Thursday, May 11, 2017

DNA Kit Sales in Honor of Mother's Day

DNA kit sales are on now through May 14, 2017. The following links take you to the sales pages and also generate a commission to help support Cyndi's List. Please share this page with your friends and thank you for your support. Cyndi's List also has a category of links for DNA research located here: DNA, Genetics & Family Health 

Both of these books are a must-have for helping you use DNA in your genealogical research:

A Personal Milestone for Me and Cyndi's List

I recall in the early days of Cyndi's List, 21 years ago, that I would work on the site for 2 hours a day, then 4, then 6, and so on. As the popularity of the Internet was exponentially growing, so was the number of resources online for genealogy. In order to keep up with the demand for links I just kept working more hours. I'm totally serious when I say this—I remember thinking that if I just kept working more hours I would eventually be caught up. For the past two decades I have worked an average of 10-12 hours each day on the site. And today I reached my personal milestone. Today I finally caught up. 

As I was inundated with email requests for new links or updates for links my email inbox grew and grew. In 1998 I added automated scripts to the site that would allow for those links to be published in the uncategorized area of Cyndi's List until I could get to them for categorization. From that point through December 2010 there was a steady number in that collection that always hovered around 10,000 links. I would chink away at the pile and take a thousand off just to have another thousand added. In the summer of 2016 I finally whittled away at the final month of links there. No more uncategorized links.

Similarly, I automated the process to report a broken link to me. I spend just as much time fixing broken links each day as I do adding new links. After all, what would be the use of Cyndi's List if I didn't attempt to keep it as current as possible? The broken link reports submitted by users have also always piled up. Working to fix one broken link reported to me will often lead me to fix a dozen more in the same category or topic. I can't tell you how helpful it is to have you let me know when you run across a broken link. See How to Report a Broken Link Found on Cyndi's List.

In 2011 Cyndi's List was upgraded to the current version. With that came a quicker backend interface that makes it easier for me to work on the site. From that point forward all new links have been categorized as they come in. They are completely caught up all the time. And from that point forward there has also always been a backlog of broken link reports that hovered around 2,500. People, excited to try out the new site, did a great job of reporting broken links. I would work to clear out a few hundred reports only to have a few hundred more added to the pile. I had almost decided that this would be the permanent state of things—a backlog that would always nag at me. But, I'm stubborn and I finally had enough.

From about February 8th through May 10th, 2017 I have worked many long days doing nothing but clearing out the broken link report backlog. In those three months I added 2,783 new links, I updated 9,099 broken links, and I deleted 3,278 links. It's important to note those that were deleted because just as much research time was put into attempting to locate replacement addresses for those, without success in the end. In total I processed 15,160 links, which averaged anywhere from 200 to 250 links per day. Finally, as of right this moment, there are ZERO user-submitted broken link reports waiting for me. And ZERO user-submitted new links waiting for me. I am caught up. You have no idea how terrific this feels!

What's next? Keeping up on a daily basis to avoid that backlog from haunting me again. And digging into my lengthy to-do list that is filled with all sorts of ideas for new categories and sub-categories. I've got sets of links that I plan on working through methodically in order to highlight digitized records and databases online. Don't worry. I have plenty to keep me going at my usual pace in a 10-12 hour day. I am always happy to take requests and to hear your ideas. Submit your new links here: Submit a New GENEALOGY Link to Cyndi's List

Yes, it is really just one person that works on the site. Just me, but I couldn't do it without all of you. Thank you for your support of Cyndi's List and your help in keeping it as current as a web index can be. I appreciate you all so much!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

National DNA Day Sales Are Here

National DNA Day is celebrated on April 25th to commemorate the day in 1953 that scientists published their work on how DNA is structured. In honor of National DNA Day and the popular use of DNA testing in genealogy, each of the genealogy DNA companies is offering sale prices on their kits. The following links take you to the sales pages and also generate a commission to help support Cyndi's List. Please share this page with your friends and thank you for your support. Cyndi's List also has a category of links for DNA research located here: DNA, Genetics & Family Health 

