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50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2009

ProGenealogists. a consortium of professional genealogists who specialize in genealogical, forensic, and family history research, just published their annula list of the 50 most popular genealogy websites for 2009 on their website.

Genealogy is the #1 hobby in America right now and a resource like this takes a lot of the guesswork out of where to start your quest if you’re considering researching your family tree. If this is something you are already doing, this list can provide further resources you may not have been aware of.

Here are the top 10 sites on the list. Please visit ProGenealogists’ website to view the full list.

  1. Ancestry.com $ – Ancestry.com is the leading genealogical data site, with some articles, instruction, and reference help. (1)
  2. Genealogy.com $ – This is major data site, with instruction and reference help. (4)
  3. MyHeritage.com – MyHeritage focuses on genealogy community building and networking. (3)
  4. RootsWeb.com – Rootsweb is a major data site, with free instruction and reference help. (2)
  5. MyFamily.com – Hosts family websites for sharing photos, genealogy, and more. (5)
  6. FamilySearch.org – This is a major data website sponsored by the LDS Church and includes with instruction and reference help. (5)
  7. FindAGrave.com – A database of cemetery inscriptions and photos. (7)
  8. Geni.com – Web 2.0 and focuses on genealogy community building and networking. (18)
  9. Footnote.com $ – In conjunction with the U.S. National Archives, Footnote offers data, original records images, and more. (8)
  10. AncestorHunt.com – A site consisting of collected genealogy links. (12)

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

3 Responses to 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2009

  1. Nice post Stefani! Came across it on a link at Twitter and couldn’t believe the coincidence that it was your site. Hope you are doing well.

  2. Enjoyed your post Stefani. But, which one is the best resource? Let me rephrase that, of the free sites, which is the best resource?

    Do you have a favorite? Or do you use all of them?

    Thanks!

  3. admin says:

    While I use some of these sites, I don’t have experience with all of them and find that each project may require a different resource than another so would find it difficult to give you a ‘best’ recommendation. Give them a try yourself and see what you think!
    Stefani

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