What’s in a Name?

Ireland

My entry for the 13th edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture. Here is what this carnival is about. Share with us the surnames in your Irish family tree, but don't just stop there. Do a little research and tell us the origin of one or more of those surnames, the stories of how they … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Zalewski

According to the note for this photo, this is a picture of my grandfather, Richard Zalewski (middle), with his sister Irene to his left and Eugene Nowiski to his right. I don't know off-hand who Eugene Nowiski is, but it does look like he's ready to change someone's oil. Multiple people have said … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

Immanuel Cemetery, Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

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Tombstone Tuesday: As Irish As I Could Find

William Thompson

Well, it's St. Patrick's Day and I am without a true Irish headstone. I have a lot of Irish ancestors, but not a lot of headstone photos for them. Most of them passed away in mysterious, far away lands (like Canada.) This headstone of my 4th-great-grandfather will have to do for today. From my … [Read more...]

Found and Not Found

Click for larger image - John's stone is the small one on the right side, middle. Note the large gap to the left of it.

Since the weather started to get nicer here and the snow is mostly gone, I thought I'd tackle some research involving the cemeteries again. Two of my ancestors are known to have lived and died in the Port Washington, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin area, but I had yet to pinpoint their final resting … [Read more...]

Weekly History

Family History for the week of March 15 to March 21. March 17 1960 - Died - Angeline R (ZALEWSKI) PIERZCHALSKI - Also known as Amelia, she was my great-great-aunt on my father's side. She was born 6 Jul 1887 in Poland (noted as German Poland.) March 18 1678 - Married - Francois … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Firmenich Family

The only person I can correctly pick out of this image is my 3rd great-grandfather, Mathias Firmenich, in the back. I'm pretty sure the other two women are two of his daughters and the one on the left may possibly be my great-great-grandmother, Emma Jane Firmenich. I do like the caption, "lot of … [Read more...]