Both of these books are a must-have for helping you use DNA in your genealogical research:

Friday, March 4, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: 20 Years of Cyndi's List


20 Years of Cyndi's List 

A major milestone celebrating 20 years of service

EDGEWOOD, WASHINGTON (March 4, 2016) – Cyndi's List ( was launched 20 years ago on March 4, 1996. What started out as a side-page in a personal genealogy web site has become one of the top genealogy resources online. The original site started on one web page with 1,025 links. By the end of that first year the site was sorted onto individual pages with more than 9,600 links in more than 50 categories. Just after its one-year anniversary the site had grown to 17,300 links in more than 60 categories on 195+ separate web pages. The site has continued to grow exponentially with the popularity of genealogy and the Internet. Today there are more than 330,000 links in 207 categories that point to an endless supply of related genealogy links online.

The purpose of Cyndi's List remains the same today, 20 years after its creation: to be a free jumping-off point and a catalog for the immense genealogical collection that is the Internet. And it is all done not by software, but by a live human being. Every link found on Cyndi's List is personally visited, titled, given a description, categorized, and cross-referenced across the site. Cyndi Ingle is the creator and owner of Cyndi's List. The site is a one-woman enterprise in which Cyndi often works 10-12 hours each day, many times 7 days a week. Users of Cyndi's List are encouraged to submit new links and report broken links, all in an effort to keep Cyndi's List as current as possible.

Cyndi's List has always been free for everyone online to use for their genealogical research. It remains free today. The site is supported by advertising and through the donation button found on each page on the site. Generous users of Cyndi's List have helped to pay for 86 percent of the major site upgrade done in 2011. 

Cyndi's List is unique as a research tool because it has a genealogist, with more than 36 years of experience, behind the scenes maintaining the links. Cyndi urges users to ignore the search engine on the site and explore the categories themselves ( The categorization is what makes the site unique and such a successful research tool. Cyndi works diligently to deep-link into sites that contain genealogical treasures and by doing so brings those links to the top of the heap, easier to for everyone to find. By browsing through the site users find web sites and resources they never thought to look for and break down those brick walls in their research.

Users of Cyndi's List explain why it is such a popular research tool:

"Cyndi's List was one of the first sites I found upon starting to do genealogy. I've been consistently impressed with the scope, organization and accuracy of the site. Bravo Cyndi and thanks."

"Cyndislist has always been my go-to source for researching new things and it is always first or second on my list for genealogy newbies (FamilySearch wiki and Cyndislist are invaluable)"

"Cyndi's list is a sledge hammer for brick walls. Your site has led me to find great resources just clicking around."

"I've relied on your website as THE best resource on the 'net to help with my research..."

"Where can you get at all things genealogical in one fell swoop? Everyone knows it's Every genealogist who uses the web MUST use Cyndi's List."

Join us on social networking as we continue to celebrate this incredible milestone of 20 years of helping millions of people worldwide with their online research.

Read more about how Cyndi's List got its start in the blog post, "It All Began 20 Years Ago..."

About is the world's largest one-woman family history resource, with more than 330,000 categorized links for genealogical research. For more than 20 years Cyndi's List has helped hundreds of thousands of people with their online journey to trace their family history. The site averages 275,000 unique visitors and 5,000,000 page hits every month. Cyndi's List has won numerous awards and consistently remains one of the top genealogical portals for beginners, intermediate, and veteran researchers.

About Cyndi Ingle
Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 36 years, is a past member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. During the past 25 years she has served in several capacities for local, national, and professional genealogical organizations. Cyndi is an internationally known guest lecturer for more than 175 genealogical society meetings and seminars ( She is the coordinator for the technology course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has lectured for SLIG, GENTECH, Brigham Young University, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, the American Library Association, and numerous state and local genealogical societies and libraries in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Cyndi has authored numerous articles and three books. She has attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), and is a current participant in ProGen Study Group #24. Cyndi is a life member of the National Genealogical Society, the Virginia Genealogical Society, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Indiana Genealogical Society, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society.