Category Archives: Polls

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

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Do You Have A Personal Paid Subscription To Ancestry.com?”; “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.

“Do You Have A Personal Paid Subscription To Ancestry.com?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Ancestry.com is one of the leaders as being a paid, subscribable site.  There is a “free” alternative from within Ancestry.com and that is the Library Edition of the product that libraries pay for but users can use “free of charge” by visiting local libraries that offer the product.  Although the product is “free” to the end-user to use in the library, it cannot be accessed from home by library cardholders of that library.  So researching requires you to actually go to your library having the product and use it on-site.  Sometimes that is a big inconvenience when the research bug hits you at 6 AM or 11 PM!

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

Do You Have A Personal Paid Subscription To Ancestry.com? Yes or No

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Time For A New Poll; Current Poll On If You Have A Facebook Account Has Run Its Course! – Results Included

Hi Everyone!

I have been looking at the results of the current poll that exists on the blog that has been up there since about June 20, 2012.  I think it is time to end that poll and replace it with a new one.

To date I have received about 59 responses on the poll over about a 7 week appearance on the blog.  That has been a pretty good turnout of responses to a basic question on whether you have an account with Facebook.

Here is what you have said as to whether you have an account with Facebook:

Of the total of 59 respondents, 38 of you have indicated that “Yes” (64.41%) you do have an account with Facebook and 21 of you have indicated “No” (35.59%) that you do not have an account with Facebook.

My own “anecdotal” opinion indicates to me that there are a good number, roughly one-third of you that do genealogy research that do not have a Facebook account.  Sometimes we think that with Facebook being the “in” thing that  80% or 90% of you might have Facebook accounts with few researchers not having an account.  One-third is a pretty high percentage that do not have a Facebook presence with an account!

There can be some good advantages in research to having an account.  You can  place yourself out there in the “ethernet” with the idea that your research will be advanced by “relatives” and “descendants” discovering you on Facebook that you were unaware of.  Once discovered, you can collaborate your research and obtain more information after that than you had before.

I certainly welcome poll suggestions about genealogy from readers of this blog.  Leave a comment on a blog post or use the “Contact” form from the Pages at the top of the blog home page.

Thanks to those that did participate and expressed their views on the most recent poll on having a Facebook account.

Keep watching.  Some new poll will appear soon.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On The Right Sidebar Of This Blog; Do You Have An Account With FaceBook?; Interesting Results To Date

Hi Everyone!

I hope you have not only noticed the current Poll I am running on the right sidebar of this blog but that you also took the time to share your vote.

This Poll has generated a lot more votes than did my previous Poll.

This Poll asks the questions “Do You Have A Facebook Account?”.

I think the statistics are interesting.

So far 66% of respondents have indicated they have a Facebook account while 34% of the respondents indicated they do not have a Facebook account.

Having a Facebook account is one way to make more connections with relatives in your quest for genealogical research.  So it does appear that many of you are taking advantage of Facebook as a Social Media tool to possibly further your genealogical connections.

But I also take away that with the hype for Facebook, it is certainly true that everyone does not have a Facebook account!  We are often led to believe that literally everyone is on Facebook.  The anecdotal results of this non-scientific poll certainly do not show that.

I am still going to keep the Poll up and active for a little while longer.

If you have not expressed yourself via vote on this poll, please feel free to do so.

The more votes the merrier!

Thanks to those that have participated on this fun poll.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Some Interesting Statistics On The Use Of The Internet, E-Mail, Social Media And Cell Phones By Senior Citizens; How Do You Compare?

Hi Everyone!

One of our Reference Librarians here made me aware of a very interesting Internet site that is put together by the Pew Internet Organization.  This group does frequent surveys on a variety of topics.  This particular survey caught my attention because it focused on statistical results generated by Senior Citizens and their Internet/E-Mail/Social Media/Cell Phone usage and habits.

Here is a short summary of some of the highlights of the findings of the survey:

Older Adults and Internet Use – from Pew Internet & American Life Project. As of April 2012, 53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email.  As of February 2012, one third (34%) of internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day. By comparison, email use continues to be the bedrock of online communications for seniors. As of August 2011, 86% of internet users age 65 and older use email, with 48% doing so on a typical day. A growing share of seniors own a cell phone. Some 69% of adults ages 65 and older report that they have a mobile phone, up from 57% in May 2010. Report also compares usage in various age groups.

You can visit the following web site for even more details of the actual survey itself:

Pew Internet and American Life Project (Older Adults and Internet Use)

I find these studies fascinating because I like to compare the results obtained in the studies to my own personal habits as they apply to my Internet activity, E-mail activity and the like.

How do you compare?  Similarly or just the opposite?

While this is not directly related to genealogy, in  a way it is because our research efforts are often so dependent on our Internet access to find answers to our own research.  Social Media use, Cell Phone use and E-Mail use are key ingredients today in our genealogy research efforts.

