d click the place you want to browse to see records from that place.

Now, browsing from the image viewer is a little more concealed. Here’s how you’d do it:

1. If you don’t already see a menu on the right with information about the record, click this little icon and it’ll appear:

2. Then in that menu, click the tab on the right that says Source.

3. Use the place dropdown menus to choose a different state, county, enumeration district, etc. Options will vary based on the type of records you’re using (this is the wills and probate collection).

To flip pages to the right or left, just use the arrows at the bottom of the image viewer. Or if you want to jump a bunch of pages, type a number into the box between the arrows.

Learn how to navigate the new—including the new family tree features—like a pro in our Master the New webinar, happening Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 pm Eastern. All who register get a copy of the webinar slides and access to view the webinar again as often as you like. Visit Family Tree Shop for more details.