Ancestor Approved

Thanks for everyone who sent me an “Ancestor Approved” award.

In recognition for receiving this award, I will follow the directions and list ten things about my ancestors that have “inspired, surprised, humbled, or enlightened me and to then pass the award along to ten other bloggers whom I feel are doing their ancestors proud.” Though, I will not be passing it along to ten other bloggers since almost everyone I read has already received the award, but thank you to everyone.

  1. As always, humbled by many of my ancestors for their courage and faith in leaving their homeland to come to a different country on the other side of the world.
  2. Surprised at some of the chance moments that came to be for my ancestors to meet and fall in love.
  3. Humbled by my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski, who between 1939 and 1941 lost his mother, his wife, and then his father.
  4. Inspired by many of my ancestors who worked extremely hard everyday just to keep food on the table for their families.
  5. Surprised about how closely-located all of my ancestors are. They go back many generations in this local area, or at least in Wisconsin.
  6. Also, surprised that I have no (as far as I know) English ancestry. (Though, I do have Irish and possibly Scottish)
  7. Humbled by my veteran ancestors who risked their lives for this country in the Civil War, World War I, and World War II and who knows how many wars in the past.
  8. Enlightened by the jobs and skills my ancestors possessed. Sometimes they had to learn many things to survive.
  9. Humbled to know that everything that my ancestors did in their lives all add up to me. If one thing were different, no matter how good or bad it was, I would not be here typing this.
  10. Inspired by my ancestors to pass on their legacy and stories through my genealogy and this website.

Thanks again to Laura Ann at Dreaming About Home, Theresa at Tangled Trees, Julie at GenBlog, and Miriam at Ancestories for giving me this award.

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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Remembering Grandpa

Today marks 15 years since my paternal grandfather, Richard Zalewski, passed away. His death was the first major death in my immediate family, so I remember taking it pretty hard even though he had been sick for awhile. I actually remember, pretty well, the last time I saw him and talked to him. My girlfriend, […]