Category Archives: Polls

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Come To The Schaumburg Township District Library To Access More Online Digital Microfilms Now That We Are An Affiliate With FamilySearch??”; “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 Come To The Schaumburg Township District Library To Access More Online Digital Microfilms Now That We Are An Affiliate With FamilySearch?”

A) Yes

B) No

Our library became an Affiliate library with FamilySearch in July of 2018.  What does this mean?  It means that when you are accessing FamilySearch from within our library buildings using your login with FamilySearch there can be many more digital online microfilms available for you to access from within an Affiliate location than you can access yourself from your own home location!  You MUST be within one of our library buildings using our computers or your computers connected to our WiFi in order to get the benefit of us being an Affiliate.  Home access to FamilySearch will not give you the benefit of Affiliate access.

As an example, for a particular Polish village of interest to me, if I search for that village in the FamilySearch catalog (Place Search) and find digital microfilm data exists, I will discover that I have access to many more of the films for that village while in an Affiliate library than from home.  It is that significant depending on your own search results for a particular location.  At home I may have been able to access 8 of the films out of 23 but in the Affiliate library I happily see I can access 18 of the 23 films!

FamilySearch uses “icons” to identify access to film material or not.  An icon of a camera with a key above it means you cannot access it from your location.  FamilySearch will tell you were it can be accessed such as a FamilyHistory Center or elsewhere.  An icon with just a camera image means you should be able to open up the digital microfilm and view it.

Remember, this is not “surname” searching via an online index.  This is old-fashioned viewing using a digital microfilm online that is not name searchable but will allow you to peruse through the online microfilm data image by image.  It can still be incredibly productive especially since you can no longer order microfilms for use through FamilySearch.

You almost have to do a side-by-side comparison of what you can access from home versus what you can access from within an Affiliate for any particular location of interest to you.

I do emphasize to our genealogy program participants to consider using us as an Affiliate.  All of research is not done through surname index searches.  It is well worth comparing a particular location of interest to you from home versus within our library to see if you have more available digital data to view here.  Again, just login to FamilySearch with your Username and Password while in our library on our computers or on your computer connected to our WiFi.  Search their online catalog for a location of interest to you.  See what digital data microfilms exist for that location.

Don’t leave material for your research untapped if you can view more digital online microfilms from within our library.

So where do you fit into the responses?  Simple choice, YES or NO.

Let the poll speak for itself

Let’s see how the responses go to the question at hand with just a simple selection from the list of answers.

So …………………….“Have You Come To The Schaumburg Township District Library To Access More Online Digital Microfilms Now That We Are An Affiliate With FamilySearch??”

A) Yes

B) No

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 Experienced A Rejection Of A Genealogy DNA Submitted Sample That Could Not Be Processed By One Of The Major Testing Companies? If Yes, Which Company?” Pick From The List Of Responses?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about 10 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since November26, 2018.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!  Sorry for such a long interval!

The poll had asked the following question:

“Have You Experienced A Rejection Of A Genealogy DNA Submitted Sample That Could Not Be Processed By One Of The Major Testing Companies? If Yes, Which Company?” Pick From The List Of Responses?”

A) No Problem At All 

B) Yes, Rejected By Ancestry

C) Yes, Rejected By Family Tree DNA

D) Yes, Rejected By 23andMe

E) Yes, Rejected By MyHeritage DNA

F) Yes, Rejected By National Geographic Genome Project

G) Yes, Rejected By A Company Not In The List

The results of the poll showed the following from the 64 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their response to the question.  The numbers show that:

  • 43 respondents (67%) had no problem whatsoever with DNA submission
  • 12 respondents (19%) had a rejection with a submission to Ancestry DNA
  • 4 respondents (6%) had a rejection with a submission to 23AndMe
  • 2 respondents (3%) had a rejection with a submission to Family Tree DNA
  • 2 respondents (3%) had a rejection with a submission to MyHeritage DNA
  • 1 respondent (2%) had a rejection with a submission to a company not on the list
  • 0 respondents (0%) had a rejection from the National Geographic Genome Project

I was actually surprised at the overall higher than expected number (from my perspective) of the rejections of DNA submitted examples, but especially so for Ancestry DNA that had the vast majority.  Neither of my own submissions to Family Tree DNA was rejected and so because I did not receive a rejection I was simply thinking no one else did.  But I was sure wrong on that considering almost 33% of respondents indicated they had a rejection of submitted DNA.

Speaking about this to others I was hearing such things as not a good swab, or too little saliva was submitted.  Or that you may have recently used mouthwash. Or that you had eaten within 30 minutes of capturing your cells or saliva.   Or our mid-western weather with freezing temperatures could have contributed to rejections on the sample that was mailed.  Or just that there must be an inherent testing processing error with some companies more so than others.

This was sure eye opening to me and probably to anyone that has submitted DNA without a problem.  But it is real nonetheless!

