Ancestry has changed its image viewer. If you’ve a long-time Ancestry user, you might be wondering where some features went. If you’re a new Ancestry user, you might thing the image viewer is a bit lacking. It turns out that some of the most powerful features of the image viewer are hiding behind a simple icon.
If I’m looking at an image like this one for George Nevins, it isn’t immediately obvious what I’m looking at:
I can see that it’s from the Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, but which year? What county?
That information (and more besides) is hidden behind one of the icons on the right-hand side of the page. Look below the green “SAVE” button and you’ll see several icons, including one that has a straight vertical line with an arrow pointing left.
When you click that icon, you’ll get an expanded menu with more information and more options. On that expanded menu, you’ll get three tabs:
The Detail tab gives the information that was indexed for that record. (Now we can see that this image is from the 1885 Kansas State Census for Scott, Linn County.)
The Related tab has links to other records that Ancestry thinks pertains to that person.
The Source tab includes a source citation, information about where this image came from, and the ability to browse other years and locations in this collection. (The options for browsing vary by collection.)
You can see this in action in the video below:
Do you have other questions about the image viewer or have ideas for other videos or blog posts you’d like to see? Leave a comment!