Category Archives: Polls

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Actively Collaborated Your Research With A Fellow Researcher On Some Common Family History 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.

“Are You Actively Collaborating With Other Researchers On Some Common Family History Research”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Researching “solo” had been the traditional method of research for many years probably because the technology that facilitated ease of communication did not exist.  Research of the 1980′s and earlier meant a lot of dedicated time to making calls, writing letters, visiting libraries and archives.  Cousins you knew of may have lived far from you and even communicating by phone at that time meant incurring “long distance” charges on your phone bill!  So you just did not readily have the ability to inexpensively communicate.

Then the Internet was born for general users in the early 1990s.  WOW!  An explosion of communicating was soon to take place, firstly by using e-mail.  If you had a computer and a cousin had a computer you could now bypass the post office and share information.  You could even add “cc” recipients or multiple direct recipients.  No longer were you going to incur postage charges, paper charges or envelope charges to connect with cousins.

Social Media was born.  Facebook.  Twitter.  YouTube.  Skype.

Our relatives and potential “collaborators” are now right at our fingertips, whether they live next door to you or half way around the world.  You can connect instantly through technology.

You can now feel more connected to “family” than ever before.  The more family members engage on solving family history problems, the more can be discovered and the more old problems can be put to rest in terms of research!

Have you connected with a “cousin”?  Are two of you or three of you or ten of you now working together to expand your family history research exponentially?

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 Uploaded Your Family History Research To Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb.com, Geni.com etc.?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that almost 2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since March 6, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question whether you have uploaded your Family History research to Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb.com, Geni.com etc.?

The results of the poll showed the following from the 34 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 24 responses noted they had uploaded their Family History research (70.59%) while 10 responses indicated they had not uploaded their Family History research (29.41%).

I will say, there were fewer respondents in this just closed poll than there were in the previous poll before this!  YIKES!  I don’t like to see DECLINING numbers.

I am still 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 10 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 Uploaded Your Genealogy Research To A Site Like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb.com, GENI.com etc.?”; “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.

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

“Have You Uploaded Your Genealogy Research To Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb.com, GENI.com etc.?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Uploading your family history research to many of the popular online genealogy sites opens up the possibility for you to make connections to as yet unknown cousins who are probably searching online sites to make connections themselves.  You yourself are also probably searching these sites to make connections to unknown cousins.

These uploads provide you with the ability to be discovered and maybe even form collaborative relationships with these unknown cousins to increase even more of the family history you are researching.

Many may still feel a little squeamish about uploading material because you are now “out there”.  Being private does still have its benefits!  Being discovered can have some unplanned effects, many good, some bad.  But as they say “If you take no chance, you have no chance!”

What kind of researcher are you?  One who looks forward to new connections with total strangers each of whom shares the same family connections as you.  The more connections you make the happier you are!  The more the merrier!

Or are you still operating below the radar.  The horror stories are just too much to bear and the uncertainty of what could happen still makes you play on the sidelines!

Which one are you?

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 Registered For And Participated In A LIVE Online Genealogy Webinar ?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that almost 2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since January 15, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question whether you have ever registered for and participated in an online LIVE genealogy webinar?

The results of the poll showed the following from the 44 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 11 responses noted they had participated in a LIVE online genealogy webinar (25%) while 33 responses indicated they had not participated in a LIVE online genealogy webinar (75%).

I personally have not participated in a LIVE online genealogy webinar, but I have looked at many, many recorded online webinars from a variety of sources such as FamilySearch, RootsTech, Legacy Family Tree etc.  So though I may not have gotten the immediate benefit of participating in a topic of interest to me in real-time when it is initially offered, I still find a way to learn from looking at previously recorded ones.

So to each their own on keeping informed and educated.  Participate immediately LIVE, or learn and participate when it is a month old!

So there you go.  A little bit more information to file away in your dusty archive vaults to compare your own experience to on participating in LIVE online genealogy webinars.

I will say, there were about  the same number of respondents in this just closed poll as there were in the previous poll before this!  Could it be the same interested readers responded to that poll as they did to this just recently closed poll!

I am still looking for a larger response than even that!  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 9 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 Registered For And Participated In A “LIVE” Genealogically Oriented Online Webinar?” “; “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.

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

“Have You Ever Registered For And Participated In A “LIVE” Genealogically Oriented Online Webinar?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Webinars are becoming a growing part of advancing your genealogy skills.  Many of us have participated indirectly in these programs by looking at Webinars that are in an archives.  We are lucky when we can find these for the topic of interest to us.  There are plenty of places to find these archived Webinars.  Legacy Family Tree has them.  The Illinois State Genealogical Society has them for their members but not for the general public.  Roots Magic has them.

But I know you can find archived Webinars that are still incredibly informative and educational for us to advance our genealogy skills.

What I want to know is if anyone has actually registered for and participated in the original “LIVE” first time offering of such a Webinar.  These require registration and calendar and time management so that you participate on the day and at the time of the actual event.  There is no margin for error!  It really takes scouting, discipline, time management and other good skills for you to hook up for the live event.

Let me know who of you are at the leading edge in participating in these live events!

I think you are a unique breed of researcher.  Many of us do just look for the archived ones and hope we can access them without necessarily being a member of the organization.  Even these organizations often allow a few “free” ones to view without becoming a member.  Seeing a “free” Webinar at a site that creates them may give us an idea of the quality of the programs being offered.  Once we feel good about that, we might just keep coming back.  Hence, membership to gain access to all Webinars may be just what we want.  Membership does in fact have its rewards!

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 To The Great Lakes Location Of The National Archives In Chicago, IL”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that almost 2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since November 26, 2012.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question whether you have ever been to the Great Lakes Location of the National Archives in Chicago, IL.

