Thursday, March 8, 2012

New Ancestry Interactive Image Viewer -- Beta

When the images of the 1940 US Census are released in about three weeks Ancestry will be locked in a race with a consortium including FamilySearch and to be the first to provide all name indexes to those images. To maintain market share, Ancestry has committed to an effort to enhance the viewing experience for its customer base. Today I stumbled into the beta version of a new version of an interactive document viewer that is the first visual result of Ancestry's upgrade efforts. A beta version is now being tested on images from the 1930 US Census as shown in the screen shot below:

Those of you with Ancestry memberships will want to check out 1930 census images to learn more about this new viewer. Some of the documentation about this new interactive viewer can be seen below: 

You can explore the above Navigation features plus additional ones by going to this link and expanding each of the nine "+" symbols. Then you may be even more excited about the release of the 1940 US Census images on April 2nd.

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