Crunching the Numbers, 2017

Another year has passed, and a new one has just begun. On this first day of 2018, as I have done for the past several years, I would like to take some time to reflect on the previous year and contemplate the year that lies ahead.  Naturally, as a family history buff, I tend to look back instead of forward. It is just who I am. So here goes…

So how did my blog, Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors and Me, do in 2017. Was this past year’s performance better than the year before? After juxtaposing the statistics of both 2017 and 2016, I am very pleased.

In 2017, my blog was viewed 4,313 times by 1,894 visitors in 35 countries with the vast majority of them from the United States (the United Kingdom came in second). In addition, my blog gained 537 likes and 157 comments in 2017.

The top 25 posts in 2017, receiving the most views, were the following:

  1. Naming the “Nameless”: Known Slaves in Our Families’ History
  2. Gateway Ancestor: Edward Foulke
  3. The Spangler Progenitor
  4. Family Food History
  5. Joseph Thomas
  6. March On, March On
  7. Gateway Ancestor: Peter Worden
  8. Hans Michael Thomas
  9. I Say No Way to DNA… Testing, That Is
  10. Half Past Life
  11. Chapline Family Forebearers
  12. The Battle of Al-Mansurah
  13. William Ferguson Taylor
  14. Thomas Woodmansee
  15. The Magna Carta
  16. Richard “Copped Hat” FitzAlan
  17. Petronilla of Aragon
  18. Samuel Noel
  19. Sarah (Schlosser) Thomas
  20. It’s All About the Dash
  21. Patience (Oliver) Croasmun
  22. Elizabeth S. (Dawson) Watts
  23. ABCs and Our Family Trees: I & J
  24. James William “J.W.” Kenney
  25. Order of the Garter

In contrast, in 2016, my blog was viewed 2,931 times by 1,475 visitors in 30 countries with the vast majority of them from the United States. In 2016, my blog gained 112 likes and 63 comments.

In 2016, my top 25 posts—the ones that received the most views—were:

  1. Naming the “Nameless”: Known Slaves in Our Families’ History
  2. Italian-born Brothers Serve in U.S. Military
  3. An Excess of Entitlement
  4. Famous Faces and Places: Caimi
  5. Are You, Are You Coming to the Tree?
  6. Snow Days and Past Days
  7. Mariner Men
  8. Sláinte to Our Irish & Scots-Irish Ancestors
  9. The Thorns of the Rose and Thistle
  10. The Battle of Kings Mountain
  11. Taylor-Thomas Immigrant Ancestors
  12. ABCs & Our Family Trees: The Letter B
  13. Edmund II “Ironside” of England
  14. Securing Our Country’s Independence
  15. Déja Vu & DNA: How Connected Are We?
  16. Matriarchal Me
  17. Recreating the Past, One Stone at a Time
  18. We the People Have Had Enough
  19. William I “The Lion” of Scotland
  20. The Spangler Progenitor
  21. Henry I “Beauclerc” of England
  22. ‘Tis the Season?
  23. Wealthy Beyond Measure
  24. Mayflower Ancestors
  25. ABCs & Our Family Trees: The Letter A

In 2017, the top ten referring sites to my blog—not including search engines,, Facebook, FindAGrave, or WordPress—were Tangled Roots and Trees, Slave Name Roll Project, Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog, Amanda Bradburn, The Lives of My Ancestors, The Nomadic Troglodyte, Geneabloggers, Daze and Weekes, The Mix That Makes Up Me, and The Genealogy Corner.

Whereas, in 2016, the top ten referral sites—again, not including search engines,, Facebook, FindAGrave, or WordPress itself—were Tangled Roots and Trees, Geneabloggers, Twisted Limbs and Crooked Branches, Loved in the South, The Genealogy Corner, The Genealogist’s Craft, Just History Posts, Family Tree Girl, Olivia McCabe, and Opening Doors in Brick Walls.

Finally, in 2017, my top five most prolific commenters were Ann Marie Bryant, Carol Barclay Radowenchuk, weekesgaehl, Amanda Bradburn, and ancestoradayblog. Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog and caring enough to comment.

In 2016, my top five most frequent commenters were Aquila, samanthaandmy5, lisakunk, Cyndy Mack, and iiamthatgirli. Again, my sincere thanks to you all!

But something that statistics cannot show is the invaluable and inspiring interactions I have had with family members, friends, amateur genealogists, and other bloggers with whom I have corresponded thanks to this site. Thank you all for your insights and encouragements!

So, with the old year behind me and the new year ahead, I will strive to improve on last year’s statistics and share more of our ancestors’ stories, as well my own. Thank you for joining me on my genealogical journey!

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10 thoughts on “Crunching the Numbers, 2017

  1. 2017 has been an interesting year. Here’s to some amazing blog posts in the new year for us both, Ann Marie!

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  2. Happy 2018 to you too, Carol! I am so glad you enjoy reading my posts!


  3. I am so glad that you and I have connected, Amanda. I love reading your blog and seeing how we are related. Happy New Year!

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  4. What a fun and crazy year; I enjoyed your tales so very much. Here’s to a happy 2018! Keep writing…looking forward to this year’s journey!

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  5. Carol Barclay Radowenchuk

    Happy New Year! I look forward to your posts and enjoy reading them very much!

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  6. Happy New Year! So glad that I found your wonderful blog and so glad we’re genealogy friends. 🙂 ❤

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  7. Thank you! I hope you and your loved ones have a happy and healthy 2018!

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  8. Thanks so much, and Happy New Year to you!


  9. Happy New Year… and well done!! xx

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  10. Look forward to reading more in 2018!

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