Edgewood, Washington - CyndisList.com, one of the earliest and most popular genealogy web sites on the Internet today celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new design and streamlined navigation.
CyndisList.com was born on 4 March 1996, boasting "1,000 links to genealogy Internet sites." It grew very quickly and earned the reputation in the genealogy community as an indispensable portal to other genealogy resources. It was voted the best genealogy web site on the Web Wide Web in each of its first three years of operation. Since that time, its popularity with researchers has been featured in a variety of media, including the History Channel, ABC News, NBC News, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, Wired, Yahoo! Internet Life, Family Chronicle, and Home PC magazines.
Ten years later, CyndisList.com is a virtual "card catalog" to genealogy on the Internet. It categorizes and cross-references more than 251,000 web links and is one of the most frequently-visited genealogy sites with an average of 2 million page hits per month. Best of all, CyndisList.com is free.
The owner, Cyndi Howells, has been a genealogist for more than 25 years and is a popular speaker at genealogy conferences and the author of three books. Her experience as a genealogist for many years prior to the Internet has made the web site a successful research tool for beginners and veteran researchers. "My intention was to collect and organize genealogy resources so that they might be helpful to other interested genealogists online," said Cyndi. "That goal hasn't ever changed but the amount of time and effort certainly has!" Keeping CyndisList.com up-to-date is now Cyndi's full-time pursuit with the help of her husband and a part-time employee.
To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, the site has been given an all-new layout with streamlined navigation. Cyndi said, "Now there is less white space with the content being moved up and to the left on each page. There is also a new integrated search function at the top of each page." She added, "We're very excited about these changes as we enter into the next 10 years of Cyndi's List!"
Cyndi has written a retrospective of the site's first 10 years at http://www.CyndisList.com/decade.htm.