Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “If You Have Had Your DNA Tested For Genealogy, Which Service Provider Did You Use?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about  3 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since September 8, 2016.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “If You Have Had Your DNA Tested For Genealogy, Which Service Provider Did You Use?”  A) Family Tree DNA, B) 23 and Me, C) Ancestry DNA, D) National Geographic Genographic Project, E) I used more than one provider, F) Other provider not on the list.

The results of the poll showed the following from the 39 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their response to the question.  The numbers show that:

  • 16 (41.03%) noted they had used more than 1 provider
  • 10 (25.64%) noted they used exclusively Family Tree DNA
  • 7 (17.95%) noted they used exclusively Ancestry DNA
  • 5 (12.82%) noted they used exclusively 23 and Me
  • 1 (2.56%) noted they used exclusively the National Geographic Genographic Project
  • 0 (0%) noted they used a provider not on the list.

I was actually thinking that most responses would indicate just choosing one provider and that provider would have been Ancestry DNA.  But as you can see, almost half of the respondents noted they have used multiple DNA providers from the major providers and the one major provider used exclusively was Family Tree DNA (personal note, that is the company that did my DNA analysis).

Using multiple companies may make sense as a check to see if results are similar for the same DNA test being done by each company.  Would one company show me as 98% Eastern European and another show me as 40%?  Maybe I would not want to see such a result because then I wouldn’t know if something was incorrectly processed by the company.  Most results for the same DNA test are going to be similar but not exact.  Each company has its own algorithms and logic to determine its results.  So maybe you might expect one company for an autosomal test to be a couple of percentage points difference in scoring your results.

We test with multiple companies because we want validity between the two and possibly also to see some things one company provides for this kind of test that the other company does not.

Using multiple companies also provides you with more exposure to possible matches.  Say you test with Family Tree DNA.  Maybe an unknown cousin tested using Ancestry DNA.  You would never know that cousin existed by looking at your matched results in Family Tree DNA and vice versa.  Yes, it will cost you more money, but you stand the chance of discovering more matches from unknown cousins that tested with other providers.

When you do test with multiple companies you also can take advantage of future sales for other various DNA products they offer because they do come back to you as a previous customer with special deals.  So the more companies, the more of a chance you will receive better offers for future testing at discounted prices.

It did not surprise me to see only a count of 1 for the National Geographic Genographic Project.  No one has ever really mentioned that project to me as one they submitted for analysis.  Also because the list of choices I provided literally covered all of the major DNA testers, it did not surprise me that no one noted they had been tested outside of the list of major players.

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 or select from a list of choices to answer the question.  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 25 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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening December 13, 2016 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

There is no pre-registration required in order to attend the program.  There is no fee charged to attend.  Anyone can attend this program.  You do not have to be a library card holder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to attend.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, December 13, 2016:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, and Colonial American. There will also be a “new” DNA/Adoption table. Finally, there will also be a Beginners Group.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the breakout groups will form at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

December 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; No Genealogy Program Noted For December

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent issue of the December 2016 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

The Swedish American Genealogical Society has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum.  There is NO Genealogy Program scheduled for December 2016.   I looked at the January 2017 calendar they have and did not yet see a genealogy program scheduled for January 2017.

You can look at the Calendar of Events for the Swedish American Museum here at:

Swedish American Museum Calendar of Events

You can contact the Nordic Family Genealogy Center through the museum at genealogy@samac.org.

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history, culture and ancestry.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during December 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago December 2016

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take a look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of December 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder Re-Post: Check This Blog During the Winter Months In Case Bad Weather Forces Us To Cancel A Genealogy Program; I Would Post That Cancellation Notice Here

Hi Everyone!

Winter Weather Clip ArtI just wanted to remind readers of this blog, especially those of you that often attend our monthly Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL), that I would post a notice here if a Genealogy Program on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month would have to be cancelled due to bad, wintry weather.

A few cancellations have happened in the past and I believe posting the cancellation of that program in this blog proved helpful and beneficial to those who thought of coming out on a bad wintry night.  I believe that our most recent cancellation of our genealogy program was in February 2010 just a few months after I started this blog.  We have had a pretty long run of no cancellations!!

A cancellation does not happen often,  but this blog can easily get the word out that a genealogy program is being cancelled due to inclement weather.

It could be that we need to cancel our program but our library could still be open on these dicey nights.  It is not uncommon that many of our speakers come from a distance and bad weather could make it impossible for them to drive to our library to make the presentation while our library would still remain open.

As I write this in late November 2016, we have been experiencing some incredibly warm, comfortable weather throughout October and November so far.  Good enough that you probably do not even think of those nasty, blowing, snowing nights that you know we will get this winter.  I just hope they don’t occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month, the day of our program.

Cross your fingers that good weather karma will be with us on our program nights for December 2016 and  January, February and March of 2017.

So keep checking back here especially on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month if you may be planning on attending our genealogy program during the months of December, January, February and March.  If the weather is dicey and we cancel the program, you will hear it here!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Genealogy T-Shirt With Interesting Wording; Company Website Provided

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township District Library

One of our very regular participants at our genealogy program attended our most recent program on November 8, 2016.  When he walked in the door, he showed off his brand new genealogy T-shirt that visually provided a very nice message.  But, the reader had to look even closer at the wording on the shirt because there were words of a smaller size under lines of words with a larger size.  Your eyes initially saw one message but further looking made you see an even different message from the one eyes initially saw.

This is one of those cases that you just have to see the image of the shirt with the words on it.  Putting down the text of the phrase in this blog will just not do it justice.  You have to visually see it to get the full effect.

