Interview

Interview

I am hoping to spend some time interviewing my living grandparents. Obviously, I guess, though I would love to be able to talk to my late Grandpa Zalewski again. I have tons and tons of factual data; dates, times, places, etc. What I don't have a lot of are stories and first-hand accounts. My … [Read more...]

Weekly Photo: Dressed up!

Emily Troka (Middle)

The only woman I know in this photo (as was noted on it) is my great-grandmother, Emily (Troka) Zalewski, in the middle. I'm not sure who the other two women are since it's not noted on the photo. This photo, again, is in my grandmother's collection. I never got to meet Emily, though neither did … [Read more...]

People Are Dying To Get In There

St. Francis-Borgia Cemetery

I have this fascination with cemeteries. It's nothing creepy or evil. Ever since I was young, I've always found them as mysterious and interesting, almost like looking directly into the local history. When I was younger, we used to sled down a large hill at our local cemetery in the winter (don't … [Read more...]

Been Around Awhile

I assume my great-great grandmother (whom also wins the award for the longest name in my family tree) Augusta Johanna Wilkelumire LUDKE has seen many things in her life. She was born in Prussia in July 1863, right smack in the middle of the American Civil War. A war which would shape the country she … [Read more...]