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Kory Meyerink: 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2008

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
  • $ - is the leading genealogical data site, with some articles, instruction, and reference help.
  • - Rootsweb is a major data site, with free instruction and reference help.
  • - MyHeritage focuses on genealogy community building and networking.
  • $ - This is major data site, with instruction and reference help.
  • - This is a major data website sponsored by the LDS Church and includes with instruction and reference help.
  • - Hosts family websites for sharing photos, genealogy, and more.
  • - A database of cemetery inscriptions and photos.
  • $ - In conjunction with the U.S. National Archives, Footnote offers data, original records images, and more.
  • $ - This is primarily a family trees sharing and collaboration website.
  • $ - WVR is also known as Family Link, and represents a major data website, with
    instruction and reference help.
  • - Genealogy Today includes instruction, reference articles, and includes some unique data collections.
  • - A site consisting of collected genealogy links.
  • - A website that includes references to helpful articles, especially for Native American information, and some data.
  • - Database of passenger lists that is free to search. Actual passenger list images can be purchased.
  • - A huge website dedicated to cataloguing genealogy website links.
  • - Transcribed and indexed cemetery inscriptions.
  • - Historical and genealogical web hosting service.
  • - Web 2.0 and focuses on genealogy community building and networking.
  • $ - Grassroots created data site with compiled family Trees, and some extracted
  • - Homepage for's genealogical software.
  • - Interactive directory of free genealogy websites and data.
  • - An online archive of genealogy records and images of historical documents.
  • - A large free queries website.
  • - A DNA ancestry cataloguing project
  • - Family trees hosting and charting program.
  • - A collection of surname website links; online since 1996.
  • - DNA testing service focused upon family history test types.
  • - Jewish, reference, instruction, coordination, and databases.
  • - Obituary database for finding obituaries and performing cemetery searches.
  • - Upload and share your family trees.
  • - Lists of links to United States death records, by state.
  • - Large collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.
  • - Website focused upon Italian research, with instruction, information and more.
  • - Comprehensive source of U.S. political biography that tells where many dead politicians are buried.
  • - A collection of genealogy links categorized by region and surname.
  • - A collection of family trees, community, and submitted records.
  • - Census abstracts (U.S. GenWeb Census Project)
  • - Share genealogy research, community pages, family photos & records more for free.
  • $ - Census, PERSI (the periodical index), books.
  • - Links to free census records.
  • $ - Database with index of newspapers and early books.
  • - Online marriage records, where to order, some indexes, and more.
  • - Links to free sites, arranged by state and county.
  • - European nobility and German reference material.
  • - Website created by professional genealogists with links, instruction, data, and reference aids.
  • - Links to censuses and census abstracts.
  • - Website for magazine publisher that includes shopping, links, and research tools.
  • - Links to genealogy and data websites.
  • - A group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
  • $ - Indexes to British records of many types.

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Comment by David Lifferth on November 25, 2008 at 2:08pm
I was very impressed by Kory Meyerink's research and reporting on this subject. I found it fascinating.

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