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,  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

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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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Genealogical Research Course – Boston University

While life is very busy these days, I convinced myself to enroll for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Course. After I read several compelling reviews (particularly this one), I saw this course as an opportunity to dive deep into genealogy to learn the ins and outs.  While several other certificate courses exist, it appeared that some are not offered online or they’re more costly and not necessarily what I was looking for from a subject standpoint. I tend to focusing heavily on the exciting discovery of new information without necessarily documenting it properly.  To solve for this, the course will go through the detailed process from

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3 Tips To Help You Get Started On Your Family Tree

Building a family tree with stories and historical data will ultimately take a great deal of time. It is challenging, frustrating and exciting all at the same time. But in the end, that amazing feeling that you and your future generations will feel from really “knowing” your ancestors and what happened in the past to allow you to be here now, is indeed a gift that is “priceless”.  While you  may not have time to do in-depth research at the moment, you can get started and continue to do it over time. I’ve spoken with many people who are interested in

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We Are All One Race: Humanity

I came across this beautiful ad entitled “Poetry of DNA” for MyHeritageDNA featuring Prince Ea today.  He eloquently shares his thoughts on race after finding out his origins through a DNA test.  It makes you really think and reflect.  After seeing Middle Eastern roots in my results, as well as West African, I’ve begun to think about my ancestors who were from various places across the globe.  Ultimately piece by piece, they make up who we are today.  Interested in your own thoughts on the topic.  Feel free to comment.

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DNA Day Giveaway: Ancestry DNA Test!

In honor of DNA Day and the launch of my new blog here at Geni Journey, I’m giving away one free Ancestry.com DNA test.  Right now, they’re on sale for $79 (not including shipping) but the average price for this test is $99 + shipping.  Entries will close Friday, April 28th at 11:59 EST.  You must be a United States citizen.  This giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Ancestry.com. There are three ways to enter (the more you do, the more entries you get) Visit/Like Geni Journey on Facebook Follow Geni Journey on Twitter Comment below on

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DNA Testing – Which One Is For Me?

DNA testing is quickly growing in popularity.  Not only do these tests provide insight on your estimated ethnicity makeup, but they also enable you to connect to family members from across the globe.  I have personally tested with two DNA sites, imported my DNA file to a handful of others, and have witnessed some pros and cons of each. With DNA Day coming up on April 25th, I wanted to briefly share my experience with some of these services (more detailed blog posts to come) to enable you to decide which test may be for you.  I’m also listing the compelling deals

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