The message on his particular shirt is intended for a shirt to be worn by a male.  Our genealogy participant did tell me that the company can also make a T-shirt for a female that has a similar message.

Here is a link to the shirt image and the company behind it:

Unique Genealogy T-Shirt

Here is a link to the same company that will get you to a larger variety of other T-shirts having a variety of other genealogy type humorous wording appearing on T-shirts:

Online Site For Etsy Company and Other Genealogy T-Shirts

If you want to tell everyone of your like for genealogy, as well as your love for your husband or wife, then check out not only the “special” genealogy T-shirt I noted above but also the many more varieties that are being offered by the company Etsy.

Put a little fun in your genealogy life and let everyone know how much you enjoy this great hobby.

A big “Thank You” to our participant for not only wearing that shirt for all of us to see but also for giving me the web information about this T-shirt and the company that makes them.

Enjoy!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference On March 11, 2017 Will NOT Allow Any Un-Registered Walk-Ins

Hi Everyone!

DCGS LogoOn November 21, 2016 I made a blog post about the upcoming DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference that will take place on March 11, 2017.

In that post I mistakenly noted that “Walk-Ins” on the day of the event would be able to participate assuming there were still openings for the maximum attendance amount of 280 for this program.

I did receive a comment via that blog post from Rose who is the Chairperson for the society’s Annual Conference in which she noted that the society for this year’s program will NOT be accepting un-registered “Walk-Ins” on the day of the event.  Walk-Ins had been allowed at previous years programs.  I should know that, because that is how I attended this annual conference once I realized they were not at capacity.  This year is different.  You will need to register before you arrive no matter what.  Keep in mind that they have a maximum attendance planned of 280.  Once that figure is reached, registration will end.

So if you want to go to the program, connect to my previous post in this blog on the subject at

2017 DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information

and go through the online registration process before they reach capacity limit of 280.

I have also gone back to my original posting of this information and have updated it by removing any included references to “Walk-Ins”.

Also, while at the previous post location, visit the comments part of the post and see the actual comment left by Rose.

Thanks to Rose for the clarification.

So, don’t do like I did in years past and just come strutting in on the day of the event.  Get yourself registered in advance if capacity has not been reached even if it is right near the date of the actual conference.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Database Added To FamilySearch.org; “Illinois, Archdiocese Of Chicago, Cemetery Records, 1864-1989”; Great Resource If You Have Chicago Area Catholics In Your Ancestral Lines; Link To Database Included

Hi Everyone!

FamilySearch.org LogoCeleste, my friend and librarian colleague from Indian Trails Public Library, and a regular participant at our own monthly genealogy program, has made me aware of a newly added database to FamilySearch.

For those of you doing Chicago area research that have Roman Catholics in your ancestral lines, this new database could be the proverbial “goldmine” of information for you.

Here is a link to this exciting new database in FamilySearch:

Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago, Cemetery Records, 1864-1989

The name of the database is Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago, Cemetery Records, 1864-1989.  The database is searchable and the search results will be able to link you to images of the record.  Please note that you must be registered with FamilySearch and logged in to be able to see the actual image of the burial card.  You can search and see the transcribed data without being logged in.  The image record is basically a burial card.  Here is what you can expect to find on it:

  • Name of the deceased.
  • Place of death.  This could be a home address or I saw a few in my own ancestral line that indicated place of death was a named hospital.  It could even be an out-of-state location of death that can give you clues for further research there.  However, it does appear that if the person died or lived in the City of Chicago, the naming of Chicago was omitted on the card.  I did find cards for those that died who did not live or die in the City of Chicago, that the town or suburb name was included.
  • Burial Lot/Grave site Information
  • Age of person at death.
  • Date of Interment

One major piece of information is NOT on the burial card.  The cemetery nameCemetery Headstones2 Clip Art is NOT present.  You can see the cemetery name by opening up the link from the surname itself or the icon for the “details” data not the icon for the “image”.  It will appear there as one of the fields at the end of the record of text information.  If you open up either the Surname link  itself or the “Details” data link, you will then be able to see an image of the record that you could also open up.  Many times you just want to look at the image first and only.  If you do, then go back to the “Details” link to see that information that contains the cemetery name.

Also, you will not be able to find information on the most recent 25 years of burials.  The data presented only goes through 1989, which for the most part, is still incredibly helpful to go deeper into time.  Just remember that when you are looking at your results and you are not seeing the name of someone you know that should have been in this database it could be because they died in the most recent 25 years.

I have only sampled this database for a short time and I do notice it can provide many more leads to your already existing research if you have identified the person and information previously.  As an example, I found a Great Aunt in this file for whom I had a good amount of information, including burial location.  This person from an obituary was noted as having lived in Algonquin, IL.  One could assume the person died in Algonquin.  In this case, the burial record noted Place of Death as Elgin, IL.  More to pursue.  Did she die at an Elgin hospital that was not stated on the burial card??  Did she live in Algonquin but perhaps die at the home of a child in Elgin??  Did they move from Algonquin prior to death??

You may very well discover great pieces of additional information from these burial cards that really contain very little information.

Another random piece of information I noticed written on one of the cards of one of my ancestors just simply said “St. Hedwig”.  I know that where the person lived is near that parish name.  I was familiar with it.  So you might discover a parish that the deceased may have had church ceremonies at.  I only saw one of these among 40 that I looked at.

If you have Chicago Roman Catholic ancestral connections, I would suggest you “run” for this file and check it out.  Do not walk!!  Even as I write this post I can’t stop searching this file for different names I know of in my own research!!

Thank you Celeste for the heads up on this database not only for me personally but also for me being able to share this news with so many others via this blog post.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library