Feedback Needed – Can You Assist?


[Editor’s note: We received the following request from our friends at Here is an opportunity to provide needed feedback and help improve Ancestry’s products and services.]

Ancestry needs your help!! We’re looking for Ancestry enthusiasts to provide feedback on some new concepts on the website experience.

Member feedback has always been vital to our product development and Ancestry has recently expanded its User Research team, and we want to talk to you! Based in both Provo and San Francisco, sessions would typically last an hour either online or in person if you’re local. We are happy to get your input on existing and new experiences across both the website and mobile.  Participants will have a few different incentives to choose from, such as the latest edition of FTM for Windows or Mac!

If you are interested in applying for participation, please drop us a line at

We have some in-person opportunities at RootsTech to kickoff this expanded initiative.

RootsTech Opportunities

Starting this February at RootsTech, we will be conducting sessions on Thursday (2/6) and Friday (2/7). There are two ways you could participate:

  • One of two, 90 minute focus groups from 4:30 – 6:00 PM each day, where we will look specifically at the Profile Page of people in your tree to understand both how you currently use it and what new features that you’d love to see incorporated. You will be asked to pull up interesting people in your tree and share with the Research team and the 4 or 5 other subscribers in the group.
  • A 50 minute, one-to-one interview session with a member of the Product Research team who will walk you through some new concepts and get your input. We will be conducting 7 sessions at different times during the day on Thursday and Friday. Follow the link below to select your preferred times.

To participate in either RootsTech research session type, you need an account with a tree. To be considered, please fill out this survey, so that we can confirm your participation and set up scheduling.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.