Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Benchmarks update for September

Rebounding from the summer lull with major new additions to online databases, TV programs, and Rockstar genealogists, September saw some major gains in Alexa ranking of genealogy websites.

Familysearch.org has added or updated record collections for a total of 1,837 (1,804). Census & lists account for 164 (159); birth, marriage, & death 1,073 (1,057); probate & court 191 (182); military 124 (123); migration & naturalization 124 (124); and with a change in categories, other 142 (142); miscellaneous 19 (17). Familysearch.org slid back in Alexa rank to 4,373 (4,239).

Ancestry sites all advanced in rank: the .com site 634 (651); the .co.uk site 5,755 (6,138) and the .ca 18,451 (22,127). The number of datasets in the collection grew to 32,405 (32,375); including 1,984 (1,981) for Canada, 1,818 (1,811) for the UK, 141 (141) for Australia and, 25,692 (25,679) for the USA.

MyHeritage.com's Alexa rank slipped to 7,768 (7,666).

Findmypast.co.uk slipped further in Alexa rank to 20,373 (18,625) while .com edged back to 70,980 (69,406).

Canadiana.ca had a healthy gain in Alexa rank to 317,792 (401,780).

Family Tree DNA gained back most of the previous month losses in rank to 30,833 (32,161) while claiming a total of 699,630 (696,851) records. 23andMe may have halted the decline 15,800 (15,923)

GenealogyinTime.com ranked 28,817 (26,466) ; Mocavo.com 27,599 (27,594) and, eogn.com 34,243 (31,460). I've added lostcousins.com, Peter Calver's must follow site for British genealogy news, which is Alexa ranked 214,004.

Britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk contains 8,748,345 (8,572,037) digitized pages, an average addition of 5,877 (5,131) pages per day. Check out the recent additions here, (even some from neglected East Anglia, although sadly not Norfolk). Alexa rank advanced 101,320 (110,925).
Newspapers.com contains 3,328 (3,289) newspapers including 669,698 (669,469) pages for England and 1,727,976 (1,672,744) pages for Canada. The Alexa rank continued a rapid advanced to 16,442 (17,321).

Cyndislist.com claims 332,773 (332,447) total links in 204 (204) categories, with 979 (990) uncategorized; Alexa rank continued to advance to 27,190 (30,076).

FreeBMD.org.uk added records mid-month, now with 241,001,812  (240,217,566) distinct records. Alexa rank 48,360 (51,004).

CanadianHeadstones.com has 976,000 (948,000) gravestone photo records from across Canada. Alexa rank made a huge advance to 355,498 (455,376). Deceasedonline.com had a very substantial advance in rank to 474,578 (566,691). The Canadian Gravemarker Gallery (gravemarkers.ca), with over  ------- (854,000) photographs from across Canada, was not rated (6,748,685) on Alexa.

With a single exception family history society websites increased in popularity.
Among Canadian family history societies bifhsgo.ca ranked 1,605,692 (2,455,914), qfhs.ca 2,728,294 (6,716,891), and ogs.on.ca 344,999 (448,063).
In the US, ngsgenealogy.org ranked 420,275 (474,862), americanancestors.org ranked 69,126 (82,246), scgsgenealogy.com again declined to rank 1,228,249 (877,999).
In the UK, sog.org.uk ranked 459,515 (546,878).

And in case you're curious, Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections has 5,957 (5,877) posts; on Alexa the .ca site ranked 190,360 (249,917) thanks to traffic generated by the Rockstar genealogist poll.

Did I miss something significant? If so please post a comment with statistics if applicable.

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