Category Archives: Polls

Poll On The Right Sidebar Of This Blog; Do You Have An Account With FaceBook?; Interesting Results To Date

Hi Everyone!

I hope you have not only noticed the current Poll I am running on the right sidebar of this blog but that you also took the time to share your vote.

This Poll has generated a lot more votes than did my previous Poll.

This Poll asks the questions “Do You Have A Facebook Account?”.

I think the statistics are interesting.

So far 66% of respondents have indicated they have a Facebook account while 34% of the respondents indicated they do not have a Facebook account.

Having a Facebook account is one way to make more connections with relatives in your quest for genealogical research.  So it does appear that many of you are taking advantage of Facebook as a Social Media tool to possibly further your genealogical connections.

But I also take away that with the hype for Facebook, it is certainly true that everyone does not have a Facebook account!  We are often led to believe that literally everyone is on Facebook.  The anecdotal results of this non-scientific poll certainly do not show that.

I am still going to keep the Poll up and active for a little while longer.

If you have not expressed yourself via vote on this poll, please feel free to do so.

The more votes the merrier!

Thanks to those that have participated on this fun poll.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Some Interesting Statistics On The Use Of The Internet, E-Mail, Social Media And Cell Phones By Senior Citizens; How Do You Compare?

Hi Everyone!

One of our Reference Librarians here made me aware of a very interesting Internet site that is put together by the Pew Internet Organization.  This group does frequent surveys on a variety of topics.  This particular survey caught my attention because it focused on statistical results generated by Senior Citizens and their Internet/E-Mail/Social Media/Cell Phone usage and habits.

Here is a short summary of some of the highlights of the findings of the survey:

Older Adults and Internet Use – from Pew Internet & American Life Project. As of April 2012, 53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email.  As of February 2012, one third (34%) of internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day. By comparison, email use continues to be the bedrock of online communications for seniors. As of August 2011, 86% of internet users age 65 and older use email, with 48% doing so on a typical day. A growing share of seniors own a cell phone. Some 69% of adults ages 65 and older report that they have a mobile phone, up from 57% in May 2010. Report also compares usage in various age groups.

You can visit the following web site for even more details of the actual survey itself:

Pew Internet and American Life Project (Older Adults and Internet Use)

I find these studies fascinating because I like to compare the results obtained in the studies to my own personal habits as they apply to my Internet activity, E-mail activity and the like.

How do you compare?  Similarly or just the opposite?

While this is not directly related to genealogy, in  a way it is because our research efforts are often so dependent on our Internet access to find answers to our own research.  Social Media use, Cell Phone use and E-Mail use are key ingredients today in our genealogy research efforts.

Check out the above link to the full survey to see how your own habits fit in with the results of this interesting study.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Do You Have A Facebook Account?”; “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.

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

“Do You Have A Facebook Account?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Facebook is such a world-renowned Social Media platform that can serve as a connecting point for many genealogists doing research.  So I wanted to see how many of the readers of the blog have an account on Facebook.

One would think that just about everyone is on Facebook.  Let us see what the readers of the blog say as to their own participation on Facebook with an account they set up.

Facebook can be that perfect point where family connect.  Genealogists can connect.  Collaborators on Family History can connect.  New, undiscovered descendants can connect to someone actively researching a particular family line.  Facebook provides a great tool for the Family Historian to expand their research simply by allowing a meeting of the minds full of family knowledge to connect and share.

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Time For A New Poll; Current Poll On Favorite Genealogy Journals Is Not Getting Very Many Responses So I Am Closing It Down

Hi Everyone!

I have been looking at the results of the current poll that exists on the blog and to put it bluntly the participation and results for this one have been dismal in comparisons to the previous polls.

To date I have only received about 10 responses on the entire poll over about a 7 week appearance on the blog when previous polls have elicited about 40 to 60 replies.

Yikes!

Maybe it was too complicated with the selection list.  I hope it was not because the readers are not familiar with the journals I selected that are really the core of genealogy journals and simply did not want to comment on a journal for which they did not have an opinion.  I know my reading audience is very intelligent and use genealogy journals to increase their research skills by learning about new things in genealogy via the journals.

So let’s just have a “do over” and eliminate this poll and put up another one that might elicit more responses.

I will put on my thinking cap and see what new poll I can come up that will generate a larger response and be more direct.

I certainly welcome poll suggestions about genealogy from readers of this blog.  Leave a comment on a blog post or use the “Contact” form from the Pages at the top of the blog home page.

