As new features roll out on websites, developers have to make room for changes, and what often happens is that rarely used features move or may even disappear. One of my favourite tools on the Ancestry home page for many years has been the Quick Links feature and the upgrade which is being rolled out is going to limit Quicks Links once the updated site is bedded down. So NOW is the time to think about this feature.
If you already use it - it is time to review, if you have never used it - now is the time to check it out and see if you "wish you had known about it earlier".
This is the notice on the recently updated home page:
Why use it?
- saves searching the Card Catalogue (access via the Search drop down menu and select Card Catalogue) to do a specific dataset search
- saves adding yet another book mark to my web browser AND
- means I have access on any other computer when I log into my Ancestry account.
Never used Quick Links?
Please note: I have used the customize feature in the past and rearranged the various "boxes" so your screen might look a bit different, but there should be a "Customise Home Page" setting tool.
If you can not see the Customise tool, are seeing the new layout?
How to ADD new Quick links
- one on the home page to add the links and
- another to find and copy the web address (the URL from the address bar in your web browser) for the individual datasets from the Card Catalogue
In a second window head to Search and Card Catalogue and use the keyword and filters to find the specific datasets you would like quick access to. Then:
- Highlight the URL (click in the address bar, press Ctrl A win or Command A mac)
- Copy the URL (right click Copy, or Ctrl C on win or Command C on mac)
- then select the HOME page window and
- PASTE the URL into the Web address (Ctrl V win or Command V mac)
- Enter a description that makes sense to you in the Name field then
- press SAVE
This is one aspect of the many changes which are being rolled out, you might want to check out the announcement Ancestry made 9 December 2021 about the "make over".