Category Archives: Polls

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ever Watched An Episode Of The American Genealogy TV Show “Who Do You Think You Are?””; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that almost 2  months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since July 23, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Watched An Episode Of The American Genealogy TV Show “Who Do You Think You Are?”.

That poll question was sort of a trick one on my part.  But I thought I still had to ask it.  Genealogists I deal with all certainly seem to indicate to me that they watch the show and look forward to new episodes.  It almost sounded like a slam-dunk.  Who in genealogy does not watch the show?  Is that even possible that there are a substantial number of genealogists that have never watched an episode of this popular show?  That is why I asked!

The results of the poll showed the following from the 60 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers overwhelmingly show that 57 responses noted they had definitely seen at least one episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” (95%) while 3 responses indicated they have not watched an episode of the show (5%).

The show is almost coming to the end of its 8 episode season on The Learning Channel.  It was booted off NBC in May 2012 and found its way to The Learning Channel during the summer of 2013.  I also wanted to ask the poll during the time the “new” episodes were running on TLC.  The overwhelming “yes” results is sort of what I anticipated, but I still thought there would be even more than just 3 responses indicating they had not watched the show.  Oh well, remember these are not scientific polls!

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 12 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 Watched The American Genealogy TV Program “Who Do You Think You Are?”?; “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 Watched The American Genealogy TV Program “Who Do You Think You Are?”?  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

This popular TV program is making a brand new appearance on a different network since it has been off the air on NBC since May 2012.  So why not ask the question whether you have watched the show at any time?  Gee, maybe if you did not watch it in the past on NBC, that would explain why it got cancelled!  I am not putting a guilt trip on you!

Well you now have another chance to take a look at what has been a very popular show on TV.  It was surprising that NBC cancelled the show after 3 seasons on air in May 2012.  The ratings and popularity of the show seemed good.  The show is now coming back to TV with 8 new episodes starting Tuesday evening, July 23, 2013, at 8 PM Central Time on The Learning Channel (TLC) on Cable TV.

I believe the fact that it is coming back does in fact does speak to the popularity of the show and how well received and viewed it was by so many family historians.  It just needed a new home on a new network, new day of the week and new time for viewing.

You get to see popular stars, get a sense of the emotion of family history, see a little bit of the process of research and also get to often travel around the world with the stars as they make their discoveries all within 1 hour of viewing time!  Ah, the miracle of TV and  how things get so nicely wrapped up in such a short time!

Give me an idea as to whether you have ever watched the show previously when it had its run on NBC.  I would like to gauge from family historians whether you actually took the time to see one of the shows when it was on NBC.

“Yes” or “No”?

If “Yes”, you now get your program back on the air with new episodes for you to see.

If “No”, you now have a chance to start viewing the show that so many of us have become “hooked” on.  You will now  be both entertained and informed with the world of genealogy and popular stars!

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 Actively Collaborated Your Research With A Fellow Researcher On Some Common Family History Research?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that almost 2 1/2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since April 30, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Actively Collaborated Your Research With A Fellow Researcher On Some Common Family History Research?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 41 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 27 responses noted they had collaborated their Family History research (65.85%) with other researchers while 14 responses indicated they have not collaborated their Family History research (34.15%) with other researchers.

Collaborative research is a growing aspect of genealogy with all of the social media outlets that exist to facilitate such interaction.  The above poll results show a good majority that responded to the poll have in fact collaborated with other researchers.  Going it alone does not appear to be the way for researching family history.  Plus, you probably get to interact now with newly discovered cousins that share your same liking for family history.  The more the merrier!  Working with others simply puts numbers on your side to allow for the potential of more discoveries or the resolution of problems you have not been able to solve.

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 10 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 Actively Collaborated Your Research With A Fellow Researcher On Some Common Family History Research?”; “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.