The results of the poll showed the following from the 52 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 31 responses noted they had been to the facility in Chicago, IL to do their Family History Research (60%) while 21 responses indicated they had not been to the facility to do on-site research in Chicago, IL (40%).

I personally have been to the Chicago, IL location of the Great Lakes location of the National Archives to research family history.  It has been a while since I have been there.  My own thought on the question is that I would have expected more who indicated they have never been there than have been there.  But I think that the 60% who responded they have been to the Great Lakes location of the National Archives  to research was more than I would have guessed.

So there you go.  A little bit more information to file away in your dusty archive vaults to compare your own experience to on researching at the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Archives.

I will say, there were about  the same number of respondents in this just closed poll as there were in the previous poll before this!  Could it be the same interested readers responded to that poll as they did to this just recently closed poll!

I am still looking for a larger response than even that!  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 8 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.

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 To The Great Lakes Branch Of The National Archives (NARA) In Chicago, IL To Do Family History 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.

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

“Have You Ever Been To The Great Lakes Branch Of The National Archives (NARA) In Chicago To Do Family History Research?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

The Great Lakes Branch of the National Archives (NARA) is literally in our own backyard in the City of Chicago, IL.  For those of us living in the suburban ring around the city, we may find that getting to the facility can be a long, arduous and congested drive to get there at 7358 South Pulaski Road in Chicago, IL.  Like anything, all good things are worth the effort!

Parking is not a problem.  Many drivers have a certain uneasiness of driving into the heart of Chicago because of the congestion or the parking issues.  There is plenty of parking.

I have visited the facility at least twice.  The first time was in the pre-census online days when you still had to actually access microfilm.  It was a long drive to get there but I know I left with amazing amounts of Census related data that filled my research coffers with enough material to analyze for months and months!

You may think there is no longer a need to visit the facility anymore because all of that census data is now online.  The Great Lakes Branch of the National Archives is far more than just census records that could apply to your genealogy.

Don’t overlook the occasional unique programs the facility puts on for the public.  The topics can be broader than just genealogy but yet have a flavor of genealogy embedded in them.

There are Naturalization Records, Bankruptcy Records, Selective Service Records and many, many more categories of records.  The records do not just apply to Illinois.  There are many more midwestern states’ records included in the collection of this facility.

Take a look at all of the information about this facility from the following link.  Get answers to many of the questions you may have about the facility.  See the kinds of records stored there for access by you the researcher.  Check out the information about the Great Lakes Branch of the National Archives at:

Great Lakes Branch Of The National Archives (NARA) In Chicago, IL

I would like very much to know if you have ever visited this national archive facility located right in our local area in Chicago, IL.

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 To The Family History Library In Salt Lake City, Utah; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that almost 2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since October 1, 2012.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question whether you have ever been to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The results of the poll showed the following from the 53 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 14 responses noted they had been to the facility in Salt Lake City to do their Family History Research (26.42%) while 39 responses indicated they had not been to the facility to do on-site research in Salt Lake City, Utah (73.58%).

I personally have never been to Salt Lake City, Utah to research family history (I have been there to get in a full week of wonderful skiing in my “non-genealogy” years when I was a lot younger at Park City, Alta and Snowbird!).  My own thought on the question is that I would have expected more who indicated they have never been there than have been there.  But I think that the 25% who responded they have been to Salt Lake City to research was more than I would have guessed.

So there you go.  A little bit more information to file away in your dusty archive vaults to compare your own experience to on researching in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I will say, there were the same number of respondents in this just closed poll as there were in the previous poll before this!  Could it be the same 53 responded to that poll as the to this just recently closed poll!

I am still looking for a larger response than even that!  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 7 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.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Don’t Forget To Look At The Poll Archives Page Of This Blog To See The Previous Polls And Results

Hi Everyone!

About every 6 to 8 weeks I like to put up a new poll that appears at the top of the right sidebar of the blog.

I just created a new poll question as of October 1, 2012 that now resides in that spot.

But what ever happens to the previous poll questions and results?  Did you miss them?  Did you not even know there are some?

All of these polls have a life of their own in the “Poll Archives” page of the blog that is one of the selection items you can pick at the top of the blog homepage.

There are currently 6 old “closed” polls and their results residing in the Poll Archives.

Here is where you can see for yourself what the previous polls were and their results as well as also see the most current poll that is still open and active.

Just scroll down the contents of the “Poll Archives” page to find these hidden gems of anecdotal genealogical queries.

See how you would have responded.

See if the results fit with your own expectations.

Also, if you have any genealogical questions for which you would like to see responses from our reading audience, leave me a comment with the question as part of this post or contact me via the “Contact Me”.  Perhaps I can turn it into a poll question on this blog.

Enjoy the current poll.

Enjoy the Poll Archives.  Refresh yourself on what we have already asked.  Discover the Poll Archives if you are new to reading the blog.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Ever Been To The Family History Library In Salt Lake City, Utah To Do Family History 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.

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

“Have You Ever Been To The Family History Library In Salt Lake City, Utah To Do Family History Research?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

The Family History Library is the largest in the world for family history research material.  Individuals have gone there to gain access to the 2.4 million reels of microfilm the library has in its collection.  We are most familiar with ordering these films for delivery to the local Family History Centers (FHC) that are local to our own areas throughout the country.  It has often been said that you can get an incredible amount of research done at this wonderful facility in person even though it will cost you travel expenses to get there.  But the travel expenses are often negated because you would have spent the money ordering the films to be delivered locally to your own FHC.

Have You Ever Been To The Family History Library In Salt Lake City, Utah To Do Family History Research? Yes or No

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