"Hints" is too vague and thus useless, allow customization checkboxes
I have 86 current people with "hints" two weeks after joining FamilySearch - there's just no way I'm bothering to troll through that...I did the five names that caught my interest, but the list just grows and grows and is functionally useless.
Allowing users to select "only offer me hints if name contains: X" (I could add my surname, my mother's surname, etc...I'm interested only in direct patrilinear lines), or "only offer me hints if the person's birthdate is before/after 1800"
(Also, before the new upgrade I could dismiss ALL hints on Margaret Ava Grant with one button, now I need to load and dismiss all hints separately...again the list is basically just a spam box that can't be emptied)
I guess you're talking about whatever list is on the home page? I've been using FamilySearch for, ack, at least a decade now, and do you know how often I've used that list?
(I wanted to check something for a question someone asked here in Community.)
I use the Fan chart, set to "Research Helps". I ignore the purple (that's "research suggestions", which I have yet to ever find useful) and concentrate on the blue (record hints).
If I run out of blue on my fan chart, I switch to my spouse's. If I run out there, too, I can either check further back by looking at a grandparent's or great-grandparent's fan chart, or I can pick an ancestor and check his or her descendancy chart. That can really quickly get into the weeds of a cousin's spouse's parent's son-in-law, but it can be fun.3
Julia, thanks I haven't gotten the hang of the fan chart yet - I'll go try fiddling with it and see if it's more to my speed.0
Áine Ní Donnghaile ✭✭✭✭✭
@MF645 I work in both FamilySearch Family Tree and on trees on Ancestry. My primary tree on Ancestry currently has just under 47,000 hints. I don't worry about the number. No one said we must check them all out. I work on the families or profiles I want to work on, at my pace.
I rarely look at my home page on FamilySearch so I rarely see the Record Hints there. My default starting point is Search Historical Records. I've been using the FSFT more or less regularly for 10 years. I just looked, and I have 55 people with hints showing on my home page right now.0