I was teaching a class on Ancestry.com today and low and behold, there were these amazing visual effects. It was so cool! Here is a screen shot showing the new features:
First, the family you are working on is highlighted in a color with the head of household in a contrasting color. Second, as you scroll across, there is a pop-up list of everyone on the U.S. Census page. The list follows across like a split screen in a spreadsheet. There is also another pop-up list at the top with tags showing the definitions of the columns. I cannot tell you how many times I have gotten lost trying to move across a blown up Census page. This seems so simple and so obvious an addition, that I assumed that I had somehow missed seeing this new feature and it had been there a long time. But I know that it hasn't been more than one or two days since I was last on Ancestry.com and I haven't changed any settings.
Since I noticed this first on the Library Edition at the Mesa FamilySearch Library and then found the same changes when I got home today, I suppose it works on both programs. I decided to look back through the Ancestry.com blog posts to see if I had just missed the boat. Nope, I couldn't find anything. Of course, if I read the 100+ blog posts waiting for me in Feedly.com, I will likely find that everyone else already knew about the change. It is amazing how I am excited by very simple things.