Monday, January 1, 2018

Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 2018

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 2018.  See the last six year's numbers at:

Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 2017
Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 2016
Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 2015
Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 2014
1 January 2013 Benchmark Numbers
1 January 2012 Benchmark Numbers

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

*  about 2.7+  million paying subscribers (2017: about 2.4 million;  2016:  2.243 million; 2015: 2.125 million; 2014: 2.175 million; 2013: about 2.0 million; 2012: about 1.7 million)
*  over 7 million people DNA tested (2017: 2.5 million)
* 32,913 Databases in the Card Catalog (2017:  32,795; 2016: 32,467; 2015: 32,529; 2014: 31,477; 2013: 31,322; 2012: 30,482; 2011: 30,006)
*  over 20  billion records (2017: over 19 billion)
*  about 90 million family trees with over 10 billion profiles (2017: about 80 million trees, 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)
* 1,890,385,402,213 persons in Public Member Trees (2017: same as 2016; 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)
* 1,505,901,531 persons in Private Member Trees (2017: 1,390,621,205; 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)
*  75 million daily searches
*  16 million app downloads

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

*  8.9  million registered users (2017: 7.4 million)
*  134 million FamilySearchorg website visitors
* 2,279 Historical Record Collections online (2017: 2,180; 2016:  2054; 2015: 2019; 2014: 1699; 2013: 1,413; 2012: 1,000; 2011: 519)
* 86,948 Research Wiki articles (2017: 84,801; 2016: 82,874; 2015: 82,120; 2014: 75,809; 2013: 70,171; 2012: 65,815; 2011: 46,002)
*  283  million indexed records added in year (2017: 274.8 million; 2016: 110 million)
*  5.84  billion searchable names (2017: 5.57 billion; 2016:  5.31 billion)
*  1.25 billion searchable documents (2017: 1.2 billion)
*  1.2 billion profiles in FamilySearch Family Tree (2017: 1.1 billion; 2016: 1.1 billion; 2015: 1.1 billion; 2014: 1.0 billion)
*  22.7  million Memories (photos, documents, stories) in FamilySearch Family Tree (2017: 14.6 million; 2016: 9.0 million; 2015: 4.9 million; 2013: 1.8 million)
*  352,963 digitized Books

Note:  FamilySearch does not provide public information about some numbers.  I will modify when more information is available

3) http://www.Fold3.com (records, $$)

*   272 titles of original documents (2017: 490; 2016:  469; 2015: 445; 2014:  434)
*   522,713,889  total records (2017: 484,438,036; 2016:  468,250,775; 2015: 437,779,797; 2014: 426,351,717)

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

* 658 collections (2017: 462; 2016:  321; 2015: 508; 2014: 456; 2013: 321; 2012: 268; 2011: 140)
* over 7.4 billion  records (2017: over 4.8 billion; 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, $$)

*  6,523 record collections
*  8.43 billion historical records (2017: 7.166 billion; 2016:  6.362 billion)
*  2.615 billion individuals in MyHeritage family trees (2017: 2.147 billion; 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)
*  over 1 million MyHeritageDNA testers

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

*  455 online collections (2017: 462; 2016:  441; 2015: almost 400)
*  30 journals and periodicals digitized (2017: 30)
*  1.4 billion records

7) www.Rootsweb.Ancestry.com (free)

* ???? persons in WorldConnect family trees (2017: 814,875,115; 2016: 782,758,954; 2015: 751,736,012; 2014:  723,773,068; 2013: 698,798,164; 2012: 667,438,708; 2011: 630,984,813 )
* ???? WorldConnect databases (2017: 445,984; 2016: 443,388; 2015: 442,391; 2014: 440,417; 2013: 437,989; 2012: 434,729; 2011: 430,030)
* ???? records in FreeBMD database (2016: 320,508,958; 2015: 309,880,224; 2014: 297,879,501; 2013: 282,193,587; 2012: 266,782017: 330,661,222; 5,174; 2011: 195,536,463)

Rootsweb is currently unavailable.  I will update the numbers when/if it comes back online.

