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R.I.P. OldSearch !

R.I.P. OldSearch !

Posted: 27 Jun 2013 7:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
At long last. Although several Blogs are announcing it, I see nothing posted on the actual site; but in a letter to some subscribers, Ancestry announced plans to retire OldSearch within 6 months.



Re: R.I.P. OldSearch !

Posted: 27 Jun 2013 7:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
In my opinion, new search is a piece of junk.

Re: R.I.P. OldSearch !

Posted: 27 Jun 2013 7:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Actually, it was delivered as an email. It reads:

"Ancestry.com is continuing our efforts to improve the search experience across Ancestry.com and will be making changes to our search functionality in the upcoming months. Some features will be added and some will be discontinued. As part of the 2% of our subscribers that use the old search function on the site, we know that you are passionate about the search experience on Ancestry.com and we are reaching out to you to get input on potential improvements. We hope you will take the opportunity to share your insights and feedback on our plans.

To identify which areas of the experience we should focus on this year, we have drawn on customer input, usage data, usage patterns and our old search function for inspiration. From all of that, we are looking at making your time on Ancestry.com more productive by improving these areas of the search experience in 2013:

More relevant search results with the best results at the top
Easier refining and control of your search results
Keeping a better history of the work you have done
Publishing more new content and more corrections to existing content
Performance improvements to return results faster

As we begin to make these improvements, we will no longer maintain two separate search systems for the site. Maintaining two systems limits the resources we can use to make improvements and increases the complexity of every improvement we try to make. Additionally, continuing to maintain the two systems limits our ability to direct more investment into other areas like adding more record collections and correcting existing collections.

Based on that, as a part of the work this year we will be bringing together the two search experiences into a single search experience on Ancestry.com. We hope to bring forward the best features of both the old and new search systems into the consolidated experience to facilitate the transition for our users and to improve the overall search experience. We expect to discontinue the old search function as a separate experience within the next 6 months.

As a user of the old search feature, we wanted to give you advance notice and let you influence the changes we are making in search. Please take this survey to share your feedback and ideas on key features to improve.

Best regards,
The Ancestry.com Product Team"

Seems odd to me that they go to this trouble for a mere 2% of their subscribers. Either they do care, or they are complete liars.

Re: R.I.P. OldSearch !

Posted: 27 Jun 2013 8:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm not sure of the dates.
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Re: R.I.P. OldSearch !

Posted: 27 Jun 2013 8:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, we do really care!! We know users of old search will have great feedback on which features and functionality we need to bring into the consolidated search experience, so we really want to get all the feedback we can. If you haven't yet given us your two cents via the survey, please do so: http://ancestry.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8ubNXU8IiQcxqVD

Thanks,
Rachel
Ancestry.com Product Team

Re: R.I.P. OldSearch !

Posted: 27 Jun 2013 8:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
I totally agree with you. If any of the search systems should be dumped, it should be New Search. I have tried that off and on from time to time, and rarely find it of much use. Who wants 10,000 results for a simple search of a name by location & county in New Search, for instance, when Old Search gives you exactly what you ask for? I also got that silly email from Ancestry, claiming only "2%" of their users utilize Old Search. I've seen more than that complaining that they refuse to use it on these boards alone.

Re: R.I.P. OldSearch !

Posted: 27 Jun 2013 8:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
I've been debating for awhile whether or not I should cancel by subscription or not. Thanks Ancestry.com for making my decision so much easier! I hate the new search and refuse to be forced to use it. I'm quite sure there are more than "2%" of subscribed users who use the old serch. Just about everyone I talk to who is a subscriber uses the old search. New is not always better.

Re: R.I.P. OldSearch !

Posted: 27 Jun 2013 8:43PM GMT
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Re: R.I.P. OldSearch !

Posted: 27 Jun 2013 8:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
Riddle me this Rachel, what happens to the records searched and saved using oldsearch? What will happen when those saved links are clicked on? Why do I think there's a black hole glitch coming down the pike?

Since you've surfaced, what about the STILL UNRESOLVED ISSUES with ALTERNATES and the BETA REVIEW FORM?

OldSearch features desperately needed for NewSearch users

Posted: 27 Jun 2013 9:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Jun 2013 10:07PM GMT
The single-page scrollable lists of databases within given categories are essential, such as in the Military category.

The card-catalog search function by title and by keyword do not work to find all of the related items, not all of which have something like "Revolutionary War" in their titles to find them.

Also the browsable Card Catalog list format available in OldSearch but not in NewSearch is indispensable.

Please retain these and make them usable by NewSearchers.

Edited to add: the search engine does not search ~all~ pertinent databases. Some will never turn up in a NewSearch search, and some are very wonky. For example the DAR Patriot Ancestors' books do not get results for names of the ancestors, when using a target-name search, the search results are only for the oddly-configured names of descendants. To search for the Patriot Ancestors one must search the volumes specifically and use the "keyword" field for the patriot ancestor.

Therefore access to lists of all databases is necessary.

Single-page, scrollable lists.
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