Category Archives: Polls

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

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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

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ordered A Microfilm Reel Using The Online Ordering Process Through FamilySearch.org (Mormon Website)?”; 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 November 3, 2014.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ordered A Microfilm Reel Using The Online Ordering Process Through FamilySearch.org (Mormon Website)”?

The results of the poll showed the following from the 47 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 19 responses (40.43%) noted they have ordered films through the online order process with FamilySearch   while 28 responses (59.57%) indicated they have not ordered any films through the online process with FamilySearch.

I am actually surprised at the rather high number of “Yes” responses indicating individuals have ordered microfilms through the online process with FamilySearch for their research.  I was actually thinking that maybe even fewer individuals might have ordered films than what the results show.  Microfilms are still very important and if you realize data is not available online but is available on films, then you order the film to move your research forward.

Do not exclude using microfilms if data is available only that way.

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 19 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 Your Ordered A Microfilm Reel Using The Online Ordering Process Through FamilySearch.org (Mormon Site)?”; “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  Ordered A Microfilm Reel Using The Online Ordering Process Through FamilySearch.org (Mormon Site)?”  Yes or 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 “Has Your Genealogy Research Uncovered Any “Famous” Or “Infamous” Ancestors?”; 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, 2014.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Has Your Genealogy Research Uncovered Any “Famous” Or “Infamous” Ancestors?”

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 19 responses (50%) noted they have discovered “famous” or “infamous” ancestors  while 19 responses (50%) indicated they have not discovered any “famous” or “infamous” ancestors in their research.

A dead heat!

I am actually surprised at the high number of “Yes” responses indicating individuals discovered “famous” or “infamous” ancestors in their research.  Maybe I am biased because I do not think I have made any discoveries of these kind of ancestors, other than a few that had a run-in with the law!  No Presidents or Generals or Kings for me! (of course maybe my deep Polish ancestry might yet still connect to a King or two just waiting for my discovery!!).

I guess what is my definition of “famous” or “infamous” might not be your definition of the same term as you relate it to your ancestral discoveries.  Maybe the uncertainty of such a clear-cut interpretation might have contributed to the 50/50 response that I saw.

Glad I left this poll so not exact and left it to your imagination to determine the “famousness” or “infamousness” of your own ancestors.

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 18 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; “Has Your Genealogy Research Uncovered Any “Famous” Or “Infamous” Ancestors?”; “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.

“Has Your Genealogy Research Uncovered Any “Famous” Or “Infamous” Ancestors?”  Yes or 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 Ever Hired A Professional Researcher To Help With Your Genealogy Research?”; 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 16, 2014.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Hired A Professional Genealogist To Assist You With Your Research?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 37 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 6 responses (16.22%) noted they have used the services of a professional researcher while 31 responses (83.78%) indicated they have not used the services of a professional researcher.

I am not actually surprised at the high number of “No” responses indicating individuals have not used the services of a professional researcher to help with their research.  As individuals, we all like to keep plugging away with our own efforts at uncovering our lineage.  That is good because we become more knowledgeable of the resources as we use them in our searches.  However, sometimes we think the next effort we make will be the one that will allow us to overcome our brick wall in research.  Sometimes we are “penny wise and pound foolish”.

We should maybe make a quicker consideration to utilize a professional when we are stuck.  It is not that uncommon that a professional can get us past our brick wall quickly allowing us to pick up the research trail after that.  The professional can also tap into non-internet resources that may very well contain the answer to our problem.  If a researcher only thinks of internet resources then more and more brick walls might become routine.  A professional knows that non-internet sources are routinely utilized in their professional research efforts.

So for now you might not now have used a professional.   However, hiring a professional is something to consider.  This will allow you to break through your brick walls and pick up your research successes on your own again once the brick wall has been overcome.  Keep your options open to consider hiring a professional rather than to keep butting your head against that hard brick wall!

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 17 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