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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Free Resource Friday: Library of Congress

For this Free Resource Friday post, I’m recommending the Library of Congress.  Prior to taking my Genealogical Research class, I had a shortlist of favorite resources to tap into and that short list has now turned into about 20 pages worth of incredible resources that I look forward to sharing over time. Through this class, I became aware of the Library of Congress site as a key resource. I’m sure for any established genealogist, this site is a no-brainer in terms of the top sites to access, but for everyone else – I wanted to share in case it hasn’t fallen

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Tuesday Tip: Genealogy Volunteering

Since I’ve been tied up with the class I’m currently taking, I’ve admittedly been slacking in the blog department. I wanted to make sure to share a tip for this week. What better way to get acquainted with genealogical terms and processes than to participate in genealogy volunteering? I have been volunteering my time for genealogy causes for about a year now and it has helped me in many ways. Here are a few ways to get involved: Records Transcription: With organizations scanning thousands of original documents every day, there is a great need for transcription services. Transcribing consists of

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A Chapter Closed – Otto & His Final Resting Place

I’ve had my head in the books for the past week straight and Geni Journey has taken a back seat. The Boston University Genealogical Research class is a challenging but rewarding experience and I look forward to sharing so much of what I’ve learned here.  In the meantime, I wanted to post this timely update: Over the past few weeks, I wrote about my great grandfather and his “interesting” story.  I reviewed the questions I had about who he was, where he was buried and more. I then discovered (and wrote about) some unfavorable info that enabled me to see

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Update: Otto Stanley Mystery

It’s crazy how quickly a situation can progress.  Since writing last week about my great grandfather (you can read the first by clicking here) and the questions that lingered around who he was, where he was buried and his other children, I’ve received a great deal of information that helps fill in the gaps. One of the existing cousins that I had recently been in touch with had dug around to find two photos of Otto.  One of him at the retirement home (at 97 years old) where he apparently lived for over 9 years before passing and another, with his second family

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Free Resource Friday: GEDMatch for DNA Matches

Have you or anyone you know already taken a DNA test through any of the major DNA testing sites such as Ancestry [affiliate], 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA or more? If you have already taken the test and are still looking for more DNA matches, GEDMatch is one of the best free tools out there to help you find family members who have chosen to conduct their DNA test through a service other than the one you chose.  If you haven’t taken a test, consider reading this article to help you find out which DNA test is for you.   Typically, if you’ve tested with Ancestry,

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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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Free Resource Friday: Archive.org

In my last article, I mentioned FamilySearch.org as a fantastic free source of information, so thought I’d include another great resource to use to dig up some information.  As you first begin genealogy, the many free resources available online are a great place to start before you invest. One of the best resources I’ve found has been Archive.org.   This site describes itself as a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. From a genealogy perspective, it pulls from a plethora of available historical online resources that have been digitized, indexed and are searchable.  While this is something you

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