Well, my Grandpa is doing much better now. My wife and I visited him in the hospital on Saturday and he was his old joking self. Hopefully, he’ll be coming home shortly.

I’ve been out of the “genealogy circuit” here for the last few weeks, so that’s why I’ve been slow on the posts. I’m working on getting more information that will allow me to post more often, even when I’m not actively researching since I don’t always have time to do family research.

For all of you genealogy bloggers out there, where do you find the inspiration and information to be able to post quite often even when not actively researching? I’d like some tips to help me get the ball rolling.

About Brian Zalewski

I started genealogy research about mid-1999. My grandfather had passed away in April of that year. Since then I’ve done a lot of research not only for myself, but for friends and other relatives. In 2006, I married the love of my life, Darcy, and welcomed the birth of our daughter, Aerissa Jean, in 2010 and our son, Xander Lee, in 2012. I can’t wait to tell them stories about all of their ancestors.

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Maps. Maps. Maps.

I started using the Google Maps system to plot some of my family’s locations awhile back, but I never got around to finishing it. Recently, I plotted most of the major Milwaukee locations for my family and it’s interesting to see how it looks once you know where things are. I’ve always had an idea, […]


  1. Royleen Newman says:

    Hi Brian,
    I’m a descendent of John Firmenich, brother of Mathias. Like you, I’ve become engrossed in our common ancestry. I have a quite extensive file on my branch of the family tree and have been able to locate some data on Mathias’ family in the past year or so, since we found that he settled in Ashland. I learned of his connection with this area last year when I stumbled on Paula DeTroy-Griepentrog while doing Internet research. I’m hoping that you’ll contact me so we can share family data and I can introduce John’s descendents to your branch of the family. For years my husband & I have developed our data as a reference for our children & grandchildren. Our current family tree file totals over 19,000 names and still growing. I’m hoping to hear from you soon. Royleen (Fermenick) Newman

  2. Hi Brian,

    Just ran across your blog today. I have two Zalewski’s in my file. My husband’s, step-mother and her father from Syracuse, NY. If you’d like to email me I can share the very little I have on them.

    As for your question about finding inspiration, the Carnival of Genealogy is a good place to start. Not only will you be given a topic but a deadline too, which I find helps me. Some of us pick up an interesting topic from other blogs and run with it. Sometimes I just post documents or family stories.