Black Friday/Cyber Monday DNA Deals!

If you’ve waited until Black Friday/Cyber Monday to do most of your shopping for the year, you’re in good company and you’ve made a smart move. Ancestry.com has their lowest DNA kit price I’ve ever seen at $59 per kit.  I’m scooping up a few of these myself for friends, relatives and blog giveaways. This offer is valid through Cyber Monday. Have a family member who is interested in researching their roots? Ancestry also has 50% off their subscriptions right now. More interested in testing with 23andMe?  Their regular DNA kit is $30 off today, while their health version is $50

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Thankful for My Badass Puritan Pilgrim Ancestors

The terms “badass” and “Puritan” probably shouldn’t go together but for this post, I’m daring to use them side by side. As we prepare our Turkey dinners and get ready to spend time with family and friends tomorrow, we reflect on what Thanksgiving truly means and how it all began.  In doing genealogical research this past year, I’ve discovered several ancestors who arrived to America in the 1600’s during what was referred to as The Great Migration. During this time, English Puritans arrived to The new world in hopes to free themselves of religious persecution and start anew with a like-minded

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Wednesday Wisdom: Facebook Groups For Genealogy

How do Facebook groups help you with genealogical research? Here’s how… For today’s Tuesday tip Wednesday Wisdom, I wanted to recommend a resource that many people are familiar with but may not consider for genealogical purposes – Facebook Groups. Facebook Groups have been an invaluable resource for many over the years for every topic such as Parenting, Medical Issues and now, genealogical research.  The most resourceful groups on Facebook often have a clean cut list of rules for engagement and have dedicated moderators who manage the conversation to make sure it’s on topic and stays friendly.  Several groups do require

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Our Dream Trip to Ireland to Explore Our Irish Roots

It’s been a couple of months since I traveled to the beautiful country of Ireland but the memories of the trip stay fresh in my brain.  While going through a difficult personal time, this trip served as a cathartic journey; one that I was able to take with my mother (who the trip was intended for), as well as my father. Ireland was like something out of a storybook.  I went through moments where I felt as though I went back in time…experiencing what many of my Irish ancestors experienced.  Of all of my world travels thus far, I’d have to

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Review of BU’s Genealogical Research Certificate Program

It’s been a little while since I’ve finished the program but the content is still fresh in my mind, so now is the perfect time to write a review with my experience.  I signed up for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate Program back in March or April of this year and began the class in May.  Luckily, I discovered a group for course participants (past and future) on Facebook and asked the group what to expect.  The group answered candidly and told me to expect to kiss my social life goodbye and explained that it would take anywhere from 30+

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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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