Ancestry have just released version 4 of the App for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch.The app is free and is so useful when travelling away from home.
The changes are as follows:-
New Family Tree Viewer
The old viewer showed direct lines only and I thought this was one of it’s major downsides, but the new version has the ability to show grandchildren, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, a whole range of relations.
The search bar does the usual second guess of who you are looking for depending on what you start to type in. Plus by tapping “All People” you have access to a variety of filters to help locate the person you are looking for, very useful if you have a large number of ancestors. People with the Shaky Leaf hints can now be listed or just those who have acquired a hint in the last 7 days.
If you have wandered up your family tree and forgotten how you got to where you are the home button takes you back to the very start. Again very helpful when dealing with a large tree.
Trees, Settings and Support
I have divided genealogy into four, one Ancestry tree for each of my grandparents. This way I can allow guests access to the part of my family history they are interested in without swamping them with too many ancestors! The new app has a drop down box which allows choosing the tree you wish to view, it has your Ancestry account settings and a facility to email into the support team.
All in all I feel the new app is easier to use and offers more than previous versions, like all change it takes a while to get used to, but is well worth the time spent.