Monday 19 January 2015

Irish Genealogy News blog gains place in Top 100
GenealogyInTime Magazine has published its annual list of the top 100 genealogy websites and I'm really chuffed to see that Irish Genealogy News has made the grade. It's previously received honorable mentions for being just outside the top 100 but this time it's managed to crawl onto the main stage.

I'd like to thank all my regular readers (and, indeed, all occasional readers) for helping push IGN into the spotlight. I'll do my best to keep you coming back for more throughout 2015.

While Irish Genealogy News is at the other end of the Top 100 list to most of the Ancestrys, FindMyPasts and MyHeritages of this world, it is, nonetheless, in good company.  The Irish Family History Foundation's is the top Irish site at #61;, part of the global DC Thompson Family History stable, is at #75, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht's is at #90.

This here one-(wo)man band is at #99 – waving from the back, you might say. (I'm told my website, Irish Genealogy, ranked at #102.)

Only a handful of other blogs cut the mustard this year. Dick Eastman's Newsletter plays with the big boys at #28; The Legal Genealogist is at #86; Gould Genealogy at #87; Geneabloggers at #89 and John D Reid's Anglo-Celtic Connections is at #97.

The 'GenealogyInTime Top 100' is the definitive ranking list in genealogy. While the logo might say 'Top 100 most popular websites', the list isn't the result of a popularity contest in the usual sense. Instead, it is based on estimates of each site's internet traffic, as measured by Alexa, an independent company that produces statistics about the number of visitors and level of interaction each website receives. The result is a Top 100 list that is objective and comprehensive.

In addition to the ranking list, GenealogyInTime's report identifies the rising stars of the industry and the areas of greatest growth, and discusses the big three firms and their dominance of family history. It's an interesting report: Genealogy In Time's Top 100 genealogy websites of 2015.

Published in Ottawa, Canada, is itself a Top 100 site. It ranked at #26 this year, making it the most popular online genealogy magazine, but it has more than free in-depth articles. It also provides a number of free tools and resources for family historians and runs the largest free genealogy Search Engine. Check it out.