Birth Location Pedigree

This little pedigree looks like it has been sweeping Facebook recently, so I thought I'd put one together on my family. I first saw it on my feed from Miriam at AnceStories. If it's hard for you to view that whole image, you can also view it via Google Sheets here. It was neat to see all … [Read more...]

Unknown Photos

One of the things I received from my grandparent's house within the last few years is an album full of very old, but unlabeled photos. While on one hand, it's awesome. The photos are in great condition and there are dozens of them. On the other hand, I have no idea who these people are. Most people … [Read more...]

I am a Cousin!

AJ Jacobs made some headlines inside and outside of the genealogy community back in 2014-15 by setting out to have a Global Family Reunion. His mission is to connect everyone in the world to each other in one human family tree. He wrote a bit about it in a NY Times article. On WikiTree, you can … [Read more...]

Solidifying the French-Canadian Line

I haven't spend a lot of time on my personal family tree in awhile. I always seem to work on the same people over and over, which is fine, but if you keep hitting that same brick wall sometimes you get discouraged and take a break. Instead, I have decided to do more work on my French-Canadian … [Read more...]

Off To War

I've begun to start transcribing a lot of the documents that I have collected over the years. I'm starting on the letters that my grandfather, LeRoy Thielke, wrote home during World War II. The first letter I grabbed was the one he wrote to his mother when he was being shipped off to Europe. It's … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Being Without Grandparents

With the death of my maternal grandfather this week, I hit one of those sad life milestones. I now have no more living grandparents, and it's an odd feeling. I was fortunate to have all four of my grandparents throughout most of my life. I got to spend time with all of them. My children also got to … [Read more...]

Take Care, Grandpa

LeRoy Arthur Thielke 16 November 1925 - 1 November 2015 Today we lost a wonderful, hard-working, funny man, my grandfather, LeRoy Thielke. Growing up, he was one of the funniest people I knew, and his wit and sense of humor was still sharp until the end. The bright side is that he wasn't without … [Read more...]

Revisiting the Connection

The other day I happened to run across the Digital Collections of the Milwaukee Public Library. As any genealogist does, I got lost in it for an hour or so. I then found their WWI Military Portrait collection and searched for "Zalewski." I found entries for my great-grandfather, Joseph Frank … [Read more...]