Saturday, May 28, 2005

NEILSON/NET RATINGS for internet
use - MORE than Stats


DearREADERS,

They've come out with the latest "Neilson ratings" about who is surfing the web for genealogy. It's roughly:
7% of U.K. web surfers

8% of U.S. web surfers
See: http://www.internetadsales.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5624 for details.

That means that I have a lot of work to do to reach more of you in the United
Kingdom. This is a recent copy/paste of my visitors' country stats. They tell me
"unknown" is skewed by AOL.






































































































































CountryVisitors%
UNITED
STATES
30,56462.61
UNKNOWN12,04724.68
UNITED
KINGDOM
1,4232.92
MALTA1,0722.20
CANADA1,0662.18
AUSTRALIA5011.03
EUROPEAN
UNION
3240.66
NETHERLANDS2470.51
GERMANY2380.49
CHINA1920.39
JAPAN1520.31
SPAIN1230.25
NORWAY1100.23
FRANCE1090.22
ITALY1050.22
NEW
ZEALAND
730.15
POLAND730.15
SWEDEN710.15
ISRAEL690.14
INDIA540.11
BELGIUM530.11
ROMANIA420.09
KOREA,
REPUBLIC OF
380.08
URUGUAY370.08
MAURITANIA330.07


NOW, to the 33 of you in Mauritania, I apologize for not knowing more about your country. Tell me more about yourselves. Are you foreign nationals working in Mauritania or has your family lived there for generations? What are the conditions of birth, marriage and death records? Are your genealogies passed down generation by generation in story form or do church and government offices maintain good records?

I used Google to discover more about your country. The first link was the CIA Fact Book, where I found some interesting statistics:

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LOCATION: "Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Senegal and Western Sahara."

BACKGROUND: "Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania annexed the southern third of the former Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara) in 1976, but relinquished it after three years of raids by the Polisario guerrilla front seeking independence for the territory. Opposition parties were legalized and a new constitution approved in 1991. Two multiparty presidential elections since then were widely seen as flawed, but October 2001 legislative
and municipal elections were generally free and open."

SOURCE: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/mr.html

CLIMATE: desert; constantly hot, dry, dusty
TERRAIN: mostly barren, flat plains of the Sahara; some central hills
NATURAL RESOURCES: iron ore, gypsum, copper, phosphate, diamonds, gold, oil, fish
IRRIGATED LAND: 490 sq km (1998 est.)
POPULATION: 3,086,859 (July 2005 est.) Most of the population concentrated in the cities of Nouakchott and Nouadhibou and along the Senegal River in the southern part of the country.
ETHNIC: mixed Maur/black 40%, Moor 30%, black 30%
RELIGION: Muslim 100%
LANGUAGE: Arabic (official), Pulaar, Soninke, French, Hassaniya, Wolof
RADIO BROADCAST: AM 1, FM 14, shortwave 1 (2001)
TV BROADCAST: 1 (2002)
TELEPHONES (Main lines in use): 31,500 (2002)
CELL PHONES: 300,000 (2003)
ISP: 25 (2003)
INTERNET USERS: 10,000 (2002)
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I also went to www.worldgenweb.com and discovered that http://www.africagenweb.org/ is the place to visit. There is currently no sponsor for Mauritania, so perhaps one of you could step forward with info. If you don't know web page design, I could help you out.
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RootsWeb had more options:
-- AFR-MAURITANIA. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Mauritania. Additional information can be found on The Gateway to Mauritania website. http://www.rootsweb.com/~nafrica/MAURITANIA/GatewayToMauritania.html
To subscribe send "subscribe" to afr-mauritania-l-request@rootsweb.com (mail mode) or afr-mauritania-d-request@rootsweb.com (digest mode).

-- NORTH-AFRICA. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the countries of North Africa (north of the Sahara Desert) including Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania. Discussion of the history and culture of these countries is also welcome. Additional information can be found on the Gateway to North Africa website. http://www.rootsweb.com/~nafrica/GatewayToNorthAfrica.html To subscribe send "subscribe" to north-africa-l-request@rootsweb.com (mail mode) or north-africa-d-request@rootsweb.com (digest mode).
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But to all my DearREADERS:
Each of you is MORE THAN A STATISTIC to me. I want to know about your challenges in research, as well as your successful unearthing of documents to prove family relationships. I'd like to hear your suggestions for upcoming columns, and learn about neat websites you've visited. I want to understand how you are organizing your compiled genealogy, and appreciate the family traditions you have been preserving. I am curious about your experiences traveling to an ancestral churchyard or village. Your reports of a research trip to an archive or library
are also enlightening. By sharing this info, perhaps another reader will benefit from your experience. That's what friends are for, right? So in other words: Let's keep talking!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

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