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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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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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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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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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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