I received an e-mail from Kyle McWhirter, an intern at Find The Best, drawing my attention to a new Surname/Family Name comparisons that allows the user to sort surnames based on popularity, rank, total in US, demographic, and more. There are over 125,000 surnames listed and the information is from the U.S. Social Security Department.
I e-mailed him back to let him know that most of the readers of this blog would not be particularly interested in such US demographic data, but to please let me know when Canadian or British data is incorporated.
He then drew my attention to other databases which look more pertinent:
There are also local factors. It's helpful to have a local user base which you can tap for advice. On that basis Family Tree Maker and The Master Genealogist would certainly rate higher in Ottawa than on this list.
The review of genealogy databases places Ancestry at the top of the list, a list which does not include Find My Past!
Findthebest.com may be a website you want to keep in mind the next time you're comparison shopping online.