Ancestry’s Newsletter Morphs Into Blog

Look’s like Ancestry’s Yearly/Weekly/Daily NewsJournal/Newsletter thing has morphed into a blog.

The title, “24/7 Family History Circle!” refers to them spending 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, thinking up ways on how to get you to use I’m kidding, I jest, I have the “Super-Duper Membership” package, where my paycheck goes straight to Ancestry’s offices to cover my monthly bill. Again, just kidding.

To be honest, it’s interactive, that’s a good thing, and I like the look, it’s a lot cleaner than the old newsletter thingy, and easier to read.

As much as I kid them here and elsewhere, I do believe they have tried (and succeeded in many ways) to improve the look of their services, and the new blog is a reflection of that. When you are on dial-up, you want as little clutter as possible, and way too many genealogy services sites are way too busy, both from a loading perspective, and from a “where do I go from here” perspective, and Ancestry and their newsletter used to be that way.

A friend who is into useability-type stuff, both web and print, commented on the blog and their site and said they have got some good designers that paid attention to complaints about clutter and load times. Personally, I like the seperation of the various parts of their site.

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