Sunday in the Attic

Joseph Zalewski

One of the big mysteries I am trying to solve in my genealogy is to find more information on my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski's, military history. According to a previous family researcher, all of his military files were burned in the extremely destructive 1973 National Personnel Records Center … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

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This photo was found in my grandmother's collection and labeled "great-grandparents Braatz" which should make this couple, Wilhelm & Maria (KLEGIN) BRAATZ, my 3rd-great-grandparents on my father's side. The child is not labeled, but I'm assuming it's my great-great-grandfather, Frank BRAATZ, … [Read more...]

The Color Yellow

Even "The Simpsons" are getting on the genealogy bandwagon in their latest episode, "The Color Yellow" where Lisa traces her genealogy to try to find at least one noble ancestor. If you don't see the video, you can watch it here. … [Read more...]

Weekly History: February 21 – 27

February 22 1890 - Died - William Henry THOMPSON - William is my 4th-great-grandfather on my father's side. Unfortunately, I'm not exactly sure where and when he was born. The census and other records span from 1810 to 1816 and mention England, Ireland, and Scotland. He married Francis QUINET in … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]

Follow Friday

Here are some good posts and links I ran across in the last week. Dan Curtis gives you some helpful steps on how to handle and preserve you old, historic photos. I've been doing stuff with old photos lately, so this will be helpful. Dean at Genlighten has a geeky post about Genealogy sites and … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

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The lady at the left is my great-great-grandmother, Anna (LINDNER) ZALEWSKI. There is no year on the photo, but it is before 1939 when Anna passed away. Maybe someone can tell from the car in the back. The remaininge two individuals were not noted on the photo, but I'm pretty sure the other lady is … [Read more...]

Fat Tuesday

Mmmm...Pączki

Fat Tuesday around here in Milwaukee, home to a large Polish heritage, is celebrated as Pączki Day. The most popular local bakery in the area, National Bakery and Deli, expects to sell 45,000 of them. A pączki is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with … [Read more...]