Monthly Archives: December 2016

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