Thanks to those that did participate and expressed their views on the most recent poll on genealogy journals.

Keep watching.  Some new poll will appear soon.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Other” Poll Results Category For The New Poll On Favorite Genealogy Journals; Results Only Seen By Me Was Not Anticipated

Hi Everyone!

Hopefully, you are aware that I created another new poll on the right sidebar of this blog.  This poll asks you to select your favorite genealogy journal from a pre-set list of popular journals still published.  I also included an “Other” category for the responder to “write in” their favorite journal that is not in the pre-set list.

I thought that when used, the write-in would appear in the poll results for all to see when someone clicks on the link to “View Results”.

Unfortunately, I discovered it does not work that way with PollDaddy.  I do see that someone entered in a genealogy journal in that “other” category.  However, the actual “other” category is only visible to me when I log into PollDaddy.  Not what I wanted or expected!  The joys of learning how some processes work.

The response that was entered into the “other” category was Family Tree Magazine for those of you that also would like to know.

PollDaddy allows me to consider adding in those journals that appear in the “other” category into the poll itself.

So you only learn by trying!

I thought I would let you know what is happening because I truly believe you would expect to see what respondents entered into the “other” category.  Sad to say you will not see them until I report them in a blog post.

Maybe if other journal names appear in the “other” category, I will just take advantage of the PollDaddy ability to enter those into the list I created.

Another mystery solved!

I apologize for any confusion.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll Now In The Right Sidebar Of This Blog; “What Is Your Favorite Nationally Known And Still Published Genealogy Journal?”

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 what are the favorite nationally known and still published genealogy journals enjoyed by our readers.

I have noted in the poll 5 of what I think are the most known genealogy journals that researchers may subscribe to or even read here at our library.  In this poll, if you have more than one favorite, you can actually vote for more than one.  If I have omitted a favorite journal, you can submit your own favorite genealogy journal that you follow and learn from.

Sad to say, but many genealogy journals over the last 5 years have really fallen on hard times and are no longer published.  Journals such as “Everton’s Genealogical Helper”, “Ancestry”, “Heritage Quest”, “Digital Genealogist” have all bitten the dust and are no longer with us actively although past issues can still be read.

So I have left my readers with a small list of some of the more remaining popular genealogy journals that are still published and are also in our collection.

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 Transcribing LDS Records Is Now Closed; Results Included; New Poll Coming Soon

Hi Everyone!

I have just closed the poll that you have seen on my blog since March 5, 2012.  If you have not voted in that poll,  you will have your chance with the new poll when it is made available.

Here are the results of the poll that asked the question:

“Have You Participated With FamilySearch As A Volunteer Transcriber Of Genealogical Records?”

  • 15 Responded “Yes, I Am Actively Transcribing”  (36.59%)
  • 4 Responded “Yes, I have Previously Participated, But I Am Currently Not Active”  (9.76%)
  • 22 Responded “No, I Have Never Volunteered To Transcribe Records  (53.66%)

So in a completely unscientific analysis, but fun nevertheless, it would appear that between those that are currently active and have also previously transcribed versus those that have never transcribed, we almost have a 50/50 result.  That indicates to me that a good portion of the researchers that responded have tried transcribing LDS records.  That is an admirable turnout!

In fact, that percentage may now be on the rise spurred by the recent release of the 1940 Census data, the LDS being one of the organizations working with volunteers to transcribe the 1940 Census data.

So if you were one of those that indicated they had not transcribed in my poll, perhaps now that the 1940 Census data is available you will want to reconsider and begin transcribing for that project so the indexed data comes out sooner than planned.  The more transcribers, the faster the data will be indexed!

I want to thank all of you that participated in my poll for expressing yourself.

I thoroughly enjoy seeing the responses to the questions I pose.  I hope all of my readers are enjoying looking at the results of my polls.  I sure would like to see even more participants provide their responses to my questions.

Maybe next poll will elicit a big turnout!

Thanks for your participation.  Enjoy the results.

I hope to get the new poll up shortly.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

New “Poll Archives” Page Created At Top Of The Blog

Hi Everyone!

The new “Poll Archives” page is now in place at the top of the blog.  Just click on the link for the page and you will be able to see both the current poll that is open as well as past polls that have been “closed out”. 

Within the archive you can see all of this material all in one place, especially if you have missed any of the past polls I have conducted before you started reading this blog.

As of today, there are only two polls there at this time since I just started my first poll only on November 25, 2011.  But over time this archive will grow!

Enjoy the “Poll Archives”.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library