Category Archives: Polls

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Done A Video Recording Or Audio Recording Interview Of A Relative Regarding Family History?”; “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.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You Done A Video Recording Or An Audio Recording Interview Of A Relative Regarding Family History?”  Yes or No

We all want to immediately start our search for our ancestors by entering in those surnames into those magical search boxes and click away.  Important to do that?  Yes.  But more important is to take the time and connect with your living relatives and capture the stories they know and the facts they know and the myths they may know about your family history.  And even more important is to be able to capture these stories on video and/or audio for future references.  Hopefully, with their permission, you will be able to capture these stories.

During the recording process it is best that you just let them speak about what they know relative to the question you may have asked.  It is not the time to question or challenge what they say or impugn that they are wrong.  You yourself may not know all the facts.  Very often, further research by you on what is being said may discover that they stated very good facts that might be off slightly, but the core of their words are solid.  Having recorded what they said on video/and or audio will allow you to reference the interview at a future time as your research and results expands over time.

Do not rely just on your own notes or memories of what was said during the interview.  If you receive permission to record it then by all means do so.  Nothing better than to be able to go to the interview at a future date and hear the exact words that were spoken.  You may not even get to the interview for many years.

Do Not Rely On Your Own Memory Regarding These Spoken Words!!

So ……………………. “have you ever recorded a video/audio interview of a relative about family history”??

Simple, direct and to the point!

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

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ever Attended A Family Reunion?”; 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 June 17, 2015.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Attended A Family Reunion”?

The results of the poll showed the following from the 42 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 23 responses (54.76%) noted they have attended a Family Reunion  while 19 responses (45.24%) indicated they have not attended a Family Reunion.

I am actually surprised at the numbers showing that 54% have attended a Family Reunion.  I actually thought there would have been more indicating they have not attended a Family Reunion.  Not my scientific opinion,  just a gut feeling.  I have never attended a Family Reunion as of now.  Maybe I should have asked the question that if you attended one maybe you were the one that actually organized it!!  I hope that those that attended a Family Reunion felt that it was a wonderful experience to meet new cousins face-to-face.  Hope you were able to “share” family knowledge as well as to “receive” vast quantities of new information.

Think of ways to have a “family reunion” without having a formal “family reunion”.  I just attended a wedding celebration on one side of my family research.  Though not a “family reunion” it sure felt like one to me.  Lots of time to see plenty of cousins.  Plus, I was actually being sought out by one of my younger cousins who indicated she too has been doing some family research on our family line.  I was happy to have a lengthy conversation with her and know that we will be in touch in the future exchanging information!

On the less happy side of the ledger, wakes and funerals also often serve as those shorter-term “family reunions”.  Not as much fun as weddings, but it can still afford you the chance to connect with cousins and set up future contacts with many that you have not connected to.

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 21 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

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Ever Attended A Family Reunion?”; “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.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You Ever Attended A Family Reunion?”  Yes or No

A Family Reunion can be a rewarding part of doing Family History research.  Not only have you discovered information about your past ancestors, but you have also discovered many more cousins than you have ever known about.  Tracking down ancestors is one part but you also track down living descendants of those ancestors that are your cousins.  Most of them may not be “closely” related to you.  But they are your kin.

As Family Historian you may decide to take it to the next level of interacting with living relatives.  Perhaps a Family Reunion is the ultimate get-together of family to interact with and even meet for the first time.  Maybe a Family Reunion might be small.  Maybe you are connecting with those discovered cousins that are local to your area.  Maybe a Family Reunion is large in size taking place at a hotel in a distant city.

You may have a special day set aside for such a gathering.  Maybe at someone’s house?  Maybe at your house?  Maybe in the summer time at a large park for a picnic?  Maybe at a restaurant?  Maybe a banquet hall?  Maybe with a mixed bag of elderly, middle age and children that are your newly discovered cousins, all sharing a connecting back in time to a common ancestor.  Maybe someone else is doing all the work and you are just going to be attending?  Maybe you did all the work?  Maybe you collaborated with your newly discovered cousins?

So ……………………. have you ever been to a “Family Reunion”??

Simple, direct and to the point!

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

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Watched Any Genealogy Teaching Videos On The Ancestry.com YouTube Channel?”; 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 April 6, 2015.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Watched Any Genealogy Teaching Videos On The Ancestry.com YouTube Channel”?

The results of the poll showed the following from the 44 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 21 responses (47.73%) noted they have viewed teaching videos at the Ancestry.com YouTube channel  while 23 responses (52.77%) indicated they have not viewed any teaching videos on the Ancestry.com YouTube channel.

