Sunday, January 1, 2017

Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 2017

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 2017 (see the last five year's numbers at  Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 2016Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 2015; Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 20141 January 2013 Benchmark Numbers; and 1 January 2012 Benchmark Numbers).

1) http://www.Ancestry.com (various, $$)

*  about 2.4 million paying subscribers (2016:  2.243 million; 2015: 2.125 million; 2014: 2.175 million; 2013: about 2.0 million; 2012: about 1.7 million)
*  2.5 million people DNA tested
* 32,795 Databases in the Card Catalog (2016: 32,467; 2015: 32,529; 2014: 31,477; 2013: 31,322; 2012: 30,482; 2011: 30,006)
*  over 19 billion records 
*  about 80 million family trees with over 8 billion profiles (2016: 70 million trees, over 6 billion profiles; 2015: 60 million trees, over 6 billion profiles; 2014:  55 million trees, over 5 billion profiles; 2013: 29 million trees, over 3 billion profiles)
* 2,147,483,647 persons in Public Member Trees (2016: same as 2015; 2015: same as 2014; 2014; same as 2013; 2013: 2,147,483,647; 2012: 1,838,295,985; 2011: 
1,263,587,509)
* 1,390,621,205 persons in Private Member Trees (2016: 1,193,868,492; 2015; 1,060,127,515; 2014:  824,470,052; 2013: 619,560,089; 2012: 448,817,254; 2011: 308,674,051)

Note:  The Public Member Trees number has not been updated since 2013.

2) www.FamilySearch.org (various, free)

*  7.4 million registered users
* 2,180 Historical Record Collections online (2016:  2054; 2015: 2019; 2014: 1699; 2013: 1,413; 2012: 1,000; 2011: 519)
* 84,801 Research Wiki articles (2016: 82,874; 2015: 82,120; 2014: 75,809; 2013: 70,171; 2012: 65,815; 2011: 46,002)

*  274.8 million indexed records added in 2016 (2016: 110 million)
*  5.57 billion searchable names (2016:  5.31 billion)
*  1.2 billion searchable documents
*  1.1 billion profiles in FamilySearch Family Tree. (2016: 1.1 billion; 2015: 1.1 billion; 2014: 1.0 billion)
*  14.6 million Memories (photos, documents, stories) in FamilySearch Family Tree (2016: 9.0 million; 2015: 4.9 million; 2013: 1.8 million)

Note:  FamilySearch does not provide public information about some numbers.

3) http://www.Fold3.com (records, $$)

*   490 titles of original documents (counted) (2016:  469; 2015: 445; 2014:  434)
*   484,438,036 total records (2016:  468,250,775; 2015: 437,779,797; 2014: 426,351,717)

4) http://www.Archives.com/ (records, $$)

* 462 collections (2016:  321; 2015: 508; 2014: 456; 2013: 321; 2012: 268; 2011: 140)
* over 4.8 billion  records (2016: over 4.3 billion; 2015: over 4 billion; 2014: 2.6 billion; 2013: over 2.5 billion; 2012: over 1.5 billion; 2011: 1,158,738,805)

5) www.MyHeritage.com (separate trees, $$)

*  7.166 billion historical records (2016:  6.362 billion)
*  2.147 billion individuals in MyHeritage family trees (2016:  1.666 billion; 2015: 1.412 billion; 2014: over 1.5 billion; 2013: 1.5 billion; 2012: 906,702,547; 2011: 645,780,280)


6) www.WorldVitalRecords.com (records, $$)

*  21,673 collections (2016: 21,673: 2015: 22,810; 2014: 23,210; 2013: 22,336; 2012: 28,700)
*  more than 4.2 billion names (2016: same as 2015; 2015: same as 2015, 2014: over 4.2 billion; 2013: over 4.2 billion; 2012: 4.2 billion)
* over 158 million record images (2016: same as 2015; 2015: same as 2014; 2014: over 158 million; 2013: over 158 million; 2012: 158 million)
*  over 100 million newspaper pages (2016: same as 2015; 2015: same as 2014; 2014: over 100 million; 2013: over 100 million; 2012: 100 million)


7) http://www.AmericanAncestors.org (records, $$)

* 462 online collections (2016:  441; 2015: almost 400)
*  30 journals and periodicals

8) www.Rootsweb.Ancestry.com (free)

* 814,875,115 persons in WorldConnect family trees (2016: 782,758,954; 2015: 751,736,012; 2014:  723,773,068; 2013: 698,798,164; 2012: 667,438,708; 2011: 630,984,813 )
* 445,984 WorldConnect databases (2016: 443,388; 2015: 442,391; 2014: 440,417; 2013: 437,989; 2012: 434,729; 2011: 430,030)
* 330,661,222 records in FreeBMD database (2016: 320,508,958; 2015: 309,880,224; 2014: 297,879,501; 2013: 282,193,587; 2012: 266,785,174; 2011: 195,536,463)


9) www.FindMyPast.com (records, $$)

