Posts tagged ‘2011’

January 19, 2012

Washington Monument Repairs Given a Boost by David M. Rubenstein

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Congratulations to  David M. Rubenstein! This patriotic philanthropist has donated $7.5 Million for the repair of our national symbol, the Washington Monument. Mr Rubenstein a self-described history buff has a long history himself in supporting American Institutions. In 2008, he was the man who  purchased the Magna Carta (an early version) and he has put that Magna Carta on permanent loan to the National Archives. Besides being a history buff and philanthropist, he is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and the co-founder and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group.

As you may recall, the monument was damaged by the Aug. 23, 2011, 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the east coast of the USA. As a result, the monument is currently closed while it is being repaired.

Source:Billionaire to Donate $7.5 Million to Repair Washington Monument“, 18-January-2012, New York Times, Politics Page.

January 1, 2012

Stanczyk 2011 In Review – #Genealogy, #Polish

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,300 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

November 12, 2011

2011 Year End Genealogy Website Rankings – Top 125 Websites Globally – #Global, #Genealogy, #Rankings

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Two months ago Stanczyk produced an analysis of Genealogical Website rankings after reading the Eastmans Online Genealogy Network blog about one from Canada??.  Since that time, I have been monitoring my own blog’s rankings every month to see how I have been progressing and I am very thankful for you, my good readers. But before we close out the 2011 year, I wanted to have a final Global Top 125 Genealogy Websites ranking. The current global rankings include a link to the prior ranking, so you can compare for yourself.

First off, let me say how I produced the survey. It is not like Family Tree Magazine’s Top 100 Genealogy Websites which “selects” their favorite 125 websites, by grabbing some from a variety of categories (African-American Genealogy, Jewish Genealogy, Big Genealogy Websites, etc.). Their breadth of “selections” is impressive and they range into reference websites too. Still every one of their selected websites is a valuable resource and the whole list could be used to form your own Genealogy Favorites (Bookmarks).

To arrive at my surveys, last survey and this current survey, I used Alexa.com as my source for rankings. I gathered websites from all over the world and I used the GLOBAL RANKING. This is why we, in the USA may have some disagreements, as Alexa.com also keeps a ranking within the local country. The American rankings for the USA websites tend to be much higher than the foreign regions for us. Likewise, in Canada or the UK, their local genealogy websites tend to rank higher than USA websites because they tend to use their local resources. But in the USA everyone is from somewhere else, so we use USA websites and genealogy websites from around the entire Globe to do our research. Finally, since I use Alexa.com for the rankings, I have to accept that they may not have considered a website that might actually be about genealogy as being about something else, because  the website did not specify or because they described their website as something else. Also Alexa.com does a very poor job of ranking websites outside the USA/Canada/UK unless they write in English. To compensate (modestly), I did add in two Polish genealogical websites and included their global rankings in the survey. After all, this is a blog about Polish Genealogy and other musings. I also added in a few odds & ends, such the the US National Archives (even though not all of the site is not genealogically related  — Alexa does not allow for me to select a sub-site within Archive.gov).

Findings

The new websites, seem to be the ones I added. Some of the older websites no longer had data, so we see some with a ranking of: 99,999,999. This is not an accurate ranking but it must be well beyond 30Million and may now be in the 100Million range and as such, Alexa.com now ignores it or at least does not keep its data.

Many of the top 50 Genealogy websites moved up and moved upwards a good bit. A very few of the Top 50 moved down slightly. So overall, it seems that Genealogy is becoming more popular (than all other websites in general). To give you some feel, this blog that you are reading right now, moved upwards some 6Million places. However, it only moved up four places on the Global Top 125 Genealogy Websites ranking.

In the Top 10, there was very little movement. Most notable, was Fold3.com (formerly Footnote.com), the recent Ancestry.com acquisition moved to number 9 (up from #10) and Eastmans Online Genealogy Network moved up to #10 (from 17). The Top 10 also has one of the new websites (NARA) and MyHeritage.com (#2  — one of those websites that Alexa.com had not counted as a genealogy website, but which we included this time).