I had been contacted by someone who thought this might have been a good poll question because many of their submitted DNA tests had been rejected and they wanted to see how pervasive it was for rejected DNA tests.  And now we see others through the poll express similar difficulties with rejected tests over and above any amount I would have expected.

Hope you had fun in participating in this poll or just seeing the online results as they were occurring.

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 (64) 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 32 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 Experienced A Rejection Of A Genealogy DNA Submitted Sample That Could Not Be Processed By One Of The Major Testing Companies? If Yes, Which Company?”; Pick From A Multiple-Choice List

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 Experienced A Rejection Of A Genealogy DNA Submitted Sample That Could Not Be Processed By One Of The Major Testing Companies? If Yes, Which Company?”

A) No Problem At All In Processing The Submitted DNA

B) Yes, Rejected By Ancestry DNA

C) Yes, Rejected By Family Tree DNA

D) Yes, Rejected By 23 And Me

E) Yes, Rejected By MyHeritage DNA

F) Yes, Rejected By National Geographic Genome Project

G) Yes, Rejected By A Company Not In The Above List

It was just brought to my attention from Steve Szabados, one of our frequent genealogy program speakers we bring to our library,  that his own wife’s genealogy DNA submission to Ancestry DNA has been rejected not once but 5 times!  No explanation has been given as to the cause of the rejection.  No additional and erroneous charging for each additional kit has been created.  But it is just strange that this kit cannot be successfully processed by Ancestry DNA.  They basically say to just keeping submitting a new kit if the previous one has been rejected, supposedly until it can be processed.

DNA samples were also submitted to Family Tree DNA and to MyHeritage DNA.  These submissions were processed with no problem and no rejection.

Now this is even stranger!

Steve was just curious if anyone else out there has ever experienced having a genealogy DNA kit rejected for processing just because it could not be processed on the receiving end by the DNA processor.

So, just as I was going to go to press with another new poll, I thought I would stop the presses and put this new poll out there that asks the very thing Steve is interested in discovering related to DNA kit rejections.

Rather interesting question.  Personally, I have submitted 2 tests to Family Tree DNA and both have been processed the first time after submitting without any rejections.

I think this is a simple and direct question.

So where do you fit into the responses ?  Take your pick from the multiple choice list of answers.

Let the poll speak for itself

Let’s see how the responses go to the question at hand with just a simple selection from the list of answers.

So …………………….“Have You Experienced A Rejection Of A Genealogy DNA Submitted Sample That Could Not Be Processed By One Of The Major Testing Companies? If Yes, Which Company?”

A) No Problem At All In Processing The Submitted DNA

B) Yes, Rejected By Ancestry DNA

C) Yes, Rejected By Family Tree DNA

D) Yes, Rejected By 23 And Me

E) Yes, Rejected By MyHeritage DNA

F) Yes, Rejected By National Geographic Genome Project

G) Yes, Rejected By A Company Not In The Above List

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 Created A Family History Book Of Your Research That You Have Published In Print Or E-Book Format?”; Results Indicated; Tips Included To Help You Start The Writing Process

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about 4 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since June 26, 2018.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the following question:

“Have You Created A Family History Book Of Your Research That You Have Published In Print Or E-Book Format? ”

A) Yes

B) No

The results of the poll showed the following from the 44 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their response to the question.  The numbers show that:

  • 8 respondents (18.18%) have created a family history book of their research
  • 36 respondents (81.82%) have NOT created a family history book of their research

I was not surprised that the results show such a high amount for those that have not created a family history book of their research.  It can be a daunting challenge, but a well-worth endeavor nonetheless.

Yet 18% or respondents have in fact been able to create a print version of their family history research.  That to me is a surprisingly large percent.  Congratulations to all of you that have in fact created a family history in print.

Do you have great intentions but just do not know how to start?

Our January 8, 2019 Genealogy Program may be one that you want to put into your calendar.  The topic for this program blends in quite nicely with writing your Family History.  Regina Yuill will be our guest speaker for the program.  She will present a program titled “Preparing to Publish Your Book: Tips and Tricks for the Writer”.

Additionally, there is a very nice Wiki entry at FamilySearch on the topic of writing your Family History.  I think it is well-worth reviewing it because it is short and sweet and can be the impetus to give you confidence to embark on such a project.

You can find this Wiki entry from FamilySearch at:

“Create A Family History” Wiki Entry At FamilySearch

Hope you had fun in participating in this poll or just seeing the online results as they were occurring.

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 (44) 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 31 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 Created A Family History Book Of Your Research That You Have Published In Print Or E-Book Format?”; “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 Created A Family History Book Of Your Research That You Have Published In Print Or E-Book Format?”

