Seems like just yesterday Family Tree Magazine entered the blogosphere with our very first post on the Genealogy Insider. But time flies, and that was almost 365 yesterdays ago: May 23, 2007.
To celebrate our blogiversary this Friday, we’re taking a quick look at highlights from our first year:
- A few of the names we tossed around when the Genealogy Insider was still an idea: Blog Wild, Twigged Out, Theories of Relativity, Root Points. We settled on the name that says “genealogy” and “news.”
- We’ve published 243 posts (not counting this one), around 4.7 posts a week.
- News of NARA’s free online passenger list transcriptions topped the charts in page views.
- Our post on USGenWeb sites’ departure from RootsWeb after it moved to Ancestry.com’s domain came in second in page views.
- Associate editor Grace Dobush’s Family Tree Firsts installment about requesting an SS-5, our post on FamilySearch’s new record search, and the Web Sites category round out our top five most-viewed items.
- The post you all spent the most time looking at reported World Vital Records’ free newspaper articles. (Sorry, they’re not free anymore—World Vital Records makes each US Collection database free for 10 days after it’s added.)
- The topic inspiring the most comments (26) was this month’s controversial news about the Catholic Church’s policy of withholding parish records from FamilySearch digitizers.
- Our April Fool’s Day Family Tree Magazine cover got the second-most comments at 11.
Stay tuned for more first-blogiversary developments!