Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 20 Most Popular Posts on Genea-Musings From 2014

Like many other genea-bloggers, I'm curious about which posts on Genea-Musings are "popular" - and why they might be.

Here are the Top 20 Genea-Musings blog posts from 2014 that had the most page views in 2014 (from View Count statistics on Google Blogger Posts page). 


1)  RootsTech 2014 Genealogy Blog Compendium (Last Updated 7 March 2014) (first posted 9 February 2014) - 3,906 views.

2)  Find Relatives on the BYU-EDU Relative Finder Website (posted 23 July 2014) - 3,477 views.

3)  My First Look at GEDMatch Autosomal DNA Analysis (posted 4 August 2014) - 3,155 views.

4)  Looking at Mundia.com Again - a Free Family Tree Site (posted 7 January 2014) - 2,757 views.

5)  BIG News from Ancestry.com - Announcing Retirement of Several Features and Websites (posted 5 June 2014) - 2,716 views.

6)  Trying Out Flipboard, a Curated Magazine Website/Mobile App (posted 20 January 2014) - 2,451 views

7)  MyHeritage Team Photographs Israeli Cemetery and Saves it to BillionGraves (posted 11 March 2014) - 2,422 views.

8)  My Relationships to U.S. Presidents - Post 2: Presidents 34-38 (posted 13 November 2014) - 2,320 views.

9)  My Top Ten FREE USA Genealogy Resource Websites (posted 30 January 2014) - 2,083 views.

10)  RootsTech 2014 Live Streamed Sessions - Watch for FREE from Home - UPDATED (posted 8 January 2014) - 1,963 views.

11)  Ancestry Drops "Old Search" - Hysteria Ensues (posted 7 March 2014) - 1,800 views.

12)  More on Finding Record Hints for a Specific Database on Ancestry.com (posted 17 October 2014) - 1,679 views.

13)  Tuesday's Tip - Use "Record Hints" to Add Sources to FamilySearch Family Tree (posted 19 August 2014) - 1,637 views.

14)  National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2014 Conference Blog Compendium (posted 11 May 2014) - 1,494 views.

15)  Reader Comments About the Ancestry.com MyFamily Retirement (posted 11 June 2014) - 1,436 views

16)  Should We Put Digital Image URLs in Source Citations? (posted 11 April 2014) - 1,332 views.

17)  A Family Tree Maker 2014 Source Citation for Anna Sjursdatter's Death Record (posted 21 January 2014) - 1,286 views.

18)  Crafting a Norway Church Record Digital Image Source Citation in Family Tree Maker 2014 (posted 18 March 2014) - 1,245 views.

19)  Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What's Your Ancestor Score? (posted 4 January 2014) - 1,158 views.

20)  The MyCanvas Retirement Problem - Saving as a Set of PDF Files (posted 10 June 2014) - 1,108 views

The five most popular Genea-Musings posts since 2007 are:

1)  Microfilm Scanning at the FHL and FHC (posted 22 July 2009) - 72,486 views.

2)  1940 Census Enumeration District Maps Online at NARA Website (posted 18 July 2011) - 63,059 views.

3)  Genealogy Presentations on Slideshare.net (posted 28 January 2010) - 26,075 views.

4)  Merry Christmas to All! (posted 25 December 2011) - 14,852 views.

5)  World records for number of children (posted 21 July 2006) - 9,946 views.

Of course, all of my blog posts are viewed by many more readers than those that go to the web page for the post - those who read them on the Genea-Musings home page, those that read them in an RSS reader, or on a mobile device, and those that receive them via email.

Another measure of popularity or readership might be in the number of comments generated by each post.  I don't think that is a reliable measure of popularity because of the proliferation of RSS reader usage, email usage, and mobile device usage, each of which require one or more click throughs to get to the comment box.

It certainly seems like readers search for pop culture topics, DNA topics, source citations, and for genealogy software topics, and find my blog posts.

Previous "most popular" posts on Genea-Musings are:


I wonder what the least popular Genea-Musings post was?  I know that Surname Saturday, Treasure Chest Thursday, and Amanuensis Monday posts are not that popular.  Best of the Genea-Blogs and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun are usually popular, often with the highest number of views each week.  


Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


1 comment:

Lisa Gorrell said...

I know my favorite posts are Best of Genea-blogs and anything you write about Rootsmagic. Your last post answering Bonnie's question was very interesting.