Next Year

I will begin dropping website that are ranked at or above 20Million  to allow room for some new websites and to keep the list to 125. Please send me an email about any website that I should investigate for inclusion.

I will publish the future Rankings on or about the 1st of: March, June, September, and December going forward.

Thanks!

 

September 6, 2011

#Genealogy #Website #Rankings – 2011

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk just read EOGN (Eastman Online Genealogy Network) and could not believe what he read. So I followed the source and read that and still did not believe. So I checked further – because I could NOT locate the benchmark/methodology of the survey which is NOT credible. I  then Googled and found this source here:  http://www.progenealogists.com/top50genealogy2011.htm .  I certainly would agree with these rankings as these are what I use most often throughout the year.

Perhaps I am not Canadian as the source EOGN quoted was and perhaps the methodology was geographic based (in Canada, with UK add-in). Dick Eastman should do some extra checking rather than just re-broadcasting bogus news. That is my expectation for EOGN. Read the EOGN blog post that  I am railing against here: http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2011/09/genealogy-site-rankings.html

Certainly if I surveyed Polish Genealogy websites, my list would look differently too.

Here is the only credible 2011 Rankings:

Rank    Website                     Coverage/Content

  1. Ancestry.com $ – Ancestry.com is the leading genealogical data site, and includes articles, instruction, and reference help.
  2. MyHeritage.com - Focuses on genealogy community building and networking.
  3. FindAGrave.com - This database of 57 million cemetery inscriptions adds about a million per month and often includes tombstone photos.
  4. FamilySearch.org - This major data website sponsored by the LDS Church includes the IGI, census records, the library’s catalog and a growing collection of historical records from throughout the world, along with instruction and reference help. (4>5>5)
  5. Genealogy.com $ – A major data site, includes family trees, instruction and reference help. (5>2>4)
  6. Geni.com – Free, with the world’s largest collaborative family. (31>8>18)
  7. MyFamily.com - Hosts family websites for sharing photos, genealogy, and more. (33>5>5)
  8. FamilyLink.com $ - One of the most popular FaceBook applications helps people identify and network with their family and search billions of records. (2>80>72)
  9. RootsWeb.com – One of the largest, free, user-contributed data sites, includes 575 million names in family trees, also instruction and reference help. (6>4>2)
  10. AncestorHunt.com – Free genealogy search engine linking to free data. (11>11>12)
  11. AccessGenealogy.com – Millions of names in 250,000 pages, along with links to free data; especially useful for Native American information, and some data. (13>14>13)
  12. SearchForAncestors.com - Interactive directory of free genealogy websites and data. (12>19>21)
  13. GenealogyBank.com $ – 1 billion exclusive records from 4500 newspapers and historical books. (19>31>41)
  14. USGWArchives.net – A large collection of free data, arranged by state and searchable across the entire collection. (8>not ranked)
  15. CyndisList.com – The best subject catalog of genealogy webpage links. (14>17>15)
  16. Interment.net - Transcribed and indexed cemetery inscriptions. (16>16>16)
  17. OneGreatFamily.com$ – A family tree sharing and collaboration website. (9>11>9)
  18. GenealogyToday.com - Includes instruction, reference articles, and some unique data collections. (10>12>11)
  19. SurnameWeb.org – A collection of surname website links; online since 1996. (48>62>26)
  20. FindMyPast.co.uk$ – (Back in) 650 million British records of many types [formerly FindMyPast.com]. (57>46>50)
  21. Geneanet.org - (Back in) A European collection of 400 million names in family trees, community, and submitted records. (58>42>36)
  22. DeathIndexes.com - Lists of links to United States death records, by state. (23>25>31)
  23. Linkpendium.com – Nine million genealogy links organized by state/county and surname. (24>24>35)
