I was completing an Ancestry customer satisfaction survey, when they asked the question :
“What suggestions would you give to improve the website?”
So I thought about it. I’ve realised that the further back in time you go when researching family trees, the more children and siblings there tends to be. So a lot of time will be spent adding children to parents or siblings to individuals. I believe that ancestry could improve the UI for adding children, and here’s how.
The easiest way to add a relative is to
- Find the person
- Click on the person
- Select Add relative.
- This then prompts you to add a brother, sister, spouse or child.
I believe this could be streamlined to clicking on the marker point in the marriage line and dragging
- Down to create a child (the parents are those defined in the marriage)
- Perhaps diagonally down left / right to create male / female children. Maybe even dragging up for information about the marriage event?
This gesture based control system could be extended to add siblings (drag the user left to add a sister, right to add a brother) or to swap individuals where the wrong individual has been assigned to an event.
This reduces the number of clicks required for the fairly common operation of adding a child, or sibling, and the idea of dragging the marriage marker to create children also seems to to quite nicely into the operation of the site through a mobile or touch based interface – which seems all the rage these days.