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James Aylard
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James Aylard commented on a post on Blogger.
Russ, thank you for making these videos clarifying what this patch does in terms of the web merge feature. This is truly helpful to users who might be confused by the change as the notes for the patch make only a brief and not entirely clear reference to it.

I don't think you meant to do it, but at the 7:00 minute mark in the post-patch video, you inadvertently showed the threat this change poses even to a thorough genealogist such as yourself: when changing the defaults for Mary Hart, you forgot to switch the default "Discard" to "Alternate" for her Birth fact. In the pre-patch merge, you would have added "Pennsylvania" as an alternate Birth fact. Post-patch, however, you discarded "Pennsylvania" as a birth fact and merged the source with her existing Preferred birth fact - which contains details the new source does not assert. So this is further evidence that Ancestry has done a terrible injustice to serious genealogists by putting the integrity of our data at risk, no matter how thorough we intend to be as we work to counteract the insanity of this new default setting.
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Russ, you reference the FGS conference in your headline. Was FTM 2014 only announced there, or was it demonstrated? I was hoping the one-year product-cycle lapse (no FTM 2013) might mean some notable new features would be added, but in my opinion the new-feature list sounds a bit thin.

Admittedly, my most-desired feature will probably never be added: the ability to document parent-child relationships. This seems to be an odd gap that Ancestry will never close.
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