I am actually surprised at the almost equal numbers of responses indicating  “Yes” and “No” viewing of material at the Ancestry.com YouTube channel.  I actually thought there would have been more indicating viewing of the channel.  The fact there were more “No” responses might simply have meant that readers were not aware the channel for Ancestry.com existed on YouTube.  Perhaps this question has now made readers aware of this wonderful resource to be used to learn even more about the various aspects of genealogical research.

Yet the number of “yes” responses certainly indicates knowledge of this resource.  Online genealogy teaching videos are a great resource for the researcher to add even more skills and knowledge to their research abilities.

Check out this great resource.  Just go to YouTube and enter in the search term AncestryCom (note that there is no “.” between “Ancestry” and “com” like a normal URL name) to get connected to this nice channel.  Or the direct link to the Ancestry.com YouTube channel is:

Ancestry.com YouTube Channel

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

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Watched Any Genealogy Teaching Videos On The Ancestry.com YouTube Channel?”; “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.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You Watched Any Genealogy Teaching Videos On The Ancestry.com YouTube Channel?”  Yes or No

There are great opportunities to improve your genealogy research skills that are available right at your fingertips.  One of these resources is the large amount of informative videos that exist on the Ancestry.com “channel” on YouTube.  If you connect to YouTube at www.youtube.com all you have to do is enter the search term of AncestryCom as the channel name (note the channel name spelling) in the search box.  That term will get you to their channel where you will notice that there are approximately 675 videos of all varieties and lengths.  You can select the “Playlists” link in the channel that will identify the various “subjects” for the variety of videos.  It can still be overwhelming with what you will see here.  Sometimes try searching for a more specific topic of interest to you directly.  That will narrow down your results.

Here is a direct link to the Ancestry.com YouTube Channel

Ancestry.com YouTube Channel

You can find videos in their channel that can help you use Ancestry.com better.  There are general videos in their channel to help you in your research efforts outside of Ancestry.com.  There has certainly got to be something here from the large amount that can help you rev up your genealogy skills.

So ……………………. have you tapped into the great learning resource of the Ancestry.com channel on YouTube??

Simple, direct and to the point!

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

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Taken A Formal Online Genealogy Course For Which You Paid To Participate?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about  2 1/2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since January 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 Ever Taken A Formal Online Genealogy Course For Which You Paid To Participate”?

The results of the poll showed the following from the 52 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 9 responses (17.31%) noted they have taken online courses for which they paid  while 43 responses (82.69%) indicated they have not taken any online courses for which they paid.

I am actually surprised at the rather high number of “Yes” responses indicating individuals that have actually taken more formal online genealogy courses for which they paid money to participate.  I was actually thinking there might be  fewer individuals that might have actually taken more formal genealogy online programs.  Congratulations to all of those that have actually taken the step to more formalize a genealogy educational program!  You stuck to the program of participation, assignments and tests to prove your genealogy mettle.

Our own library now offers a series of formal online educational programs from within a database titled “Gale Courses”.  You do need to be a library cardholder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to avail yourself of this resource.  The “Gale Courses” database is available to access from home for Schaumburg Township District Library cardholders as well as being present on our Reference Computers on the 2nd floor behind the “Ask Us” desk.

Check with your own library that issued you your library card to see if they also offer “Gale Courses” if you do not have a library card from our library.

There is actually one formal class in their for genealogy.  See a recent post I made about this wonderful database of programs that is far more than just genealogy.  Pick a topic or subject, and I am sure you have a good chance of seeing a course present in Gale Courses.  See my post on this subject here:

Schaumburg Township District Library Offers Gale Courses To Its Library Cardholders; Check Out The Genealogy Class

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

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Ever Taken A Formal Online Genealogy Course For Which You Paid To Participate?”; “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.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You  Ever Taken A Formal Online Genealogy Course For Which You Paid To Participate?”  Yes or No

As an example, these would be courses as those offered by the National Genealogical Society or Pharos Tutors Genealogy Online Courses or the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research or other for fee genealogy online centers.

There is a nice link on Cyndi’s List that identifies many of the online courses that researchers can take.  Some are for free to anyone, some are free as being a member of a group and some are for a fee.  You can see these links for educational online genealogy courses at:

Cyndi’s List For Online Genealogy Courses; Some “Free”, Some For A “Fee”

I just want to know if anyone has taken any online genealogy courses for which they paid to participate.

Simple, direct and to the point!

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