Maybe you spent 30 minutes on the phone because the CS didn't understand you. Your tree works, therefore it's "activated", what it's not is "indexed".
Ancestry doesn't "require some period of time to populate their databases". The member tree databases are plenty populated. The member tree database indexing is independent of all other ACOM collection db indexing.
You have two indexing choices with a private tree, it can be indexed or not indexed, which did you choose? If your private tree WAS indexed, go search private trees: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1006
There is no indexing choice of a public tree, it's always indexed.
It's a couple/few weeks, not months for indexing.
Maybe you should make your point in feedback in the help section here: http://ancestry.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4549/kw...