Military Monday: William Dakins

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My wife's 3rd-great-grandfather, William J Dakins, passed away on April 18, 1916. He participated in the Civil War with Company 1, 17th Wisconsin Infantry and according to his obituary below, "he was with Sherman on the famous march to the sea and through the Carolinas and participated in many … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Frances Thompson

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I had the luck of finding a photo of my 4th-great-grandmother while doing some research on her descendant lines on Ancestry.com. I happened to see a photo of her daughter, Mary, with some other people. I clicked on it and saw that it said the name of the older woman was "Frances Thompson." I did a … [Read more...]

The 1940 Census Hunt Begins

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How can I go through this week without a post about the 1940 Census? The digital images were released on Monday, April 2nd free for everyone, though I personally never got to see them until late on Monday night. I don't think they expected as much traffic as they got on day one. I heard somewhere … [Read more...]

Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing

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I recently finished reading the wonderful book by Megan Smolenyak called Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing. I read another book she wrote a few years back, when DNA testing was still pretty new, called Trace Your Roots With DNA which was also very interesting. In the book, Megan goes over … [Read more...]

Solve One Mystery, Create Another

That seems to be how it always works, doesn't it? You finally solve a family research mystery and it just creates more mysteries. But, what fun would it be if we ran out of mysteries to solve? The story of how I solved one mystery late last night is somewhat interesting. I spent a few hours over … [Read more...]

The Unknown Marriage

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History and documentation has always hinted that my great-granduncle, Frank Zalewski, Jr, the brother of my great-grandfather, Joseph, never married, never had children. There was never any mention of a wife, anywhere, and he was buried with his parents, Frank & Anna, when he died in 1976.  I, … [Read more...]

Zalewski Project: Phase 1

The Zalewski Project is officially under way. During the last week, I started collecting data. I plan on collecting data from families with the ZALEWSKI surname, or something very similar. I decided against ZALESKI or variations during this first collection since that multiplies the amount of data … [Read more...]

Do You Know Anyone In It?

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In 27 days, on April 2nd, the sixteenth census of the United States, the 1940 US Census, will be released to the public. Due to privacy laws, the census reports are released to the public 72 years after they've been taken. The last one, the 1930 US Census, was released back in 2002. 1940 is not that … [Read more...]