Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 2013

I'm still a "numbers guy" and like to try to keep track of various numbers in the genealogy world. So this is a list of genealogy numbers as of 1 January 2013 (see last year's numbers at 1 January 2012 Benchmark Numbers):

1) http://www.Ancestry.com ($$)

*  about 2.0 million paying subscribers (2012: about 1.7 million)
* 31,322 Databases in the Card Catalog (2012: 30,482; 2011: 30,006)
*  29 million family trees with over 3 billion profiles (2012: 29 million trees, over 3 billion profiles)
* 2,147,483,647 persons in Public Member Trees (2012: 1,838,295,985; 2011: 
1,263,587,509)
* 619,560,089 persons in Private Member Trees (2012: 448,817,254; 2011: 308,674,051)

2) www.FamilySearch.org (free)

* 1,413 Historical Record Collections online (2012: 1000; 2011: 519)
* 70,171 Research Wiki articles (2012: 65,815; 2011: 46,002)
* 432 Research Courses (by level) (2012: 252; 2011: 109)
* 91 Community Trees (2012: 67; 2011: 64)


3) http://www.Fold3.com ($$)

*   150 sets of original documents (counted) (2012: 218; 2011: 509)
*   101,795,063 images online (2012: 85,413,046; 2011: 71,731,610)
*  99,000,000+ Memorial Pages (2012: 100,036,579)


4) www.WorldVitalRecords.com ($$)

*  22,336 collections (2012: 28,700)
*  more than 4.2 billion names (2012: 4.2 billion)
* over 158 million record images (2012: 158 million)
*  over 100 million newspaper pages (2012: 100 million)


5) http://www.Archives.com/ ($$)

* 321  databases (2012: 268; 2011: 140)
* over 2.5 billion  records (2012: over 1.5 billion; 2011: 1,158,738,805)


6) www.GenealogyBank.com ($$)

* over 6,400 newspapers (2012: 5,800; 2011: 4,600)
* over 1.365 billion records (2012: over 1 billion; 2011: 700 million)


7) www.Rootsweb.Ancestry.com (free)

* 698,798,164 persons in WorldConnect family trees (2012:L 667,438,708; 2011: 630,984,813 )
* 437,989 WorldConnect databases (2012: 434,729; 2011: 430,030)
* 282,193,587  records in FreeBMD database (2012: 266,785,174; 2011: 195,536,463)


8) http://www.AmericanAncestors.org ($$)

* almost 3,000 databases

9) www.MyHeritage.com ($$)

*   over 72 million Members (2012: 61,626,012)
*  27 million Family Trees (2012: 20,920,031; 2011: 16,306,687)
*   1.5 billion individuals in family trees (2012: 906,702,547; 2011: 645,780,280)


10) www.Geni.com ($$)

*  almost 60 million users (2012: almost 60 million)
* over 100 million profiles in family trees (2012: over 100 million)
*  over 65 million profiles in Geni's World Family Tree (2012: 60,629,166)


11) www.WeRelate.org wiki (free)

* over 2.3 million  persons in family tree (2012: over 2 million)

12)  www.WikiTree.com wiki (free)

*  57,000 WikiTreers (2012: 43,000)
*  4.2 million profiles (2012: 2.9 million)


13) www.FindMyPast.co.uk  ($$)

* about 750 million family history records (2012: about 750 million)

*  about 640 UK/Ireland/Australasia databases
*  24 U.S.A. databases


14) www.CyndisList.com (free)

* 325,819 genealogy links (2012: 309,467; 2011: 291,330)


15) www.Linkpendium.com(free)

*  10,049,723 genealogy links (2012: 9,948,990; 2011: 9,239,987)


16)  www.FindAGrave.com (free):

*  over 91 million grave records (2012: over 73 million)

17)  http://ChroniclingAmerica.loc.gov/ (free):

*  5,206,652 newspaper pages available (2012: 4,540,417)

I obtained those numbers from publicly available information on the websites.  Several sites have not updated their numbers, or have hidden the numbers.

