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.

7 Comments on The Top 100 popular websites people visit to search for their ancestors

  1. Jill D. says:

    Thanks for passing this along. It’s an interesting list… Did you mean the “Old Boys Club” rather than office politics?

  2. LInda Gartz says:

    Sandy,
    As always, you’re on top of the top news of the day relating to genealogy. I’ve bookmarked the list and plan to pass it on. I sure hope you’re getting lots of traffic. You provide so much regularly fine information.

    Old boys’ club or office politics, somewhere out there someone’s writing about how to figure out this brave new world of social media. I’ve seen tons of blog posts on using social media, but to get at it on a regular basis and keep it up is daunting.

  3. Stan W. says:

    This is a very useful pass along. It takes a lot of time to get noticed on Internet. This blog is great but it’s a niche and some other subjects may be more interesting to the masses. But hang in there. I found it and like it just as others will.

  4. Sandy Arnone says:

    Thank you Linda, Jill, and Stan. Since I’m retired I just do my thing. A lot more people are finding my site and perhaps it would be faster if I paid more attention to how it works. I actually enjoy doing it my way.

  5. Tin Lizzie says:

    This is great thanks for the post. It’s always interesting to see who makes these lists. Surprised to see Geneabloggers isn’t on it. They’re such a big help.

  6. Lisa Smyth says:

    On my own opinion, wanting to know about your ancestors would let you visit the top 100 popular websites that people visit to search for their ancestor. I think that you have already visited some of this famous site for your search of information. I have also tried using some those site for my goal to know my ancestors.

  7. Essie Reeves says:

    In my own opinion, I think that The Top 100 popular websites people visit to search for their ancestors would be a great hit. I know that they are really interested in knowing their ancestry. I also like to know who are my ancestors.

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