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One last bit of bragging

The Legal Genealogist has had an awful lot of good news here lately.

There was the inclusion in the American Bar Association Journal‘s “Blawg 100” list for the second year in a row.1

And then the popular vote win in the “Blawg 100” niche category for the second year in a row.2

And then the Utah Genealogical Association’s Silver Tray Award last Friday night.3

An awful lot of good news here lately.

To the point where, frankly, it’s a little embarrassing.

Which of course isn’t even going to slow me down from one last bit of bragging.4

GenealogyInTime Magazine, an online publication hailing from Canada, reports each year on the top 100 genealogy websites around the world. It describes its list this way:

top-100-genealogy-website-2015The annual GenealogyInTime Magazine Top 100 is the definitive list in genealogy. It profiles and ranks the best ancestral websites based on estimates of their internet traffic (as measured by Alexa, the internet traffic people). This results in a list that is objective, comprehensive and (most importantly) impartial.5

There’s a lot of discussion of the methodology and metrics used in creating the list, but GenealogyInTime Magazine notes in particular that:

• The popularity of a website is measured by Alexa along three dimensions: how many people visit a website, how much time is spent at the website and how much content is consumed. It is not based solely on how many people go to a particular website. The time spent on a website and the amount of content that is consumed are also important factors.

• The exact definition of a genealogy website is a surprisingly difficult question. We look at a variety of metrics. The key factor for us is that a website must be primarily oriented towards genealogy and genealogy research. Consequently, you won’t find many national archive websites on the list because these types of websites tend to attract a significant number of visitors unrelated to genealogy.6

The top websites won’t come as a surprise to anyone:,, Find A Grave, and the like can always be expected to lead the pack.

It was terrific to see that two DNA-related websites are also among the top websites: Family Tree DNA and GEDMatch came in at number 14 and number 31, respectively.

And a grand total of six genealogy-related blogs made the list, three from the United States and one each from Australia, Canada and Ireland:

Number 28: My dear friend and prolific writer Dick Eastman with his now-19-year-old Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.

Number 87: Australia’s Gould Genealogy — “Genealogy and history news and product announcements for Australians”.

Number 89: Thomas MacEntee’s Geneabloggers, “The ultimate site for your genealogy blog.”

Number 97: from John D. Reid, Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections, “an independent view of family history resources and developments seen from an Ottawa perspective.”

Number 99: Claire Santry’s Irish Genealogy News.

Let’s see here… one… two… three… four… five…

Hmmmmm… who did I forget?

Oh, yeah.

The second highest-ranked blog, coming in at number 86. Now three years old (officially, as of 1 January), The Legal Genealogist.


  1. Judy G. Russell, “The favor of your vote,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 15 Dec 2014 ( : accessed 19 Jan 2015).
  2. Ibid., “Two years in a row!,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 8 Jan 2015.
  3. Ibid., “The mentors,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 17 Jan 2015.
  4. Promise. We’ll get back to the law and genealogy real soon. Unless of course some other unexpected and really cool honor comes my way. Just sayin’ …
  5. “Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2015,” GenealogyInTime Magazine ( : accessed 19 Jan 2015).
  6. Ibid.
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