Check out the above link to the full survey to see how your own habits fit in with the results of this interesting study.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Do You Have A Facebook Account?”; “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.

“Do You Have A Facebook Account?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Facebook is such a world-renowned Social Media platform that can serve as a connecting point for many genealogists doing research.  So I wanted to see how many of the readers of the blog have an account on Facebook.

One would think that just about everyone is on Facebook.  Let us see what the readers of the blog say as to their own participation on Facebook with an account they set up.

Facebook can be that perfect point where family connect.  Genealogists can connect.  Collaborators on Family History can connect.  New, undiscovered descendants can connect to someone actively researching a particular family line.  Facebook provides a great tool for the Family Historian to expand their research simply by allowing a meeting of the minds full of family knowledge to connect and share.

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

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Time For A New Poll; Current Poll On Favorite Genealogy Journals Is Not Getting Very Many Responses So I Am Closing It Down

Hi Everyone!

I have been looking at the results of the current poll that exists on the blog and to put it bluntly the participation and results for this one have been dismal in comparisons to the previous polls.

To date I have only received about 10 responses on the entire poll over about a 7 week appearance on the blog when previous polls have elicited about 40 to 60 replies.

Yikes!

Maybe it was too complicated with the selection list.  I hope it was not because the readers are not familiar with the journals I selected that are really the core of genealogy journals and simply did not want to comment on a journal for which they did not have an opinion.  I know my reading audience is very intelligent and use genealogy journals to increase their research skills by learning about new things in genealogy via the journals.

So let’s just have a “do over” and eliminate this poll and put up another one that might elicit more responses.

I will put on my thinking cap and see what new poll I can come up that will generate a larger response and be more direct.

I certainly welcome poll suggestions about genealogy from readers of this blog.  Leave a comment on a blog post or use the “Contact” form from the Pages at the top of the blog home page.

Thanks to those that did participate and expressed their views on the most recent poll on genealogy journals.

Keep watching.  Some new poll will appear soon.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Other” Poll Results Category For The New Poll On Favorite Genealogy Journals; Results Only Seen By Me Was Not Anticipated

Hi Everyone!

Hopefully, you are aware that I created another new poll on the right sidebar of this blog.  This poll asks you to select your favorite genealogy journal from a pre-set list of popular journals still published.  I also included an “Other” category for the responder to “write in” their favorite journal that is not in the pre-set list.

I thought that when used, the write-in would appear in the poll results for all to see when someone clicks on the link to “View Results”.

Unfortunately, I discovered it does not work that way with PollDaddy.  I do see that someone entered in a genealogy journal in that “other” category.  However, the actual “other” category is only visible to me when I log into PollDaddy.  Not what I wanted or expected!  The joys of learning how some processes work.

The response that was entered into the “other” category was Family Tree Magazine for those of you that also would like to know.

PollDaddy allows me to consider adding in those journals that appear in the “other” category into the poll itself.

So you only learn by trying!

I thought I would let you know what is happening because I truly believe you would expect to see what respondents entered into the “other” category.  Sad to say you will not see them until I report them in a blog post.

Maybe if other journal names appear in the “other” category, I will just take advantage of the PollDaddy ability to enter those into the list I created.

Another mystery solved!

I apologize for any confusion.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll Now In The Right Sidebar Of This Blog; “What Is Your Favorite Nationally Known And Still Published Genealogy Journal?”

Hi Everyone!

I have added a new poll in the right sidebar of this blog right at the beginning of the home page.

I thought it would be a good idea to gather some responses and statistics as to what are the favorite nationally known and still published genealogy journals enjoyed by our readers.

I have noted in the poll 5 of what I think are the most known genealogy journals that researchers may subscribe to or even read here at our library.  In this poll, if you have more than one favorite, you can actually vote for more than one.  If I have omitted a favorite journal, you can submit your own favorite genealogy journal that you follow and learn from.

Sad to say, but many genealogy journals over the last 5 years have really fallen on hard times and are no longer published.  Journals such as “Everton’s Genealogical Helper”, “Ancestry”, “Heritage Quest”, “Digital Genealogist” have all bitten the dust and are no longer with us actively although past issues can still be read.

So I have left my readers with a small list of some of the more remaining popular genealogy journals that are still published and are also in our collection.

I am open to suggestions on future polls.  Drop me a line via the “Contact” Page of this blog at the top of the homepage.  Leave a “Comment” for me within this post on your topical ideas for future genealogical polls.  Your input is appreciated to pose polls that are of interest to you in the world of genealogy.

Take a look at this new poll.

Place your “vote” now and see how we stack up over the next 6 to 8 weeks as this poll stays open.

If you ever want to see what the results are of past polls, you can always visit the special Page at the top of this blog that is identified as “Poll Archives”.

Enjoy this new poll.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library