Category Archives: Polls

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

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