MyHeritage is the most popular free genealogy site in the world, according to ProGenealogists, a leading consortium of professional genealogical researchers who released a study conducted in the first quarter of 2009.
More than 300 genealogy websites were compared against each other using multiple ways to measure online traffic. In the end, MyHeritage was named the most popular free genealogy website in the world, and the third most popular overall.
Two unique aspects set our website apart from other genealogy sites. One is our community focus, which allows genealogists to meet other family researchers. The other is our online Family Tree Builder, which allows researchers to share their trees using our Smart Matching feature.
Only 4 of the top 50 sites were community sites, with MyHeritage by far the most popular with genealogy researchers. Communities are important because they allow you to meet other researchers, share information, and connect with people who share your passion. We believe genealogy and family history are not subjects that should be hoarded away and kept secret. Family history is best enjoyed when it is shared - it's fascinating listening to others' stories about their families!
One of MyHeritage's strengths is that it gives you access to more than 6 million different family trees from around the world. Family Tree Builder automatically searches each online tree looking for matching entries, and when it finds a match, it lets you know. Using this powerful tool allows you to contact family historians who may share some of your ancestors. You can fill in gaps in your family tree by comparing entries with other genealogists and confirming the matches. Only nine sites allowed researchers to build family trees online and share them, and MyHeritage is proud to be among that group.
All of us at MyHeritage would like to give a big "Thank You!" to all of our members who have made our site so successful. We will continue to develop our genealogical tools and always strive to provide the best service.
The Study & Methodology
The study was conducted by ProGenealogists, a consortium of 31 professional genealogists who specialize in genealogical, forensic, and family history research, particularly in North America and Europe.
More than 300 genealogy websites were initially selected for ranking; of those, 220 were ranked using four separate web analytics applications and five different sets of criteria. Four different web ranking tools were used to rank each site individually, and each rank was then aggregated to achieve an average score. From this final score, they compiled a list of the 50 most popular genealogy websites in the world.
MyHeritage held its ground at #3 overall, becoming the most popular free genealogy site on the Internet. MyHeritage was ranked #3 last year as well.
You can see the results of the study here.