The goal of SpittalStreet.com is to help people interested in their family history research and generate in interest in history with uncomplicated articles that might lead to further research.
Genealogy in Time has produced The Top 100 list of websites people access to search for their ancestors. Their research to evaluate which ones made the list “was extensive and exhaustive” and I get the easy job of passing along the information, at the same time giving the full credit and the suggestion to visit the site and take a look around.
The methodology is explained including the reason some popular sites like libraries, museums, and government organizations were left out because visitors to those sites could be due to interests other than genealogy.
Internet traffic is the primary measure of the popularity of a web site. From personal experience I can tell you that this is quite difficult to achieve. It’s a complicated process where you need to do this, this, this, this etc. but if you don’t do “that” the search engines are blind to your efforts. It’s can also become a disturbingly political process that can be compared to office politics.
It’s not a surprise that Ancestry.com is number 1 and MyHeritage.com is number 2. FamilySearch.org is number three and it’s also very encouraging to see so many free sites out there for people who can’t afford to pay subscriptions sites.
That said, I couldn’t help noticing some of the sites that made the list, while useful for interesting, newsy and sometimes brilliant commentary, are not actually web sites where people would go to research their ancestors.
To see for yourself, here’s the link to The Top 100 list.