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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Powerful New Ancestry.com Ad Unites Founding Fathers’ Descendants 

This powerful new ad for Ancestry.com [affiliate], features the descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  It furthers reminds us that we are all connected in many ways and today’s world is vibrantly and beautifully different than it used to be. Well done, Ancestry!

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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 (part 1). 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 (part 2) that enabled

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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 part of the story 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,

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