Climbing Down the Tree

itchys @ Flickr

After running out of gas on trying to find more online records about my great-great-grandfather, Frank Zalewski, and his brother, Jacob, I decided to work the other way. I've read about people making awesome discoveries by connecting with distant cousins and finding out that they have some amazing … [Read more...]

Arriving By Ship

Baltimore

The last few days I've been doing a lot of searching through old newspapers for hints of information, obituaries, articles, etc. On a whim, since my ZALEWSKI ancestors arrived in Baltimore, I decided to see which newspapers Google had from Baltimore. On a side note, as amazing as Google is at … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: TROKA

Troka Surname

This week's surname is from my paternal Polish ancestors. I've heard it pronounced both Troh-kuh and Truck-uh. The TROKA surname first shows up in my family tree with my great-grandmother, Emily (TROKA) ZALEWSKI. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1896. Her father, Joseph TROKA, was born in … [Read more...]

Single View: William Henry Thompson

1850 Census

I thought I'd take an Irish theme on the latest entry into my "Single View" post series since today is St. Patrick's Day. Though, there is some confusion to where this ancestor originally came from. William Henry THOMPSON was born sometime between 1810 and 1816 in either Ireland, England, or … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Where Did He Go?

Peter Muhm

For years I had lost track of my 3rd-great-grandfather, Peter MUHM. He and his wife, Ida (SCHAVANDIE) MUHM, lived in Wisconsin for many years. I tracked Ida to Langlade County, Wisconsin in 1934 where she finally rests at Elmwood Cemetery in Antigo. Where was Peter? Good question. I also couldn't … [Read more...]

Genealogy Habits, Attitudes and Origins Survey

I found a link to this over at Randy Seaver's Genea-Musings website. It's a link a survey about people's genealogy habits, attitudes and origins. According to the survey page, they plan to share the results with libraries, family history organizations or societies at no cost. I took the survey … [Read more...]

Gwiazdowski Connection

(After posting this I ran across some new info. Listed at the bottom.) I thought I would revisit the GWIAZDOWSKI connection in my family tree. As I mentioned in a previous post, Brick Wall Coming Down?, I ran across the GWIAZDOWSKI surname by searching for information I found in a short … [Read more...]

San Francisco 1906

This is a video from San Francisco supposedly taken only a few days before the 1906 earthquake and fire. It has been seen before, as it noted in the post over at BoingBoing, where I saw it, though this version is of much better quality. Also, the original video can be downloaded in high-quality … [Read more...]