Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012's Most Popular Posts on "My Ancestors and Me"

I'm following the bandwagon of other geneabloggers who are posting their most popular posts of 2012.  (I think Barbara Poole of Life From the Roots started it with her repost of Did You Contribute to My Top Ten Two Years Ago?  Thanks, Barbara.)  I've never self-evaluated by numbers before and it's been interesting and helpful to see which posts bring people to my blog.  Below are the 2012 most popular posts by different criteria with most popular as #1.

Most popular by number of visits
10.  The Civil War (website) - Tuesday's Tip
  9.  Farmers in Your Family Between 1850 and 1880?  - Tuesday's Tip
  8.  A Biography from the Heart:  Emma Bickerstaff Meinzen
  7.  Meinzen Confectionery, Steubenville, Ohio
  6.  Pennsylvania Certificates Online - Tuesday's Tip
  5.  Harper's Weekly Civil War Issues - Tuesday's Tip
  4.  Family History Humor
  3.  Au Gratin Potatoes a la Bill Knapp - Family Recipe Friday
  2.  It Was Ironing Day, the Day the Census Taker Came
  1.  Once a Miner, Twice a Breaker Boy - Tuesday's Tip

Most popular by number of comments  (There was a 3-way tie for number 10.)  The numbers may be skewed a bit because some of the comments may be my responses to original comments.  (I'd like to say that the Sepia Saturday bloggers are by far the most supportive group of people you can imagine.  Every Sepia Saturday post has more comments than any other post.  If you have an old photo to share, can write something about it, and would like people to view and comment on it, link it to Sepia Saturday!)
10c.  It Was Ironing Day, the Day the Census Taker Came
10b.  Which Would You Rather Have?
10a.  Farmers in Your Family Between 1850 and 1880? - Tuesday's Tip
   9.  The Civil War (website) - Tuesday's Tip
   8.  A Violin, a Guitar, and a Sweet Potato
   7.  My Mother's Little Rocker
   6.  A Summer Chore
   5.  Nine Turning Ten
   4.  Through Four Generations
   3.  The Past Is Such a Safe Place
   2.  In Work Garb
   1.  Our House Was Never Silent

Most popular by google +1s   Many posts recieved one +1, but only five received more than one.  Those are below.
5.  Which Would You Rather Have?
4.  Harper's Weekly Civil War Issues
3.  Medicine and My Ancestors
2.  Three Girls
1.  Rules for Our Ancestors - or - How to Confuse Your Descendants

As bloggers we love to know that others are reading what we wrote.  Some of us (maybe many of us) notice how many readers come to visit, what brought readers to our blogs, and which posts they view.  We also like to receive comments and think they are supportive of our efforts to share on our blogs. 

Thank you to all who visit me here and also to those of you who choose to leave comments.  I'm thankful for you, my readers, and for your comments.  I appreciate them.

Happy New Year to you and yours!



  1. Fun post Nancy! I'm glad you mentioned the Sepia Saturday community. I agree with you. It is very supportive.

    1. Thank you, Jana. Sepia Saturday is already such a large community, I can hardly visit everyone else's posts each week, but it's too good not to share! Happy New Year to you.

    2. Nancy, I just wanted to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at Have a great weekend!

  2. Me too, agreeing about the Sepia Saturday community. I think my favorite post was about it being ironing day the day the census taker came.

    1. Thanks, Kristin. I always think it's fun to put (or try to put) an ancestor in a contemporary environment. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  3. Nancy, Your blog is so enjoyable! You are very talented at expressing your ideas with words and images. Happy New Year!

  4. Thanks Nancy for the mention...very nice surprise. I probably have read a lot of your blogs, and I can see your "Tuesday's Tip" posts are quite popular, I'm going back to read those. Happy New Year Nancy.


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