•The second most popular category is genealogy forums. This category includes everything from online family trees to chat groups to people requesting information about specific ancestors. The most popular genealogy forums are MyHeritage (#2), Geni.com (#5) and Genealogy.com (#7).
•Websites that contains lists and links to other genealogy websites are also a popular category. Ten of the Top 100 websites fall into this category, with the most popular ones being Cyndi’s List (#30), ObituariesHelp.org (#41) and Ancestor Hunt (#48).
•It is good to see several genealogy blogs made the Top 100 list. Dick Eastman’s excellent Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter (#19) comes first. It is hard to categorize Dick because he is certainly in a league of his own. He has been providing a great service to the genealogy community for a number of years. The other top genealogy blogs were John Reid’s very informative Anglo-Celtic Connections (#57), Leland and Patty Meitzler’s well-named Genealogy Blog(#81), blog-central at Thomas MacEntee’s useful Geneabloggers (#83), Chris Paton’s must-read British Genes (#87) [Chris recently shut down his other blog Scottish Genes] and Randy Seaver’s fun Genea-Musings (#90).
•The top three US genealogy blogs are Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter (#19), Genealogy Blog (#81) and Genea-Musings(#90). Anglo-Celtic Connections is the top Canadian genealogy blog and British Genes is the top British genealogy blog.
• We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that three genealogy magazines made the list. Topping this category is our own GenealogyInTime Magazine (#20), followed by Family Tree Magazine (#36) and Genealogy Today (#40).
•Somewhat surprising, only three genealogy societies made the list: Daughters of the American Revolution (#60), American Ancestors – New England Historic Genealogical Society (#70) and The Genealogical Society of Finland (#95).
•Interestingly, more than half (57 to be exact) of the Top 100 genealogy websites are free.
•Six collaborative genealogy websites made the Top 100 list: US Genweb Archives (#23), Free BMD (#35), Genealogy Trails (#54), Ireland Genealogy Project (#79), USGenNet(#69), and the USGenWeb Project (#99).
Genealogy has grown significantly in the past few years and the industry continues to evolve. For example, genealogy forums are becoming more popular every year primarily because they allow people to connect with other like-minded individuals on the internet. At the same time, DNA testing still has not yet taken off. The most interesting trend, however, appears to be towards free genealogy websites. Five of the top 10 genealogy websites are now free.
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