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50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2010 Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA

These rankings were determined in the first quarter of 2010. They are based on the popularity of websites as measured by four major ranking companies, and is explained in an article published in the July/August 2008 issue of the Digital Genealogist, edited by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens. The 2009 and 2008 rankings are given, in that order, in parenthesis after the website description. Sites new to the list for 2010 are so identified.

The following are websites that contain genealogy information, or they contain links to other sites that contain genealogy information.  Some of these websites are not free, there is a charge should you decide to use them.  The ones you need to pay a fee to use are marked with a $ sign. We are offering this list of sites not as a recommendation, but merely to let others know these sites are available.

Rank   Website          Coverage/Content

  1. Ancestry.com $ - Ancestry.com is the leading genealogical data site, with some articles, instruction, and reference help. (1>1)

  2. FamilyLink.com - (New) One of the most popular FaceBook applications helps people identify and network with their family. (80>72)

  3. MyHeritage.com - Focuses on genealogy community building and networking. (3>3)

  4. FamilySearch.org - This major data website sponsored by the LDS Church includes the IGI, census records, the library’s catalog and more, with instruction and reference help. (5>5)

  5. Genealogy.com $ - This is major data site, with instruction and reference help. (2>4)

  6. RootsWeb.com - Rootsweb is a major data site, with free instruction and reference help. (4>2)

  7. FindAGrave.com - A database of more than 45 million cemetery inscriptions and photos. (7>7)

  8. USGWArchives.net - (New) A large collection of free data, arranged by state and searchable across the entire collection. (not ranked)

  9. OneGreatFamily.com $ - Primarily a family trees sharing and collaboration website. (11>9)

  10. GenealogyToday.com - Includes instruction, reference articles, and some unique data collections. (12>11)

  11. AncestorHunt.com - A site consisting of collected genealogy links. (11>12)

  12. SearchForAncestors.com - Interactive directory of free genealogy websites and data. (19>21)

  13. AccessGenealogy.com - Includes references to helpful articles, especially for Native American information, and some data. (14>13)

  14. CyndisList.com - A huge subject catalog of genealogy webpage links. (17>15)

  15. EllisIsland.org - Database of 24 million New York passenger arrivals that is free to search. Actual passenger list images can be printed or purchased. (20>14)

  16. Interment.net - Transcribed and indexed cemetery inscriptions. (16>16)

  17. WorldVitalRecords.com $ - The data collection provided by Family Link, with over a billion records, as well as instruction and reference help. (13>10)

  18. USGennet.org - Historical and genealogical web hosting service. (15>17)

  19. GenealogyBank.com $ - Database with index and images of newspapers and early books. (31>41)

  20. FamilyTreeDNA.com - DNA testing service focused upon family history test types. (26>27)

  21. GeneBase.com - A DNA ancestry cataloguing project (24>24)

  22. CensusFinder.com - Links to free census records. (29>40)

  23. DeathIndexes.com - Lists of links to United States death records, by state. (25>31)

  24. Linkpendium.com - Nine million genealogy links organized by state/county and surname. (24>35)

  25. Genealogytrails.com - Four year old site with free data contributed by volunteers (35>NR)

  26. JewishGen.org - Jewish, reference, instruction, coordination, and databases. (32>28)

  27. GenealogyBuff.com - (New) A free genealogy search site with hundreds of data sources. (134.NR)

  28. FamilyTreeMaker.com - Homepage for Ancestry.com's genealogical software. (21>20)

  29. KindredKonnections.com $ - Grassroots created data site with compiled family Trees, and some extracted records. (22>19)

  30. FamilyTiez.com - (New) A site where families can establish their own pages to share news, photos, events and genealogy with each other. (not ranked)

  31. Geni.com - Web 2.0 and focuses on genealogy community building and networking. (8>18)

  32. HeritageQuestOnline.com $ - Census, PERSI (the periodical index), books. (39>39)

  33. MyFamily.com - Hosts family websites for sharing photos, genealogy, and more. (5>5)

  34. DistantCousin.com - An online archive of genealogy records and images of historical documents. (23>22)

  35. TribalPages.com - Family trees hosting and charting program. (28>25)

  36. PoliticalGraveyard.com - Comprehensive source of U.S. political biography that tells where many dead politicians are buried. (33>34)

  37. Footnote.com $ - In conjunction with the U.S. National Archives, Footnote offers data, original records images, and more. (9>8)

  38. FamilyHistory101.com - Less than three years old and full of instruction and guidance for genealogists (47>107)

  39. CousinConnect.com - A large free queries website. (27>23)

  40. GenoPro.com - Genealogy software that produces genograms (37>53)

  41. Archives.com $ - (New) A major new subscription data site, launched in July 2009 and already with more than a billion names. (not ranked)

  42. GenWed.com - Online marriage records, where to order, some indexes, and more. (43>42)

  43. Dar.org - Site of the largest lineage society; includes their library catalog and 32 million name index. (49>67)

  44. ThePeerage.com - (New) A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. (53>58)

  45. Genealogy.org - (New) A listing of 400+ registered websites, ranked weekly by hits. (69>56)

  46. AncientFaces.com - Share genealogy research, community pages, family photos & records more for free. (48>38)

  47. ObitLinksPage.com - State-by-state directory of obituaries and obituary resources. (not ranked)

  48. SurnameWeb.org - (New) A collection of surname website links; online since 1996. (62>26)

  49. US-Census.org - Census abstracts (U.S. GenWeb Census Project) (45>37)
 

50. Genuki.org.uk - Large collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. (34>32)

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