The app can now notify you when Ancestry.com finds information it thinks relevant to your ancestors. Enabling this optional feature will cause the little red number badge to appear on the Ancestry app icon when Ancestry.com finds new information. If you’d like to use this feature, be sure to allow push notifications when prompted after launching the updated app for the first time.
Speaking of people with hints, the app can now give you a list of all of them in one place. You reach this by clicking the search button then clicking the “People with Hints” part of the segmented control at the bottom of the person index.
Ancestry have also added a relationship calculator to the app. When anyone other than the root person in the tree is selected, the app displays a disclosure button next to the text “View relationship to me” in the person view.
It will then display not only the relationship to you, but to each person along the line of descent down to you. I haven’t tested this with a large tree so I don’t know how many ancestors it can handle in that line of descent. If you’ve got a big tree, give it a try and tell me how it works in a comment below.
Once the app determines a relationship with a person, it displays that relationship on the person view instead of the “View relationship to me” text.
You can now record additional information about photos. The fields are now: date, location, category, and description. You can also tag people in the photo. This updated, “Edit Details” pane can be reached by clicking the small “i” button at the bottom left of a photo. I noticed that some photos had this button and others didn’t. I don’t understand why.
The list of changes said that you can now easily change the privacy settings for each of your trees. I wasn’t able to see how to change the privacy settings for an existing tree; however, you can choose to set the privacy for a new tree you create in the app to either public or private.
The support view now gives you the option of sending a suggestion or contacting support. Each brings up an short form for sending feedback to ancestry.com, all with from within the ancestry iOS app.
Last in the list of changes in this version, is the obligatory claim of faster more stable performance.