Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Top Genealogy Web Sites - from my readers

Last weekend, the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun topic was "What are your Top Ten Genealogy Websites?" Almost 20 readers provided their list, including:

* Terri O'Connell on the Finding Our Ancestors blog.

* Jordan Jones on the Genealogy Media blog.

* Greta Koehl on Greta's Genealogy Bog.

* Gena Ortega on Gena's Genealogy Blog

* Valerie C. on Begin With 'Craft' blog.

* Unknown blogger on Relative Musings blog.

* Lisa Rex on Rootsfinder Family History blog.

* Schelly Talalay Dardashti on the Tracing the Tribe blog.

* TorillJ on the Ord fra DIS-Norges leder blog.

* Earline Bradt on the Ancestral Notes blog.

* Elyse Doerflinger on Elyse's Genealogy Blog.

* Leah on The Internet Genealogist blog.

* Bill West on the West in New England blog.

* John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog.

* Vidar Overlie on the Vidars slektsblogg blog.

* Laila Christiansen on the Slekt og Slikt! blog.

* Randy Seaver on the Genea-Musings blog.

* Professor Dru on the Find Your Folks blog.

* Connie M via email.

Did I miss someone? If so, please let me know as a comment here with a link to your blog.

My first thought was to assign points to each site on each list - 10 for a #1, 9 for a #2, down to a 1 for a #10. But several people didn't want to list them in order. So I'm going to list the favorites by the number of times they made someone's list:

1. http://www.ancestry.com/ - on 16 lists
2. http://www.familysearch.org/ - on 14 lists
3. http://www.footnote.com/ - on 12 lists
4. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ - on 10 lists
5. http://www.usgenweb.org/ - on 7 lists

5. http://www.genealogybank.com/ - on 6 lists
7. http://www.findagrave.com/ - on 5 lists
7. http://books.google.com/ - on 5 lists
7. http://www.rootstelevision.com/ - on 5 lists
10. http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ - on 4 lists

10. http://www.newenglandancestors.org/ - on 4 lists
10. http://www.cyndislist.com/ - on 4 lists
13. http://www.heritagequestonline.com/ - on 3 lists
13. http://www.digitalarkivet.no/ - on 3 lists
13. http://www.disnorge.no/genress/- on 3 lists

13. http://genforum.genealogy.com/ - on 3 lists
13. http://blog.eogn.com/ - 3 lists
18. http://www.jewishgen.org/ - 2 lists
18. http://www.linkpendium.com/ - 2 lists
18. http://www.deathindexes.com/ - 2 lists
18. http://www.geni.com/ - 2 lists
18. http://www.loc.gov/ - 2 lists

The list is tilted a little toward Norway, since three Norwegian bloggers participated in this SNGF, which I appreciate! Since we had only one Canadian participate, the Canada-specific links didn't make the list. I imagine that the next time I do this that there will be a rush of Canadian, English, Norwegian, and Australian bloggers participating!

Thank you to all who participated in Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - it wouldn't be any fun without you!

So is this list any better than the one in the previous post? Are there any surprises in this list - either included or not included?

UPDATED: 5/6 8 a.m. - corrected Leah's link and added some commentary.

UPDATED 5/7 9 p.m. - added Dru's link and numbers


TorillJ said...
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TorillJ said...

Thanks this was interesting. I did include the results on my blog, also referring back to yours and hope that is all right

Jean-Yves said...

Link to "Leah on The Internet Genealogist blog" is not correct.

Earline Hines Bradt said...

I decided to do my favourite Canadian sites for genealogy research. I guess I was the only blogger to do it, none of my sites made your list, well, if you count Ancestry.ca as Ancestry.com, one did, lol.