Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Done A Video Recording Or An Audio Recording Of An Interview Of A Relative Regarding Family History?”; 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 August 26, 2015.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Done A Video Recording Or An Audio Recording Interview Of A Relative Regarding Family History?”?

The results of the poll showed the following from the 38 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 12 responses (31.58%) noted they have video recorded or audio recorded an interview for family history  while 26 responses (68.42%) indicated they have not video recorded or audio recorded an interview for family history .

I am actually surprised at the numbers showing that 31% have captured a video recording or audio recording interview for family history.  I actually thought there would have been more indicating they have done some kind of recording.  Not my scientific opinion,  just a gut feeling.  Researchers, please get that recording media going and get those relatives on tape or digital file for future reference!!  They will not be around forever.  Plus, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a new researcher seek help from me and note that everyone they could ask for family history information has passed away!

Often times family members have great stories to tell, stories for which your early research may not yet even have a clue about what it is all about.  But by recording it in some fashion you will always have a fall-back to review the story told by the individual himself at a future time when they are no longer alive and your research have moved further along.

Most smartphones today have camera and video recording functionally.  Sometimes these devices are not the best in my opinion.  Regular camcorders with digital files can allow you to record lengthy conversations and then be able to convert the digital file to DVD to share with other family members.  The phone related videos can take up a significant amount of space plus it makes it hard to share with other family members because of the size of the file.  So I say still consider a regular camcorder to do your recording.

Always get in the habit early on in your research to capture your relatives stories in some recorded fashion.  You will not regret it later if you need to review what was spoken and compare that to what you have discovered in your research over time.  Plus, death is inevitable for all of us.  At least focus on those in your family tree that are the oldest in age to capture their stories.

Let’s try to get the number up to 100% for recording an interview of a relative for family history rather than the 32% respondents noted in this poll!!

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 20 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

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