  24. EllisIsland.org - Database of 24 million New York passenger arrivals that is free to search. Actual passenger list images can be printed or purchased. (15>20>14)
  25. GeneBase.com - A DNA ancestry cataloguing project with 675,000 users. (21>24>24)
  26. GenealogyTrails.com - Five year old site with free U.S. data contributed by volunteers. (25>35>NR)
  27. GenealogyBuff.com – A free genealogy search site with hundreds of data sources. (27>134>NR)
  28. FamilyTreeMaker.com - Homepage for Ancestry.com’s genealogical software. (28>21>20)
  29. USGennet.org - Historical and genealogical web hosting service. (18>15>17)
  30. WorldVitalRecords.com $ – The data collection provided by Family Link, with over a billion records, as well as instruction and reference help. (17>13>10)
  31. FamilyTreeDNA.com - DNA testing service focused upon family history test types. (20>26>27)
  32. Footnote.com $ – In conjunction with the U.S. National Archives, Footnote offers data, original records images, and more. (37>9>8)
  33. KindredKonnections.com $ – Grassroots created data site with compiled family trees, and some extracted records. (29>22>19)
  34. CensusFinder.com - Links to free census records. (22>29>40)
  35. Archives.com $ – A major new subscription data site, launched in July 2009 and already with more than a billion names. (41>New)
  36. DistantCousin.com - An online archive of genealogy records and images of historical documents. (34>23>22)
  37. FamilyHistory101.com - Less than four years old and full of instruction and guidance for genealogists. (38>47>107)
  38. ThePeerage.com – A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. (44>53>58)
  39. TribalPages.com - Family trees hosting with 300,000 members and 80 million names. (35>28>25)
  40. RootsChat.com – (New) Free family history messaging forum with almost 3 million mostly UK messages. (57>54>NR)
  41. HeritageQuestOnline.com $ – Census, PERSI (the periodical index), books, all free to you at many libraries. (32>39>39)
  42. NewspaperObituaries.net – (New) A directory of obituary databases and archives on the web. (91>84>126)
  43. AncientFaces.com - Share genealogy research, community pages, family photos & records more for free. (46>48>38)
  44. JewishGen.org - Jewish, reference, instruction, coordination, and databases. (26>32>28)
  45. PoliticalGraveyard.com - Comprehensive source of U.S. political biography that tells where many dead politicians are buried. (36>33>34)
  46. CousinConnect.com - A large free queries website. (39>27>23)
  47. DAR.org - Site of the largest lineage society; includes their library catalog and 32 million name index. (43>49>67)
  48. FamilyTreeMagazine.com – (New) Website for popular magazine that includes shopping, links, and research tools. (55>67>47)
  49. AmericanAncestors.org $ – (New) The new name for the NEHGS website and their 3,000 databases.  (73>89>87)
  50. GenealogyLinks.net – 50,000 links to free sites, arranged by state and county. (53>50>43)

Dropping out of the top 50:

  • GenWed.com- Online marriage records, where to order, some indexes, and more. (42>43>42)
  • ObitLinksPage.com- State-by-state directory of obituaries and obituary resources. (47>not ranked)
  • Genuki.org.uk- Large collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. (50>34>32)
  • GenoPro.com- Genealogy software that produces genograms (40>37>53)
  • US-Census.org- Census abstracts (U.S. GenWeb Census Project) (49>45>37)
  • Genealogy.org– (New) A listing of 400+ registered websites, ranked weekly by hits. (45>69>56)
  • FamilyTiez.com– (New) A site where families can establish their own pages to share news, photos, events and genealogy with each other. (30>not ranked)

Send Me your  top 10 Polish Genealogy Websites. This will be a non-scientific survey and I will only publish my findings if I can get 36 emails and I will add in my own top 10 Polish Genealogy sites too. Do not include from the above “generic” genealogy sites. I will allow only Polish (or German, Russian, Austrian, Slavic, Czech, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Jewish, or Hungarian genealogy websites that have ties to Poland).

Email your top 10 to: Stanczyk Email

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