Friday, April 08, 2005

Number of those in genealogy

From: E. A. Kaspar E-Kaspar@wiu.edu
DearMYRTLE,
I was making a speech this week on genealogy when someone asked me how many people were now into genealogy in the U.S. I was stumped. Two years ago I read somewhere that 35 million were conducting research in the U.S. But it must be many more now. Then I heard on the radio that genealogy was the country's second most popular hobby. (They didn't say what was first!) Have you read any numbers recently? I've been asked to write an article for the newspaper, so really would like an estimate...a guesstimate?

DearELIZABETH,

Some of the best numbers are from:

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-- US SENATE RESOLUTION 175
http://hatch.senate.gov/index.cfm? FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=837
Hatch Legislation Designates October 2003 to Commemorate and Encourage Genealogy
Washington – Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on passage of S. Res. 175, A Resolution Designating the Month of October 2003 as "Family History Month."

"Millions of Americans are researching the history of their families. Experts say that in the United States, genealogy is now the second most popular hobby next to gardening. It is believed that more than 80 million Americans are currently actively searching for more information about their ancestors."

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-- FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY (FHL)

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Home/News/frameset_news.asp?PAGE=Press/2005-01-24_FHL_Celebrates_100_years.asp
"The library is one of the top ten tourist attractions in the state of Utah. Nearly a million visitors a year come from all over the world to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to access its treasure trove of genealogical resources."

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-- FAMILYSEARCH.ORG (FHL website) http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Home/News/frameset_news.asp?PAGE=home_facts.asp
• Launch date 24 May 1999
• Average number of hits per day 11.6 million
• Average number of visitors per day 110,000
• Average number of pages viewed per day 3.6 million
• Number of registered users 1,230,000
• Number of collaboration e-mail lists 198,800

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
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