The Great Grandfather That Never Was: Otto Stanley

At an early age, I was adopted by my step-father. I never knew my biological father. Growing up I heard stories about him, but I wondered more about his family than about my father himself. While I have only met him once (that’s a story for another day), I am getting to know more about his ancestors. My paternal great grandfather’s name was Otto Stanley. Otto left behind a wife, Emma (Snow) Stanley, and son, Charles Stanley, when Charlie was very young. After emigrating from Canada to the Boston area, Otto fled to Michigan. During my research, I found another

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UPDATE – Personal Changes, Trip to Ireland & More

It’s been rather quiet here in Geni Journey land.  You see, I started this blog excitedly with a plan to share my passion for genealogy and help others get started on their own journey.  Around the same time I launched this blog, I also decided to pursue my Certificate in Genealogical Research through Boston University. The class was rewarding, challenging and time-consuming (took anywhere from 30-50 extra hours a week over the summer) but did pull me away from the blog a bit. Shortly after completing the course, I had to make some difficult life-changing personal decisions and moved from

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Big News for Index Volunteers (or Those Who Are Interested in Starting)

I just received a notification of some big news (indexing-wise). Months ago, I wrote a post about the various ways you can volunteer some of your time by helping transcribe and index old records that are not yet available on the internet. It’s a great way to get acquainted with older records, improve your ability to read them and help current and future generations of family history researchers.  Up until now, FamilySearch.org offered an indexing program but it required the download of a separate program to participate.  What I love about Family Search is that it’s volunteer-run and free for

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Reflections: Now vs History

Now vs History This is by no means a political blog, nor do I intend for it to be, but I felt the need to write a reflective post as my heart and mind have been heavy over the past 24 hours 7+ months. In researching my family history and that of others, and seeing history being written today, I must speak up. I’m an Independent.  Sure, I’m rather socially liberal but conservative in many other ways.  I don’t believe in “sides”.  I believe in individual beliefs that are formed by one’s own mind vs the siding of an entire party’s

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The Great Grandfather That Never Was: Otto Stanley

I’m not sure how to start this post but I’ve been mulling over what I’ve learned recently and thinking about the impact of it all and how it has eventually lead to me. At a young age, I was adopted by my step-father.  I never knew my father and had heard stories about him growing up but wondered more about his background and his family, more than him himself.  While I have met him once (that’s quite the story for another day), I am getting to know more about his ancestors than he likely ever will.  For instance, my great grandfather who

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My Interview on this Week’s Extreme Genes Podcast

Happy Monday! I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to be interviewed on my favorite genealogy podcast – Extreme Genes.  My friend David Allen Lambert from the New England Genealogical Historical Society was kind enough to highlight GeniJourney.com in last week’s episode and this week, they asked me to come on the show!  I rambled a bit (hey, it’s not every day I’m on a podcast) but was excited to talk about some of the interesting and unusual discoveries I had found while researching my great-grandfather Otto Stanley.  You can listen in by playing the video below (you can catch

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Deep DNA Discounts: AncestryDNA & FamilyTreeDNA

Thank you again to all who entered the AncestryDNA kit giveaway here on the blog.  I know that costs of these tests can be sometimes be prohibitive for many, but as they grow in popularity, the pricing and sales for these tests get better and better!  I have yet to write a post simply on sales but these sales are too good not to. AncestryDNA is traditionally $99 but recently, they’ve been selling them on sale for $79.  Now, they’re sweetening the deal by bringing back their lowest (Black Friday) price of $69.  This promotion starts tomorrow, August 6th and ends August

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Congratulations to the Winner of the AncestryDNA Kit Giveaway!

Thank you to all who entered the latest AncestryDNA giveaway here on GeniJourney.com. We had quite a few entries and I’m happy to announce the winner: Be on the lookout for another giveaway soon.  In the meantime, if you don’t feel like waiting, you can order an AncestryDNA kit of your own.  Click on the banner below. When I purchased these kits for family members, they were $99, but now they’re currently on sale for $79 – $20 off. Thank you to Ancestry for the opportunity to share my love for genealogy and for providing this free kit to give

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AncestryDNA Kit Giveaway!

*This post contains affiliate links* Today is the perfect day for an AncestryDNA kit giveaway!  Why? I’m spending my free time this summer (crazy, I know) in an intensive genealogical research program and today, the Forensic Genealogy portion of the course starts.  I can’t wait to combine my genealogical research knowledge with DNA forensics, since I’m passionate about both. As mentioned last week, I’m partnering with Ancestry.com to give away one of their fantastic DNA kits (provided to me for free).  I’ve been a paying member of Ancestry.com since 2011.  I sprung for a DNA kit last year and have

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Sneak Peak: A new Ancestry DNA Kit Giveaway

In honor of DNA Day and the launch of my new blog, I gave away an Ancestry DNA kit back in April. It was a great feeling to be able to give the gift of DNA testing and I’m happy to be able to do it again; only this time with Ancestry’s help. They’ve provided me with some DNA kits; one which I’ll be giving away within the next week or so. Be on the lookout for a more detailed announcement soon!

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Review: MyHeritage Ethnicity Results

MyHeritage is an interesting contender in the genealogical space as the site has been around for quite a few years. Unlike Ancestry DNA [affiliate] and 23andMe, MyHeritage is rather new to the DNA component of genealogy and therefore (in my opinion) has a few kinks to work out before being considered a major player. The great news about MyHeritage is that you are able to import your raw DNA file from other sites into their site and receive additional DNA matches – for free! While that feature was a bit clunky when it first rolled out (I received a ton of

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