They probably will never do it, but an improvement that I would like to see on the search at Ancestry.com is a “leave out” option. There are times when I’d like to search most of western Illinois or even most of “downstate” Illinois without including results from the Chicago area.
While I realize that this search may result in me missing the person of interest, every search restriction does that. What would be nice would be a way to search the entire state of Illinois without including the greater Chicago area.
I know Illinois is not the only state that has one large city that sometimes overwhelms the search results.
It would help my searches sometimes to be able to filter out that part of the state where my people didn’t live but where the majority of the state population does.
I’m fully aware that my person of interest may actually be in Chicago and that I won’t find them with that approach. I understand that. That’s not a new problem. Whenever a search is restricted in any way, “hits” may be missed.
This would just give those of us searching in certain states (New York State is another one), a way of more effectively narrowing our search results.
And that would make for a better user experience for this user.