Category Archives: Polls

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Has Your Genealogy Research Uncovered Any “Famous” Or “Infamous” Ancestors?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Has Your Genealogy Research Uncovered Any “Famous” Or “Infamous” Ancestors?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ever Hired A Professional Researcher To Help With Your Genealogy Research?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about  2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since June 16, 2014.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Hired A Professional Genealogist To Assist You With Your Research?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 37 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 6 responses (16.22%) noted they have used the services of a professional researcher while 31 responses (83.78%) indicated they have not used the services of a professional researcher.

I am not actually surprised at the high number of “No” responses indicating individuals have not used the services of a professional researcher to help with their research.  As individuals, we all like to keep plugging away with our own efforts at uncovering our lineage.  That is good because we become more knowledgeable of the resources as we use them in our searches.  However, sometimes we think the next effort we make will be the one that will allow us to overcome our brick wall in research.  Sometimes we are “penny wise and pound foolish”.

We should maybe make a quicker consideration to utilize a professional when we are stuck.  It is not that uncommon that a professional can get us past our brick wall quickly allowing us to pick up the research trail after that.  The professional can also tap into non-internet resources that may very well contain the answer to our problem.  If a researcher only thinks of internet resources then more and more brick walls might become routine.  A professional knows that non-internet sources are routinely utilized in their professional research efforts.

So for now you might not now have used a professional.   However, hiring a professional is something to consider.  This will allow you to break through your brick walls and pick up your research successes on your own again once the brick wall has been overcome.  Keep your options open to consider hiring a professional rather than to keep butting your head against that hard brick wall!

I am always looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw!  So come on down ——  affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research.  Your answers count.

I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly.  Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.

A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll.  Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.

Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog.  Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”.  In here you will find the statistical results of the 17 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”.  If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.

Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:

Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)

Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Ever Hired A “Professional” Genealogist To Assist With Your Genealogy Research?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You Ever Hired A “Professional” Genealogist To Assist With Your Genealogy Research?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Are You A Paid Member Of A Genealogy Society/Group?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about  2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since April 22, 2014.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Are You a Paid Member Of A Genealogy Society/Group?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 47 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 30 responses (63.83%) noted they are paid members of a society/group while 17 responses (36.17%) indicated they are not paid members of a society/group.

I am actually surprised at the high number of “No” responses indicating individuals are not paid members of a society/group.  Participating in such organizations is highly recommended, whether they be local to the area you actually live in or be perhaps in the geographic area where your ancestors lived.  These organizations can only help further your family history research.  I was unscientifically projecting that maybe only 10% to 20% might have indicated they are not paid members rather than the 36.17% the actual numbers showed.  But then again this is not a scientific poll and it is a small sample of 47 total respondents!

I guess I need to keep shouting from the mountain top — join a genealogy society/group!  It is well worth the nominal fee that is generally imposed.

I am always looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw!  So come on down ——  affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research.  Your answers count.

I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly.  Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.

A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll.  Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.

Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog.  Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”.  In here you will find the statistical results of the 15 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”.  If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.

Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:

Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)

Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Are You A Paid Member Of A Genealogy Society/Group?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Are You A Paid Member Of A Genealogy Society/Group?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ever Been Contacted By An “Unknown” Relative That Discovered You In Their Genealogy?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about  2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since February 24, 2014.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Been Contacted By An “Unknown” Relative That Discovered You In Their Genealogy?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 60 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 34 responses (56.67%) noted they had been contacted by an unknown relative while 26 responses (43.33%) indicated they have not been contacted by an unknown relative.

I actually think that those are some good results and may be indicative of the easier ability to be discovered and connect to unknown relatives.  We have so many social media outlets that allow searches to be made for participants.  You often just search through member lists looking for surnames of interest to you.  There are also so many outlets online for uploading family trees through which ancestral connections and discoveries can be made.  These trees allow the ability to contact those that have uploaded the information.  So discoveries should appear to me to be easier now as long as you have some visibility on the internet.

I am always looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw!  So come on down ——  affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research.  Your answers count.

I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly.  Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.

A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll.  Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.

Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog.  Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”.  In here you will find the statistical results of the 14 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”.  If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.

Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:

Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)

Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Ever Been Contacted By An “Unknown” Relative That Discovered You In Their Genealogy?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You Ever Been Contacted By An “Unknown” Relative That Discovered You In Their Genealogy”?  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library