IQ News: Family Tree Sites

Take Root on the Web
The Internet has become an indispensable tool for conducting research on virtually any topic. So it should come as no surprise that researching family genealogy on the Web has grown in popularity in recent months. Those building their own family trees online can thank pioneer genealogy Web destinations like MyFamily.com and Ancestry.com. Both are part of the Orem, Utah-based Ancestry.com network of sites, which also includes FamilyHistory.com. “Connecting and strengthening families,” as Ancestry.com boasts in its press materials, does come at a price. The network of Web sites is subscription-driven and more than 112,000 users already have signed on.

Top Genealogy Sites, September 1999

SITE unique visitors (000s)
Myfamily.com 898
Ancestry.com 880
Rootsweb.com 877
Genealogy.com 441

Total World Wide Web 63,375

Composition of Traffic to Genealogy Sites by Gender, September 1999

SITE unique visitors
Males 18+ (000s)
Myfamily.com 426
Ancestry.com 372
Rootsweb.com 373
Genealogy.com 187

SITE unique visitors
feMales 18+ (000s)
Myfamily.com 447
Ancestry.com 487
Rootsweb.com 483
Genealogy.com 241