|Source: graphic created for public use by Archives.com|
But how does one explain the 182 per cent growth at Archives.com? It's a subscription based site as well. The annual fee is considerably less than Ancestry.com. Perhaps that is what makes it attractive to some users.
The demographics of Archives.com users wasn't surprising either - mostly female, and an older demographic than the typical internet user.
What I found more interesting was the increase in select Google search terms between August 2007 and December 2009. There is a definite burst between December 2008 and July 2009. What triggered the increase?
But the really exciting numbers are at the bottom of the chart - the number of digital images that are becoming available.
- Number of books scanned for Google Books: 15 million
- Obituary pages on Legacy.com: 7 million
- Records from the 1940 Census to be released in 2012 from the National Archives: 130 million
- Records indexed by FamilySearch.org in 2010 alone: 160 million
These numbers are staggering! At this growth rate, in 10 years will we be looking back and saying, "Oh yeah, remember back when everyone used to have brick walls? Genealogy used to be so difficult."
Even with all of these millions of documents, it certainly takes some skill to know how to dig into the deep web to find exactly what you're looking for. Is the day coming that all of our genealogy research will be done online?
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