* over 2.0 billion family history records (2016: over 2.0 billion; 2015: over 2.0 billion; 2014: 1.6 billion; 2013: about 750 million; 2012: about 750 million)
*  884 United Kingdom/Ireland databases (2016: 796; 2015: 581; 2014: 450)
*  347 Australasia databases (2016: 318; 2015: 269; 2014: 276)

*  828 U.S.and Canada databases (2016: 655; 2015: 558; 2014: 45)

10) www.CyndisList.com (links, free)

* 332,188 genealogy links (2016:  333,949; 2015: 295,359; 2014:  329,378; 2013: 325,819; 2012: 309,467; 2011: 291,330)


11) www.Linkpendium.com (links, free) 

*  10,161,620 genealogy links (2016: 10,400,108; 2015: 10,377,437; 2014: 10,212,253; 2013: 10,049,723; 2012: 9,948,990; 2011: 9,239,987)

12)  www.FindAGrave.com (records, free):

*  over 154 million grave records (2016: over 138 million; 2015: over 121 million; 2014:  over 110 million; 2013:  over 91 million; 2012: over 73 million)

13)  www.BillionGraves.com (records, free):

*  over 19.9 million grave records (2016:  over 18.2 million; 2015: 10.3 million; 2014: over 5.3 million)

14) www.GenealogyBank.com (records, $$)

* over 7,000 newspapers (2016: over 7,000; 2015: over 6,500; 2014: over 6,500; 2013:  over 6,400; 2012: 5,800; 2011: 4,600)
* over 2,109 billion records (2016: over 1.929 billion; 2015: over 1.727 billion; 2014: over 1.528 billion; 2013: over 1.365 billion; 2012: over 1 billion; 2011: 700 million)

 230 million obituaries (2016: 228 million; 2015: 215 million; 2014: 215 million)

15)  http://ChroniclingAmerica.loc.gov/ (records, free):

*  11,505,288 newspaper pages available (2016:  10,292,163; 2015: 8,831,604; 2014: 6,673,511; 2013: 5,206,652; 2012: 4,540,417)

16)  http://www.Newspapers.com (records, $$)

*  4,437 US newspapers (2016:  3,714; 2015: over 3,400; 2014: over 200)
*  226,068,997 total pages

17)  www.NewspaperARCHIVE.com (records, $$):

*  Over 7,631 newspaper titles (2016: 7,395; 2015: over 6,200; 2014: over 5,000)

18) www.Geni.com (shared tree, $$)

* 166.9 million profiles in family trees (2016: 153.9 million; 2015: 144.1 million; 2014: NNN million; 2013: over 100 million; 2012: over 100 million)
*  111.8 million profiles in Geni's World Family Tree (2016:  99.0 million; 2015: 83.1 million; 2014: over 70 million; 2013: over 65 million; 2012: 60,629,166)


19) www.WeRelate.org wiki (shared tree, free)

* over 2.750 million persons in family tree (2016: over 2.692 million; 2015: over 2.655 million; 2014: over 2.3 million; 2013: over 2.3 million; 2012: over 2 million)

20)  www.WikiTree.com wiki (shared tree, free)

*  389,466 WikiTreers (2016: 288,943; 2015: 233,297; 2014:  over 80,000; 2013: 57,000; 2012: 43,000)
*  12,907,762 profiles (2016: 11,268,773; 2015: 8,835,233; 2014:  over 5.3 million; 2013: 4.2 million; 2012: 2.9 million)




21)  www.GeneaNet.org (separate trees, $$)

*  2 million members (2016:  2 million; 2015: 2 million; 2014:  2 million)
*  Over 4 billion profiles in online family trees (2016: over 4 billion; 2015: over 1.9 billion; 2014: over 650 million)

22)  www.OneGreatFamily.com (shared tree, $$)

*  Over 190 million entries (2016: over 190 million)

23)  www.FamilyTreeDNA.com (DNA, $$):

*  ??? DNA test results (2016: ????; 2015: 707,017; 2014: 663,523; 2013: 401,057)

24)  www.23andme.com (DNA, $$):

*   ??? genotyped customers (2016: over 1.0 million; 2015: over 750,000; 2014: about 500,000)

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!


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2 comments:

Unknown said...

Hi Randy and Happy New Year. About GENEANET (the French genealogy site): it can also be accessed for FREE. A researcher can already find loads of information before becoming a paying member. I have a subscription which allows to narrow searches, research with first names and couples, allow research within a certain distance from the most likely place...... But really I didn't pay for a long time and found plenty of great stuff. Also all the indexation, photos and other generous work shared by members is TOTALLY FREE to access by anyone who signs in. I think that this is a really great business format by GENEANET. They don't take advantage of their members like other sites and still give great value for their paying members. Annick H.

John D. Tew said...

Fascinating material Randy . . . and I think it is a service to the genealogy community. Please keep up this annual numbers summary for those of us who also love numbers.