Ancestry Updates: BETA Family Tree Views and Toolbox Icons
Ancestry is at it again. As mentioned in Ancestry’s New Tree Edit History Feature and Tool Icons, Ancestry has been testing their family tree views and toolbox icons as part of their new features and tools updates for this year. You can learn more about some of their new and upcoming features and tools in Ancestry 2023 Updates: New Genealogy and DNA Tools and Features. In the past 6-8 weeks or so, I have gotten multiple BETA versions of how their family tree view and toolbox icons, and placement, may look soon. My family tree view has gone back and forth between different BETA versions and the current version. There was one particular version that let you change the background color of your family tree view, but they just changed the BETA version again, yesterday, and it is no longer an option; therefore, I will not be able to include a screenshot of that feature.
Family Tree View and Toolbox Icon Versions:
Ancestry's Current family tree view and toolbox icons for the majority, and my standard view until recently.
Ancestry's BETA family tree view and toolbox icons version 1
Yay, I was back to the current version for about a week or so, then Ancestry's BETA family tree view and toolbox icons version 2 popped up. This was just an ever so slight change. Can you spot it? Only the toolbox icon buttons in the top, upper right changed a wee bit.
Then I was back to the current version again for about another week, then Ancestry's BETA family tree view and toolbox icons version 3 popped up, yesterday.
Family Tree View and Toolbox Icons Version Poll:
To be honest, I prefer the current version (first image). The versions with the white border are too much of an eyesore and takes away from the view space, along with looking like just that, in BETA mode. However, I do like the idea of the "tree search" icon button being changed to "find", along with there being a "create a keepsake" button. Overall, I like the current version. I like the look of the view and the look and navigational ease of the toolbox and icons.
I would love to get your feedback on which version, thus far (there may be more coming until they settle on a new version), you prefer.
More Genealogy Resources:
Learn about more Ancestry features and other family history and genealogy resources under the Genealogy Resources category and on my dedicated Genealogy Resources page.
5/8/2023 05:27:19 am
You know you can change the background color of your tree from Settings? That's not a new option.
5/8/2023 07:16:53 am
Yes, from your actual account profile but not from any of the tree settings from trees themselves. I guess I could have used a screen shot from there, but it wouldn't have really been applicable. But thanks for the reminder that anyone can find this setting from their account profile. :)
5/14/2023 12:23:45 pm
You're welcome! There are a lot of new changes happening at Ancestry, in which many 2023 new tools and features were announced at RootsTech. I can't help but to see most of the changes as soon as I sign in. ;)
Marian Burk Wood
5/9/2023 07:59:34 am
Still waiting to see if more changes pop up unexpectedly. I don't have a particular preference ... yet LOL
5/14/2023 12:25:12 pm
Oh, there will be! ;) I definitely do not like the BETA modes with the white border! :)
5/12/2023 01:28:08 pm
I did not know beta versions were available. Thanks for sharing. I just looked at my tree and noticed the recent changes that "you and others make." Does this mean there can be shared trees that multiple people can use? Maybe this has been a feature for a while and I am just a little behind.
5/14/2023 12:30:45 pm
Yes, they are constantly testing out new features/possible feature and tools in BETA mode. If someone is an editor on your tree, for collaboration purposes, etc, you will find any changes you or they made to the tree, there. It is new :)
5/14/2023 02:14:39 pm
Being a creature of habit, I do like the current version as well. But I'm also flexible, so I will adapt if I need to. Wondering what else is coming in terms of changes?
5/14/2023 02:52:54 pm
There are a lot of new changes happening at Ancestry, in which many 2023 new tools and features were announced at RootsTech, and many will be a surprise I guess, as this one. :)
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