Friday, 17 October 2014

British GENES - one and a half million page views and counting!

Just over three years ago, in September 2011, I launched this blog to parallel its predecessor, Scottish GENES, in a bid to bring additional news from across the British Isles, and not just for Scotland. Within months I had decided to concentrate solely on British GENES, largely to save on duplication of effort in posting the same Scottish stories on two blogs!

Well, it's only a wee thing, but I've just noticed that this version of the blog has now had over one and a half million page views, according to the Google stats (and that doesn't even take into account the hundreds of subscribers who read the stories via a daily email or a feed reader!). It continues to amaze me how many people from Canada to New Zealand and across Britain and Ireland who I meet who seem to read it, so thanks for doing so - I'll be keeping at it for a while yet!

(Incidentally, the Scottish GENES blog is still available as an archive of genealogy news from 2007-2011 at

Onwards and upwards! :)


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

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