A) Yes

B) No

Yes, that is a pretty big step to take with your research.  We all might have overwhelming amounts of research materials we have captured over many years.  We might have copies of documents, original material, letters, photos and the list goes on and on of what we have.  But the amount of material we have does not necessarily make it easy for anyone interested in your research to make heads or tails out of it.  Much of it may well be considered published if you have uploaded it to your favorite “family tree” websites, either those that are free or those that you subscribe to.  But an uploaded family tree is not the same as a fully published book.

Maybe taking the next “big” step and distilling the material into a published family history book in print or E-Book format will bring clarity and conciseness to all of the hard work you put into your research.  Just think of the notoriety to be gained as your book sits on the shelf of some prestigious library or archive!  Of course, it could also be in electronic E-book formatting sitting on someone’s phone or tablet!

I personally have not published my family history in print.  So I am not telling you to do something that I have not done myself.

Over time I have come across some researchers that have in fact created a family history book in print as well as in E-Book format, being published with an actual publishing company.  Maybe the poll question has piqued your curiosity?  Here is something I found online that can give you some insights into the process of writing and publishing a family history book as well as resources that are out there for you to tap into:

Writing and Publishing Your Family History by Penny Stratton

On-Demand Printing and Self-Publishing Resources from CyndisList

But I want to know if you have taken the true authoring plunge and have not only created a book of your research but have actually had it published in print with a real life publishing company.  Or maybe you have put together your material in actual book form following E-book formats and self-published it, that counts too.

If so, you have really reached the pinnacle of authorship!

I think this is a simple and direct question.

So where do you fit into the responses ?  Yes or No

Let the poll speak for itself

Lets see how the responses go to the question at hand with just a simple “Yes” or “No” to pick from.

So …………………….“Have You Created A Family History Book Of Your Research That You Have Published In Print Or E-Book Format?”

A) Yes

B) No

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 Gone To Visit Your Ancestral Town/Village Of Origin Outside Of The United States?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that about 6 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since November 21, 2017.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the following question:

“Have You Gone To Visit Your Ancestral Town/Village Of Origin Outside Of The United States?”

A) Yes

B) No

The results of the poll showed the following from the 94 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their response to the question.  The numbers show that:

  • 53 respondents (56.38%) have not visited their ancestral home town outside of the United States
  • 41 respondents (43.62%) have visited their ancestral home town outside of the United States

I apologize for the long delay between polls.  My own goal is to have a new poll about every three months.  This interval was way too long at six months.  I knew I have been very busy over the last few months working on Veterans History Project matters as well as working on our library becoming a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.  Good goals so I hope you understand.

I was surprised that the results show such a high amount for those that have in fact visited their ancestral town of origin outside of the United States.  Not a majority, but to me 43% is pretty high to have done that.

Genealogy trips to ancestral homes is a growing activity.  There are many travel companies that are offering such trips with fluent guides to help you through the language barriers when they exist.  My research is Polish.  I am a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America.  As such, from the journal I receive through them I am aware that there is much talk about a variety of Polish genealogical tours to the homeland and in particular to villages associated with your own ancestry.

Congratulations to all of those that responded they had returned to their town of origin.  I bet it was a great feeling to walk the same land as your ancestors.  Perhaps, you were even able to discover grave sites of your ancestors and pay them homage while standing right above them!  And even more, perhaps you actually were able to see the actual homes they grew up and left from!

For the rest of us that have not made the trip, perhaps that desire will develop down the road.  Keep an open mind.

Hope you had fun in participating in this poll or just seeing the online results as they were occurring.

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 (94) 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 30 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

Curiosity Question About Recent Poll Question In This Blog That I Created; Have 8 Of 18 Respondents Actually Visited Their Ancestral Town/Village Outside Of The United States?; That Is An Amazing High Number Already!

Hi Everyone!

I am really surprised already about the results showing up in the recent poll question I placed in the right sidebar of this blog.

The question being asked is “Have You Gone To Visit Your Ancestral Town/Village Of Origin Outside Of The United States?   “Yes” or “No”

I actually thought that I would get very few respondents who would have indicated that they have visited their ancestral town/village outside of the United States.  Instead, I see that 8 of the 18 responses received so far have noted that they have visited their ancestral town/village outside of the United States.  WOW! I never would have thought that many researchers have actually visited their ancestral town/village outside of the United States from just a total of 18 responses.

This is where I can go wrong on my anticipation on what results I could expect to see!  I should not guess the results before they actually happen!!  The poll has only been open for a short time so I wonder if the numbers will actually continue to grow from future responses.

I would sure be curious to hear what some of the ancestral towns are outside of the United States that have been visited.  For those that responded to the poll with a positive answer, could you leave a comment on this blog post and let me and other readers know where you have visited and connected with your ancestors area of life.

Thanks again to all that have already responded on the poll.  I hope you enjoy that part of this blog allowing me to ask a lot of different aspects of genealogy that you and me are curious about.

Let’s hear about where you visited.  Leave a comment.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library