2018 A Year in Review and What’s Coming in 2019

I had great plans for 2018.  I finished up the last three sets of 4th great-grandparents’ posts which I had started in 2017 under the 52 Ancestors banner. I continued to do my monthly posts for The Slave Name Roll Project up until my much-needed break in October.

I took on the huge project of analyzing the census record of my 5th great-grandfather James SIMS and each of his sixteen children. The project became Rewriting the Biography, an ongoing theme for the rough draft notes of a new/updated biography of my 5th great-grandfather James SIMS (1754-1845) of Nicholas County.

I’ll continue the theme during 2019 although likely not regularly. I have not even begun to work with the huge collection of books and papers which were sent to me several years ago by Rose Mary Sims Rudy.

Posts in 2018

I wrote only 50 posts during 2018, down from 88 in 2017 and 129 in 2016. An average of about a post a week. This did not, however, have a negative effect on the stats for the year.

Total Views Increased During 2018

Traffic on my blog since I began blogging in 2014.

25,584 viewers visited my blog during 2018, a little over 5,000 more than in 2017. Total views were 44,453 up from 36,782 in 2017. Followers have increased from 397 in 2017 to 463 at the end of 2018.

Graph of 2018 by months

Views by months show a constant above 3,000 viewers per month except for November and December when I was on my break. The three best months were March, August, and October when sharing of posts in social media brought extra traffic.

Top 10 Countries in 2018

The USA remained in 1st place in 2018. Canada took 2nd place (up from 4th) and Germany remained in 3rd place.  The United Kingdom jumped up from 7th to 4th place. Luxembourg which had been 2nd every year since I began blogging in 2014 dropped down to 5th place in 2018. Australia remained in 6th place. Brazil moved back down to 7th compared to 5th in 2017 but the number of viewers is still amazing. France remained in 8th place. Ireland is new to the top 10 list of countries at 9th place pushing Belgium down to 10th place. The Netherlands is up and coming, doubling views from 2017 to 2018, but missed tying up with Belgium by 9 views.

Top 10 Posts for 2018

#1. Dear Cousin- We Have a DNA Match, Now What?
#2. How I Got My MISSING AncestryDNA Circles Back
#3. Rocking the Shared Matches on AncestryDNA
#4. How DNA Results Helped Discover Luxembourg Emigrants
#5. A Visit to the Kreisarchiv Bitburg-Prüm in Germany
#6. The Tragic Death of Phebe Sims

#7. Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING: Jordan, Winny, and Thomas

#8. SOLVED – The Mystery of James C. Crouse Sr.’s Grave Marker

#9. Jordan N. PETERS’ War of 1812 Pension File is Online!

#10. Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING: Hannah

It wasn’t surprising to see DNA as the subject of the top 4 posts from 2018. I was happy to see at #5 a post I wrote about visiting a German archive with my genealogy society, Luxracines. I’m especially proud of #6. My first attempt at storytelling based on facts:  a fictional version of the last day in the life of my 5th great-grandmother Phebe SIMS along with the coroner’s report which gave me a glimpse into the day. And as in previous years, two of my Slave Name Roll Project posts made the top 10. The list was rounded out with a solved mystery and an 1812 pension file.

What’s Coming in 2019?

Should I set goals for genealogy research in 2019? I think not. I’m going to take it as it comes, working on whatever needs to be researched, reviewed, or updated. No resolutions and no promises except first up will be a post on why I’ve been missing in action since end October.

Happy New Year to all my readers!

Thank you to all of my readers and followers for making 2018 a great year! I loved seeing traffic to my blog even when I was not blogging during the past two months.

Happy New Year 2019 and, as always, may you find new keys to open the doors in your brick walls!

© 2019, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

19 thoughts on “2018 A Year in Review and What’s Coming in 2019”

  1. Cathy,
    It has been a joy following your posts this past year. I have learned much from you and I will continue to do so. You were also part of the inspiration for me to start a blog in 2017. Although I don’t get the number of followers you do, I just enjoy helping even if it’s just one, and I know you feel the same. You are an awesome friend, and Cheryl and I wish you and your family the very best in 2019!

    Brian

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    1. The number of followers and the stats are not as important as getting the writing done no matter who reads it. Blogging has taught me to become a better genealogist making me review research and ask questions about possible future research. I like that I have inspired you to blog. All the best to both you and Cheryl. Thank you again, Brian.

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda. Not only have I not been writing post, I’ve slacked off on reading my favorite blogs, including yours. I’m trying to get back into a routine and will be doing more reading in the New Year.

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  2. Hello Cathy!
    Welcome to 2019!
    In his statistics I have seen that many Brazilians accompany their work; It makes me very happy!
    I also accompanied some posts of friends readers with words of recognition and affection for their work. I fit in that context! His works are always well elaborated and with richness of details that differentiate. There is much subtlety and docility in everything you write! Congratulations

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    1. Miguel, I so appreciate your following me and taking the time to post comments even when English is not your mother tongue. In the beginning I wondered why people from Brazil were visiting my blog. Now I know friends, neighbors, and relatives of my ancestors emigrated from the old country to Brazil. I haven’t yet found you are a distant cousin but we may one day find the connection.

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  3. Our Cathy! Would be wonderful ! With all the affection and respect I already consider you as my family!
    It is not difficult to imagine that in a small village of the 1850s (Ernzen) with little more than 90 families, who have been there for more than 100 years, living together, raising their children; There can not be a Kapp or descendants that at some point in history can marry members of the WEIMANN-WELTER, MALAMBRE and so many more families! A connection would be a source of great joy! Success there in your searches.

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  4. So glad that you didn’t write a book like I’d been pestering you about so long ago. This is so much better!
    Thank you for doing what you do. You have helped me and many more over the years with questions that you seem to “just know” the answers to.

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