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A bit of bragging

The Legal Genealogist got a bit of good news while reviewing email this morning.

On top of this blog’s inclusion in the American Bar Association Journal‘s “Blawg 100” list for the third year in a row1 comes the announcement from GenealogyInTime Magazine of its “Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016.”2

The magazine, an online publication hailing from Canada, reports each year on the top 100 genealogy websites around the world. It describes this year’s list this way:

This is GenealogyInTime Magazine’s fifth annual ranking of the top 100 most popular genealogy websites from around the world. … Since we began this list five years, it has become the gold standard for genealogy lists … an objective and independent ranking of the top 100 genealogy websites.3

Top1002016The top websites won’t come as a surprise to anyone:, Find A Grave,, and the like can always be expected to lead the pack.

And there are some interesting newcomers on the list:, a free ad-supported search engine, jumped onto the list at number 14; the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island site at number 49; and some international sites worth checking out.

It was great to see that two DNA-related websites not only came back among the top websites but moved up: Family Tree DNA and GEDMatch came in at number 11 and number 20, respectively, up from numbers 14 and 31 last year. And it was terrific that they were joined this year by a DNA-related blog, Roberta Estes’ DNAeXplained, at number 92.

In all, a grand total of four genealogy-related blogs made the list:

Number 43: My dear friend and prolific writer Dick Eastman with his now-20-year-old Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.

Number 92: Roberta Estes’ DNAeXplained.

Number 95: Thomas MacEntee’s Geneabloggers.

Let’s see here… one… two… three…

Hmmmmm… who did I forget?

Oh, yeah.

The second highest-ranked blog, coming in at number 76, up 10 spots from last year, now four years old (officially, as of 1 January), The Legal Genealogist.

And then there’s the list of “Genealogy Websites Worth Knowing,” “websites that just missed the cut for the Top 100 List. Some of these websites have been on the list in past years; others seem to always be just beyond the cut-off year after year. We have a soft spot for many of these websites because most have been around for years faithfully serving the genealogy community.”4

And “popular blogs that just missed the top 100 cut-off” include some gems: Lisa Louise Cook’s Genealogy Gems, Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings, Claire Santry’s Irish Genealogy News and Pat Richley-Erickson’s Dear Myrtle.

Check out GenealogyInTime Magazine‘s “Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016” — there’s a lot there for all of us, including some sites that are both old friends — and new!


  1. Judy G. Russell, “Three years in a row!,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 24 Nov 2015 ( : accessed 9 Mar 2016).
  2. “Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016,” GenealogyInTime Magazine ( : accessed 9 Mar 2016).
  3. Ibid.
  4. “Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016: Genealogy Websites Worth Knowing,” GenealogyInTime Magazine ( : accessed 9 Mar 2016).
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