There are many free and subscription websites that do not publish easily findable numbers.


What other websites and what other numbers should I be benchmarking? Are some of the numbers wrong? Please tell me in Comments and I will edit the list above!


The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2013/01/genealogy-industry-benchmark-numbers.html

Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver 

9 comments:

Drew Smith said...

What about NewspaperArchive.com and Newspapers.com?

Louis Kessler said...

This is a fantastic bit of benchmarking research you do each year, Randy. Thanks for doing this.

You might want to add stats on: OneGreatFamily who claim to be the world's largest online family tree. As I write this, they say their database has 236,512,517 submitted pedigree-linked names.

The other one is GeneaNet. They state they have about two million members who share more than 400 million entries for free in their Online Family Trees, Archival Records, Indexes, Family Pictures and Postcards.

Louis

Sharyn said...

Thanks for putting this together. It's great to see everything in one place and get a sense of it all.

Andy Hatchett said...

It would also be interesting to see the Alexa ran king of those sites

Keith Riggle said...

Randy, where do the Geni.com numbers come from? In a Wall Street Journal interview, Gilad Japhet said, "We [MyHeritage.com] now have 72 million registered users, including Geni, which contributed 7 million." With over 100 million profiles in family trees, this makes sense. After all, the vast majority of the profiles are for deceased people.

Andy Hatchett said...

I mentioned the Alexa rankings so went ahead and did them.

Rank-Company- Alexa Ranking- (Randy's list #)

1.Ancestry.com 671 (1)
2.MyHeritage.com 4,109 (9)
3.ChronicalingAmerica.loc.gov 4,121 (17)
4.FindAGrave 4,230 (16)
5.FamilySearch.org 5,017 (2)
6.Geni.com 5,470-4,145 (10)
7.Archives.com 8,329-1,664 (5)
8.GenealogyBank.com 21,027 (6)
9.FindMyPast.co.uk 22,549 (13)
10.Fold3.com 34,295 (3)
11.Rootsweb.com 55,648 (7)
12.WorldVitalRecords 57,128 (4)
13.WikiTree.com 57,581 (12)
14.CyndisList.com 79,154 (14)
15.AmericanAncestors.org 88,730 (8)
16.WeRelate.org 127,756 (11)
17.Linkpendium.com 303,989 (15)

Grant Davis said...

Thanks for posting this article. I'm a numbers person as well. I've been a member of Geneabloggers for three months, and it has been one of the best choices I made last year. I love blogging. indirectly because of participating in Geneabloggers I received "An Early Christmas Gift," and was able to share it on my blog. I would invite you to read it. I hope to improve my blogging this coming year. I'm planning another blog which will be more detailed about the research I am doing. Happy New Year!

Regards,

Grant

Dan Stone said...

Great information. Thanks for posting. I think it would also be interesting to track the growth of the DNA genealogy sites. Family Tree DNA (http://www.familytreedna.com/why-ftdna.aspx) is reporting:

As of January 2, 2013, the Family Tree DNA database has 401,057 records. We also have:

7,211 Surname Projects
274,762 unique surnames
247,956 Y-DNA records in the database
159,988 25-marker records in the database 139,755 37-marker records in the database
64,757 67-marker records in the database
153,101 mtDNA records in the database
21,811 FGS records in the database

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Not sure if the other DNA genealogy sites have such easily accessible numbers. I would like to see Ancestry.com's DNA numbers tracked yearly, if they are available.

Dan Stone said...

While not from an exact yearly increment prior, something I found for comparison is:

As of April 02, 2011, the Family Tree DNA database has 329,073 records. We also have:

6,355 Surname Projects
101,171 unique surnames
203,473 Y-DNA records in the database
124,230 25-marker records in the database
105,023 37-marker records in the database
46,117 67-marker records in the database
125,600 mtDNA records in the database
14,077 FGS records in the database