Category Archives: Polls

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

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ever Listened To A Genealogy Podcast?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that well over 2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since November 25, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Listened To A Genealogy Podcast?”

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 30 responses (56.6%) noted they had NOT listened to a genealogy podcast while 23 responses (43.4%) indicated they have listened to a genealogy podcast.

I was actually a little surprised at the results of this now closed poll.  My gut feeling would have led me to think that far more have listened to a genealogy podcast, when in fact the results indicate that more have not listened to a genealogy podcast.  I simply thought that a podcast is a nice learning tool on a variety of genealogy topics, especially because it can be listened to on our portable media devices.  Oh well!  I am glad I did not put down a money bet on this one.  This is not a scientific poll.  It does not have a large submission rate.  So take the results with a grain of salt!

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 Listened To A Genealogy Podcast?”; “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 Listened To A Genealogy Podcast?  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 Submitted Your DNA For Genealogical Testing?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that over 2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since September 16, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Submitted Your DNA For Genealogical Testing?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 49 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 29 responses (59.18%) noted they had not provided their DNA for genealogical testing while 20 responses (40.82%) indicated they have submitted their DNA for genealogical testing.

Genealogical DNA testing is a hot and growing resource for genealogical research.  However, based on the responses, it is still not a majority resource being used.  Although, a 40.82% “YES” response rate for submitting DNA for genealogical testing is a pretty large minority!  I actually thought the number might have been more around 10% to 20% of a submission rate for DNA genealogical testing.  This is not a scientific poll.  It does not have a large submission rate.  So take the results with a grain of salt!

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 13 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 Submitted Your DNA For Genealogical Testing?”; “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 Submitted Your DNA For Genealogical Testing?  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 Watched An Episode Of The American Genealogy TV Show “Who Do You Think You Are?””; 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 July 23, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Watched An Episode Of The American Genealogy TV Show “Who Do You Think You Are?”.

That poll question was sort of a trick one on my part.  But I thought I still had to ask it.  Genealogists I deal with all certainly seem to indicate to me that they watch the show and look forward to new episodes.  It almost sounded like a slam-dunk.  Who in genealogy does not watch the show?  Is that even possible that there are a substantial number of genealogists that have never watched an episode of this popular show?  That is why I asked!

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 overwhelmingly show that 57 responses noted they had definitely seen at least one episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” (95%) while 3 responses indicated they have not watched an episode of the show (5%).

The show is almost coming to the end of its 8 episode season on The Learning Channel.  It was booted off NBC in May 2012 and found its way to The Learning Channel during the summer of 2013.  I also wanted to ask the poll during the time the “new” episodes were running on TLC.  The overwhelming “yes” results is sort of what I anticipated, but I still thought there would be even more than just 3 responses indicating they had not watched the show.  Oh well, remember these are not scientific polls!

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 12 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