Monthly Archives: March 2012

New Poll Now In The Right Sidebar Of This Blog; “Have You Participated With FamilySearch As A Volunteer Transcriber?”

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 whether readers of this blog have participated with FamilySearch as a volunteer transcriber of genealogical records.

Let’s see how many of you participate actively, have participated but are inactive now and how many have never volunteered to transcribe.

The records all of us like to access for free online are only created by the help of volunteers willing to transcribe them into actual online database components.  So let’s see how active or inactive a group of readers we have.

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

Poll On This Blog, “Have You Ever Attended A Multi-Day National Genealogical Conference?” Now Closed; Observations and Analysis

Hi Everyone!

I hope all of you have taken the time to at least look at the “poll” that was part of this blog.  You really couldn’t miss it if you visit the home page of this blog.  It was located in the right sidebar right at the top.

The poll is now closed.

Participation in this poll has been much greater than the first poll that I ran.  This poll has garnered 59 responses as of today, much more than the first poll that garnered 39 responses in total for a longer running time.

I want to thank all of you that have taken the time to not only vote but who have also been monitoring  the vote tabulations as they have accumulated.

So far it looks like 35% of the respondents have indicated they have attended a national multi-day genealogical conference and 65% indicated they have not attended such a conference.

So what does mean??

In my unscientific analysis it would appear to me to indicate that I think many of our participants and readers of this blog are very experienced researchers and those with experience are ones that may tend to attend the conferences.  Those who are new often are plenty busy just learning about genealogy and beginning their research by digging into their family histories.  Perhaps this effort has not yet allowed new researchers to participate in such national multi-day programs.

My anecdotal expectation was that there were going to be far fewer numbers that attended such a conference.  Instead, the numbers show a larger amount of attendees than I would have thought.  That is what leads me to believe we have a very knowledgeable and experienced group of researchers that voiced their opinion via the poll.

I welcome analysis comments from any of my readers via the “Comments” part of the blog for this post.

I also welcome any ideas for poll questions you may think would be good to survey.

Thanks to all the participants who took the time to vote.

I hope you are enjoying these unscientific polls.

Time to put up a new poll.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

National Genealogical Society 2012 Annual Conference Brochure And Program Information; May 9-14, 2012 In Cincinnati, Ohio

Hi Everyone!

The National Genealogical Society has an annual multi-day conference each year.

This year’s program is scheduled for May 9, 2012 through May 14, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  You certainly have plenty of time to peruse the material and make plans to attend this annual major genealogical event.

You can view the full-color 16 page registration brochure at their website by clicking on the following link at:

Also just visit the main NGS website to take a look at much more information and material that they have at the site.  There is much more information about this conference available through their main website.  Browse their site and see what other great resources they may have available online that can help you in your own research efforts.

You can visit their main website at

Look for the part of their main website at the top that says “Conferences and Events”.

Attending a national conference such as this is an eye-opening genealogical experience that I would recommend at least once in a lifetime for researchers.  There are literally 180 informative hour-long programs that are scheduled during this program between 8 AM through 4 PM.  There are even  programs going on through the early evening if you can’t get enough information on genealogy from 8 AM until 4 PM!

This brochure is one that in the past I would have made a copy for distribution to our genealogy program  participants.  However, now that I am writing this blog, it is more appropriate to direct you to the National Genealogical Society website directly for you to take a look at their full 16 page color brochure they have put together.

The above link will take you directly to this 16 page incredible brochure.

Even if you do not go to this program or another one down the road, I always recommend that you should take a look at the variety of programs being offered.  You may very well find a program with a great speaker that fits right in with your own research aspirations.  You will then possibly have a contact to make with the speaker to see if they can help answer a question you may have on the genealogical topic of interest.

Also take a look at the long list of world-renowned genealogical speakers that are in the brochure.

These are the best of the best!

Your paths may cross with them through material they may have already published.  Some may even be local to our own area.  Some may very well be speakers we have had at our library offering some great genealogical programs for you to learn from!

Take a look through the brochure to gain a sense of magnitude of what a national genealogical conference looks like.  It is amazing.  These conference are often attended by anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 fellow researchers.  Vendors are also present selling their wares.

This conference can be nothing short of genealogy nirvana!

Check out the brochure.  Check out the NGS Program.  Try to attend one once in your life.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library