Wayback Wednesday: Irene & Richard

Richard & Irene

A photo of my grandfather, Richard ZALEWSKI, and his older sister, Irene.  My guess is that this photo is from 1925-26 as Richard looks to be 3 or 4 years old. … [Read more...]

Genealogy to Learn

With this week being about a month away from the birth of my baby daughter, it got me thinking about how she may or may not enjoy genealogy. I will have no hard feelings about it if she takes no interest in it. I know I probably would've snubbed my nose at it when I was a young'n. Though, this … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: St. Casimir’s School

St. Casimir's School

My Aunt and Uncle let me scan this photo from my grandfather's collection. It's a photo of his 8th grade class at St. Casimir's School in northeast Milwaukee in February 1936. As you can tell by the names, if you can see them, it was a very Polish-heavy area. I've magnified my grandfather's … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Wedding

Wedding

This is a photo from my grandmother's, Marge (DEBROUX) THIELKE's, wedding on August 28, 1948 in Port Washington, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin. She is being walked down the aisle by her father, my great-grandfather, Leon DEBROUX. Click for a larger version. … [Read more...]

Weekly History: August 22nd – 28th

Nathaniel Shannon

Weekly History for our family for this week. As always, you can find any date on the Dates & Anniversaries page. August 23rd 1714 - Married - Nathaniel SHANNON & Abigail VAUGHAN - Nathaniel and Abigail are my wife's 8th-great-grandparents on her mother's side. Nathaniel … [Read more...]

Weekly History: August 8th – 14th

Frank Zalewski

Important dates in our family history for this week. As always, you can find this info on the Dates & Anniversaries page. August 8th 1941 - Died - Frank J ZALEWSKI, Sr - Frank is my great-great-grandfather on my father's side. He was born somewhere in Germany or Poland on 4 … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Richard & Friends

Richard, Irene, Jerry Strelka

A photo of my grandfather, Richard Zalewski, in the middle with his sister Irene on the right and their cousin, Jerry Strelka, on the left. Based on the ages of Richard and Irene, I would estimate the date of this photo to be 1923 or so. It was more than likely taken in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. … [Read more...]

How to Find Purchased Land

I thought I would write a post on how to convert one of your ancestor's Land Records into an actual physical location. Right now, I only have the information on how to do this in Wisconsin with the resources that they have available. Other states may have these items available too. Your mileage may … [Read more...]