50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2008
Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA
This list was created in the first quarter of 2008. It was developed from a list of criteria explained in an article published in the Digital Genealogist, edited by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens.
Rank Website Coverage/Content
- Ancestry.com $ - Ancestry.com is the leading genealogical data site, with some articles, instruction, and reference help.
- RootsWeb.com - Rootsweb is a major data site, with free instruction and reference help.
- MyHeritage.com - MyHeritage focuses on genealogy community building and networking.
- Genealogy.com $ - This is major data site, with instruction and reference help.
- FamilySearch.org - This is a major data website sponsored by the LDS Church and includes with instruction and reference help.
- MyFamily.com - Hosts family websites for sharing photos, genealogy, and more.
- FindAGrave.com - A database of cemetery inscriptions and photos.
- Footnote.com $ - In conjunction with the U.S. National Archives, Footnote offers data, original records images,
- OneGreatFamily.com $ - This is primarily a family trees sharing and collaboration website.
- WorldVitalRecords.com $ - WVR is
also known as Family Link, and represents a major data website, with
instruction and reference help.
- GenealogyToday.com - Genealogy Today includes instruction, reference articles, and includes some unique data collections.
- AncestorHunt.com - A site consisting of collected genealogy links.
- AccessGenealogy.com - A website that includes references to helpful articles, especially for Native American information, and some data.
- EllisIsland.org - Database of passenger lists that is free to search. Actual passenger list images can be purchased.
- CyndisList.com - A huge website dedicated to cataloguing genealogy website links.
- Interment.net - Transcribed and indexed cemetery inscriptions.
- USGennet.org - Historical and genealogical web hosting service.
- Geni.com - Web 2.0 and focuses on genealogy community building and networking.
- KindredKonnections.com $ -
Grassroots created data site with compiled family Trees, and some extracted
- FamilyTreeMaker.com - Homepage for Ancestry.com's genealogical software.
- SearchForAncestors.com - Interactive directory of free genealogy
websites and data.
- DistantCousin.com - An online archive of genealogy records and images of historical documents.
- CousinConnect.com - A large free queries website.
- GeneBase.com - A DNA ancestry cataloguing project
- TribalPages.com - Family trees hosting and charting program.
- SurnameWeb.org - A collection of surname website links; online since 1996.
- FamilyTreeDNA.com - DNA testing service focused upon family history test types.
- JewishGen.org - Jewish, reference, instruction, coordination, and databases.
- ObitCentral.com - Obituary database for finding obituaries and performing cemetery searches.
- GenCircles.com - Upload and share your family trees.
- DeathIndexes.com - Lists of links to United States death records, by state.
- Genuki.org.uk - Large collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the
Isle of Man.
- Daddezio.com - Website focused upon Italian research, with instruction, information and more.
- PoliticalGraveyard.com - Comprehensive source of U.S. political
biography that tells where many dead politicians are buried.
- Linkpendium.com - A collection of genealogy links categorized by region and surname.
- Geneanet.org - A collection of family trees, community, and submitted records.
- US-Census.org - Census abstracts (U.S. GenWeb Census Project)
- AncientFaces.com - Share genealogy research, community pages, family photos & records more for free.
- HeritageQuestOnline.com $ - Census,
PERSI (the periodical index), books.
- CensusFinder.com - Links to free census records.
- GenealogyBank.com $ - Database with index of newspapers and early books.
- GenWed.com - Online marriage records, where to order, some indexes, and more.
- GenealogyLinks.net - Links to free sites, arranged by state and county.
- WorldRoots.com - European nobility and German reference material.
- ProGenealogists.com - Website created by professional genealogists with links, instruction, data, and reference aids.
- Census-Online.com - Links to censuses and census abstracts.
- FamilyTreeMagazine.com - Website for magazine publisher that includes
shopping, links, and research tools.
- KindredTrails.com - Links to genealogy and data websites.
- USGenWeb.com - A group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
- FindMyPast.com $ - Indexes to British records of many types.