Ancestry

Ancestry.com Operations Inc.
  • Version: 9.3
  • Size: 126.2 MB
  • Content Rating: Rated 4+
  • Version: 9.3
  • Size: 126.2 MB
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Ancestry review

  • Emily Siegel
    • 2018-12-22
Professional Critic
Emily Siegel

Ancestry review

  • 2018-12-22
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We are all a bit curious about where we came from. With the Ancestry app, you too can trace your roots and find out if you were a long lost royal or tribal chief.

Interface - 5/5

The interface is intuitive, though not exactly the prettiest. The darkly contrasted background provides a rustic feel to the app if you’re tracing your genealogy back to the pre-camera days. The family trees are neatly laid out, although on some devices you have to completely zoom out if you want to view the entire tree clearly. The app shows your tree history in the form of a timeline from which you can isolate and pull records. You can tap on individual names to navigate to records of one person, and the interface makes the process more intuitive.

Content and Features - 5/5

Ancestry lets you add, edit and view records using birth and death certificates, marriage licenses and any other official document. You can also add other life events, and if you’re using a Family Tree Maker application on desktop, you can sync that with the app as an Ancestry Tree member online. You can add new people, pictures, and other files to your records right from your mobile device.

Besides your own records, you can also search Ancestry’s vast database of events with more than 14 billion records. If you’d like to learn more about your family, you can view historical documents including police records and school files. Ancestry DNA lets you check records outside your own family and makes suggestions about family linkages. Adding people to events through Facebook is also possible. A US Discovery membership costs $19.99 monthly, while a World Explorer Membership costs $34.99 per month.

Usability - 4/5

The biggest challenge with the app is browsing through the various records, although the app sifts everything into a viewable timeline. Unlike the web version, the mobile app isn’t entirely clear or intuitive. On iPad, you might launch the app and get a big, blank white space. Despite these minor flaws, the interface is generally well done. The fact that you can sync with the desktop app and update your phone records automatically makes it even easier to use. One last caveat is that editing and deleting records has become more tedious, and you have to tap continuously or close the app to finish these tasks.

Compatibility - 4/5

The app is currently compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running on iOS 11.0 or later. The Android version compatibility varies with each device, although most of them support the app. There is an issue, however: people with smaller screen sizes have to zoom out to the maximum to view their family trees.

Conclusion

Ancestry is a great way to trace your genealogy, although those looking for more in-depth information should go for actual physical records and files. That said, if you want a fun way to trace your history, Ancestry is a cool and enjoyable app to use.

Pros:

  • You can view all records in a single timeline
  • Ability to sync records with the Family Tree desktop app

Cons:

  • Android incompatibilities including non-linkage of some events
  • The app charges quite high fees
5
Interface
5
Content and features
4
Usability
4
Compatibility

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