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February 3, 2019

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog Sweet 16!

Happy Birthday to Olive Tree Genealogy Blog! It's been 16 years (yes!! sixteen!!) of publishing articles, tips, and other hopefully helpful or fun posts.

My first blog post was Feb. 3, 2003. 3,854 posts later, I'm still here, still gathering or writing genealogy stories to share. My long-time readers might occasionally see a repeat of an earlier post -  updated of course, but there are many early posts that are worth sharing again for new readers.

What Interested Readers the Most?

You might be interested to know that my most-read blog post of all time was from October 2016 called Propaganda Postcards 1900s Warning Men of Dangers of Women's Rights

It has had 12,075 reads! My second most popular is from September 2015 called The Problem of Family Not Wanting Your Genealogy Research
with 11,627 reads

Where Does My Audience Live?

I'm curious as to where my readers are from. And suprised to see that the third largest group of readers is from France. I'm not sure why my blog is popular in that country. Thank you to my wonderful friends for continuing to support my efforts to help genealogists discover ancestors. Statistics for residence are only available from May 2010 to present day so the numbers don't represent all 16 years of being online.

How Many Posts Did I Write Each Year

When i started blogging in 2003, blogs were a new "thing". So my start was slow, with only 12 posts, about one per month, that first year! The next year I doubled the number of posts, and my numbers climbed from there. For a few years I challenged myself to write daily, but that became too difficult to maintain.

Now I try to write a minimum of 3 articles each week. It's hard work! But I enjoy pointing other genealogists to new databases coming online, coming up with tips for becoming a better genealogist, or writing about an important issue. Sometimes I just want to have fun with my posts like my annual Easter Bunny genealogy articles.

So I hope my readers will continue to enjoy Olive Tree Genealogy blog and I hope to still be writing it for at least another 16 years!



Linda Stufflebean said...

Congratulations on your Happy Sweet 16! I love your blog and website.

Marian B. Wood said...

Wishing you a happy blogiversary - 16 years is a LONG time in the blogiverse! Looking forward to reading your posts in 2019.

Quilting Tangent said...

Congratulations on 16 years, looking forward to more tips.

Shirley said...

Congratulations and thank you for your blog. I have learned a lot from you.

Soulweavings said...

Loraine -congratulations! I’ve only been following your blog for a year so think about all the great posts I have yet to read. Thanks for the learning and the fun. Anne (Calgary Reader)

Bootsie said...

Congratulations cuz. I found out our connection thru your blog family. I have learned a lot from your posts. Happy writing.

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Thanks everyone! Lovely comments and I hope you keep reading my blog for many more years!


Pam Beveridge said...

Congratulations and best wishes for many years to come! With four Canadian great grandparents, from NB and NS, this Mainer appreciates what I've learned from your blog over the years.
Pam Beveridge

Jackie Corrigan said...

Congratulations! Apreciate your very worthwhile and professional posts.
Here's to many more.

Mark Van Valkenburg said...


Celia Lewis said...

Congratulations Lorine!! You've written so many very helpful posts - and your website has helped me immensely with my early ancestors and their ships lists etc.
Thank you so much!! You make a difference. Cheers.

Dana Leeds said...

That's amazing!!! Happy Sweet 16 Blogiversary!