I don't normally look at Google Trends, they usually apply only to transitory news events. But counting and tabulating the number of searches on any specific term is an interesting way to get an overview of the Web and what is happening with a special interest area such as genealogy. I frequently hear claims about the rising popularity of genealogy as a pastime. Here is a recent Google Trends search on the word "genealogy." As you can see genealogy as a search terms has been seeing a dramatic decline:
I decided to try the alternative term of choice of many in the community, "Family History." The decline is equally dramatic.
I tried the same thing with "FamilySearch." Once again a dramatic decline.
Branching out a little I tried "Ancestry." This is a broad term and it is unlikely that all those searches had anything at all to do with genealogy.
That definitely reversed the trend but I decided to see what happened with the word "family" all by itself.
It looks to me that only Ancestry.com with its mega- advertising campaign has been increasing in popularity. Almost every other term I could think of, including the names of some software programs showed similar declines.