Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 2019

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 2019.  See the last six year's numbers at:

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Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 2018
*  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) Ancestry.com (various, $$)

*  about 3.0+  million paying subscribers (2018: 2.7+ million; 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 10 million people DNA tested (2018: 7 million; 2017: 2.5 million)
* 32,673 Databases in the Card Catalog (2018: 32,913; 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 (2018: over 20 billion; 2017: over 19 billion)
*  about 100 million family trees with over 11 billion profiles (2018: about 90 million, 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)
* 1,895,402,213 persons in Public Member Trees (2018: same as 2017; 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)
* 1,560,284,681 persons in Private Member Trees (2018: 1,505,901,531; 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)
*  1 billion daily searches monthly
*  17 million app downloads (2017: 16 million)

2) FamilySearch.org (various, free) - Updated 2 January 2019

*  over 11.8  million registered users (2018: 8.9 million; 2017: 7.4 million)
*  157.8 million FamilySearch.org website visitors (2018: 134 million)
* 2,411 Historical Record Collections online (2018: 2,279; 2017: 2,180; 2016:  2054; 2015: 2019; 2014: 1699; 2013: 1,413; 2012: 1,000; 2011: 519)
* 88,880 Research Wiki articles (2018: 86,948; 2017: 84,801; 2016: 82,874; 2015: 82,120; 2014: 75,809; 2013: 70,171; 2012: 65,815; 2011: 46,002)

*  more than 350,000 digitized Books (2018: 352,963)
* 122  million indexed records added in year (2018: 283 million; 2017: 274.8 million; 2016: 110 million)

300 million new record images
*  5.8  billion searchable records (2018: 5.84 billion; 2017: 5.57 billion; 2016:  5.31 billion)
*  1.21 billion profiles in FamilySearch Family Tree (2018: 1.2 billion; 2017: 1.1 billion; 2016: 1.1 billion; 2015: 1.1 billion; 2014: 1.0 billion)

*  1.2 billion total sources
*  2.5 billion total Hints *  more than 31  million Memories (photos, documents, stories) in FamilySearch Family Tree (2018: 22.7 million; 2017: 14.6 million; 2016: 9.0 million; 2015: 4.9 million; 2013: 1.8 million)

3) MyHeritage.com (separate trees, $$)

*  6,559 record collections (2018: 6,523)
*  9.50 billion historical records (2018: 8.43 billion; 2017: 7.166 billion; 2016:  6.362 billion)
*  3.101 billion individuals in MyHeritage family trees (2018: 2.615 billion; 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)
*  2.4 million MyHeritageDNA testers (2018: over 1 million)

4) FindMyPast.com (records, $$)

* over 8 billion family history records (2018: over 8 billion; 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)
*  1,125 United Kingdom/Ireland databases (2018: 991; 2017: 884; 2016: 796; 2015: 581; 2014: 450)
*  369 Australasia databases (2018: 354; 2017: 347; 2016: 318; 2015: 269; 2014: 276)
*  706 U.S.and Canada databases (2018: 423; 2017: 828; 2016: 655; 2015: 558; 2014: 45)

5) Archives.com (records, $$)

* 658 collections (2018: 658; 2017: 462; 2016:  321; 2015: 508; 2014: 456; 2013: 321; 2012: 268; 2011: 140)
* over 11 billion  records (2018: over 7.4 billion; 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)
6) Fold3.com (records, $$)

*   546 titles of original documents (2018: 272; 2017: 490; 2016:  469; 2015: 445; 2014:  434)
*   537,858,518  total records (2018: 522,713,889; 2017: 484,438,036; 2016:  468,250,775; 2015: 437,779,797; 2014: 426,351,717)

7) AmericanAncestors.org (records, $$)

*  424 online collections (2018: 455; 2017: 462; 2016:  441; 2015: almost 400)
*  30 journals and periodicals digitized (2018: 30; 2017: 30)
*  1.4 billion records (2018: 1.4 billion)

8) Rootsweb.com (free)

* 836,651,652 persons in WorldConnect family trees (2018: down; 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 )
* 448,679 WorldConnect databases (2018: down; 2017: 445,984; 2016: 443,388; 2015: 442,391; 2014: 440,417; 2013: 437,989; 2012: 434,729; 2011: 430,030)

9) CyndisList.com (links, free)

* 337,047 genealogy links (2018: 336,733; 2017: 332,188; 2016:  333,949; 2015: 295,359; 2014:  329,378; 2013: 325,819; 2012: 309,467; 2011: 291,330)

10) Linkpendium.com (links, free) 

*  10,192,456 genealogy links (2018: 10,406,176; 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)  FindAGrave.com (records, free):

*  over 170 million memorials (2018: over 158 million; 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)  BillionGraves.com (records, free):

*  over 26.6 million grave records (2017: over 19.9 million; 2016:  over 18.2 million; 2015: 10.3 million; 2014: over 5.3 million)

13) GenealogyBank.com (records, $$)

* over 9,000 newspapers (2018: over 8,700; 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 billion articles (2018: over 2.109 billion; 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 (2018: over 250 million; 2017: 230 million; 2016: 228 million; 2015: 215 million; 2014: 215 million)

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

*  2,685 digitized newspapers (2018: 2,469)
*  14,467,889 newspaper pages available (2018: 12,523,789; 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)  Newspapers.com (records, $$)

*  11,200+ digitized newspapers (2018: 6,001; 2017: 4,437; 2016:  3,714; 2015: over 3,400; 2014: over 200)
*  457,960,747 total pages (2018: 337,263,531; 2017: 226,068,997)

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

*  10,465+ newspaper titles (2018: 8,528; 2017: over 7,631; 2016: 7,395; 2015: over 6,200; 2014: over 5,000)

17) Geni.com (shared tree, $$)

* 279.8 million profiles in family trees (2018: 268.9 million; 2017: 166.9 million; 2016: 153.9 million; 2015: 144.1 million; 2014: 131 million; 2013: over 100 million; 2012: over 100 million)
*  121 million profiles in Geni's World Family Tree (2018: 118.2 million; 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) WeRelate.org wiki (shared tree, free)

* over 2.9 million persons in family tree (2018: over 2.8 million; 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)  WikiTree.com wiki (shared tree, free)

*  582,304 WikiTreers (2018: 481,487; 2017: 389,466; 2016: 288,943; 2015: 233,297; 2014:  over 80,000; 2013: 57,000; 2012: 43,000)
*  19,233,338 profiles (2018: 16,056,346; 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)  GeneaNet.org (separate trees, $$)

*  950,000 family trees (2018: 850,000)
*  3 million members (2018: 2 million; 2017: 2 million; 2016:  2 million; 2015: 2 million; 2014:  2 million)
*  5.5 billion profiles in online family trees (2018: over 5 billion; 2017: over 4 billion; (2016: over 4 billion; 2015: over 1.9 billion; 2014: over 650 million)

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

*  Over 249.5 million names (2018: 248.6 million; 2017: over 190 million; 2016: over 190 million)

22)  FamilyTreeDNA.com (DNA, $$):

*  ?~ 1 million DNA test results (2018: ????; 2017: ????; 2016: ????; 2015: 707,017; 2014: 663,523; 2013: 401,057)

23)  23andme.com (DNA, $$):

*   ~ 5 million genotyped customers (2018: ????; 2017:  ????; 2016: over 1.0 million; 2015: over 750,000; 2014: about 500,000)


24)  FamilyTreeWebinars.com (Webinars, $$)

*  838 webinars in archives

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!



Last UPDATED: 5 January 2019

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