“Are You Actively Collaborating With Other Researchers On Some Common Family History Research”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Researching “solo” had been the traditional method of research for many years probably because the technology that facilitated ease of communication did not exist.  Research of the 1980’s and earlier meant a lot of dedicated time to making calls, writing letters, visiting libraries and archives.  Cousins you knew of may have lived far from you and even communicating by phone at that time meant incurring “long distance” charges on your phone bill!  So you just did not readily have the ability to inexpensively communicate.

Then the Internet was born for general users in the early 1990s.  WOW!  An explosion of communicating was soon to take place, firstly by using e-mail.  If you had a computer and a cousin had a computer you could now bypass the post office and share information.  You could even add “cc” recipients or multiple direct recipients.  No longer were you going to incur postage charges, paper charges or envelope charges to connect with cousins.

Social Media was born.  Facebook.  Twitter.  YouTube.  Skype.

Our relatives and potential “collaborators” are now right at our fingertips, whether they live next door to you or half way around the world.  You can connect instantly through technology.

You can now feel more connected to “family” than ever before.  The more family members engage on solving family history problems, the more can be discovered and the more old problems can be put to rest in terms of research!

Have you connected with a “cousin”?  Are two of you or three of you or ten of you now working together to expand your family history research exponentially?

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 Uploaded Your Family History Research To Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb.com, Geni.com etc.?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that almost 2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since March 6, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question whether you have uploaded your Family History research to Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb.com, Geni.com etc.?

The results of the poll showed the following from the 34 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 24 responses noted they had uploaded their Family History research (70.59%) while 10 responses indicated they had not uploaded their Family History research (29.41%).

I will say, there were fewer respondents in this just closed poll than there were in the previous poll before this!  YIKES!  I don’t like to see DECLINING numbers.

I am still 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 10 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 Uploaded Your Genealogy Research To A Site Like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb.com, GENI.com etc.?”; “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.

“Have You Uploaded Your Genealogy Research To Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb.com, GENI.com etc.?”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Uploading your family history research to many of the popular online genealogy sites opens up the possibility for you to make connections to as yet unknown cousins who are probably searching online sites to make connections themselves.  You yourself are also probably searching these sites to make connections to unknown cousins.

These uploads provide you with the ability to be discovered and maybe even form collaborative relationships with these unknown cousins to increase even more of the family history you are researching.

Many may still feel a little squeamish about uploading material because you are now “out there”.  Being private does still have its benefits!  Being discovered can have some unplanned effects, many good, some bad.  But as they say “If you take no chance, you have no chance!”

What kind of researcher are you?  One who looks forward to new connections with total strangers each of whom shares the same family connections as you.  The more connections you make the happier you are!  The more the merrier!

Or are you still operating below the radar.  The horror stories are just too much to bear and the uncertainty of what could happen still makes you play on the sidelines!

Which one are you?

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 Registered For And Participated In A LIVE Online Genealogy Webinar ?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that almost 2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since January 15, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question whether you have ever registered for and participated in an online LIVE genealogy webinar?

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 11 responses noted they had participated in a LIVE online genealogy webinar (25%) while 33 responses indicated they had not participated in a LIVE online genealogy webinar (75%).

I personally have not participated in a LIVE online genealogy webinar, but I have looked at many, many recorded online webinars from a variety of sources such as FamilySearch, RootsTech, Legacy Family Tree etc.  So though I may not have gotten the immediate benefit of participating in a topic of interest to me in real-time when it is initially offered, I still find a way to learn from looking at previously recorded ones.

So to each their own on keeping informed and educated.  Participate immediately LIVE, or learn and participate when it is a month old!

So there you go.  A little bit more information to file away in your dusty archive vaults to compare your own experience to on participating in LIVE online genealogy webinars.

I will say, there were about  the same number of respondents in this just closed poll as there were in the previous poll before this!  Could it be the same interested readers responded to that poll as they did to this just recently closed poll!

I am still looking for a larger response than even that!  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 9 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