In an apparent attempt to make the transition easier, as well as to improve the functionality of the lone search function, Ancestry is asking users of Old Search to respond to a survey.
Considering things, I use Old Search because it works. It's not the prettiest, but it simply works. I tell it to do something, and it does it. Also, the way I search (start with a broad search and drill down into specific data collections and there add collection specific search criteria) is perfect for the way Old Search is organized. Also, I'm used to Old Search; it's simple, traditional, comfortable and fits me well.
New Search... works... After many updates, the current version of this search does get me the results I want, though I feel like it takes more work and takes up more space. I feel like New Search is an attempt to make Ancestry.com flashier and help users find records they weren't necessarily looking for. I do believe that Ancestry.com wants to help their users. The only thing? I don't necessarily want their help! There's a large learning curve to adjust to New Search, and there are a ton of filters, search boxes and preferences (that don't always stay set). Talk about overwhelming.
In the end, I need to look at this situation practically. I knew this was coming, so I'm trying to not dissolve into a fit of whining and complaining. I will offer Ancestry.com my feedback, but can only hope for the best and make the best of the situation (even though I'm not happy with it).