8) www.FindMyPast.com (records, $$)

* over 8 billion family history records (2017: over 2.0 billion; 2016: over 2.0 billion; 2015: over 2.0 billion; 2014: 1.6 billion; 2013: about 750 million; 2012: about 750 million)
*  991 United Kingdom/Ireland databases (2017: 884; 2016: 796; 2015: 581; 2014: 450)
*  354 Australasia databases (2017: 347; 2016: 318; 2015: 269; 2014: 276)
*  423 U.S.and Canada databases (2017: 828; 2016: 655; 2015: 558; 2014: 45)

9) www.CyndisList.com (links, free)

* 336,733 genealogy links (2017: 332,188; 2016:  333,949; 2015: 295,359; 2014:  329,378; 2013: 325,819; 2012: 309,467; 2011: 291,330)

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

*  10,406,176 genealogy links (2017: 10,161,620; 2016: 10,400,108; 2015: 10,377,437; 2014: 10,212,253; 2013: 10,049,723; 2012: 9,948,990; 2011: 9,239,987)

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

*  over 158 million memorials (2017: over 154 million; 2016: over 138 million; 2015: over 121 million; 2014:  over 110 million; 2013:  over 91 million; 2012: over 73 million)

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

*  over 23.0 million grave records (2017: over 19.9 million; 2016:  over 18.2 million; 2015: 10.3 million; 2014: over 5.3 million)

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

* over 8,700 newspapers (2017: over 7,000; 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 (2017: over 2.109 billion; 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)
*  over 250 million obituaries (2017: 230 million; 2016: 228 million; 2015: 215 million; 2014: 215 million)

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

*  2,469 digitized newspapers
*  12,523,789 newspaper pages available (2017: 11,505,288; 2016:  10,292,163; 2015: 8,831,604; 2014: 6,673,511; 2013: 5,206,652; 2012: 4,540,417)

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

*  6,001 digitized newspapers (2017: 4,437; 2016:  3,714; 2015: over 3,400; 2014: over 200)
*  337,263,531 total pages (2017: 226,068,997)

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

*  8,528 newspaper titles (2017: over 7,631; 2016: 7,395; 2015: over 6,200; 2014: over 5,000)

17) www.Geni.com (shared tree, $$)

* 268.9 million profiles in family trees (2017: 166.9 million; 2016: 153.9 million; 2015: 144.1 million; 2014: 131 million; 2013: over 100 million; 2012: over 100 million)
*  118.2 million profiles in Geni's World Family Tree (2017: 111.8 million; 2016:  99.0 million; 2015: 83.1 million; 2014: over 70 million; 2013: over 65 million; 2012: 60,629,166)

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

* over 2.8 million persons in family tree (2017: over 2.75 million; 2016: over 2.692 million; 2015: over 2.655 million; 2014: over 2.3 million; 2013: over 2.3 million; 2012: over 2 million)

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

*  481,847 WikiTreers (2017: 389,466; 2016: 288,943; 2015: 233,297; 2014:  over 80,000; 2013: 57,000; 2012: 43,000)
*  16,056,346 profiles (2017: 12,907,762; 2016: 11,268,773; 2015: 8,835,233; 2014:  over 5.3 million; 2013: 4.2 million; 2012: 2.9 million)

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

*  850,000 family trees
*  2 million members (2017: 2 million; 2016:  2 million; 2015: 2 million; 2014:  2 million)
*  Over 5 billion profiles in online family trees (2017: over 4 billion; (2016: over 4 billion; 2015: over 1.9 billion; 2014: over 650 million)

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

*  Over 248.6 million names (2017: over 190 million; 2016: over 190 million)

22)  www.FamilyTreeDNA.com (DNA, $$):

*  ???? DNA test results (2017: ????; 2016: ????; 2015: 707,017; 2014: 663,523; 2013: 401,057)

23)  www.23andme.com (DNA, $$):

*   ??? genotyped customers (2017:  ????; 2016: over 1.0 million; 2015: over 750,000; 2014: about 500,000)

I obtained these 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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