Dusty Old Letters

When I bought my house in 2005, I ended up purchasing my grandparent's house. My grandpa had passed away in 1999 and my grandma was moving into an assisted living apartment since she hurt herself in a little fall. I did get a very nice deal on the house. It's perfect "starter" house, being the house … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Maurice Corrigan

Maurice Corrigan

Maurice is my great-grandfather. Photo owned by my grandmother, Mary Jane (Corrigan) Zalewski. … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Frances Thompson

Claude-Françoise "Frances" (Quinet) Thompson

This week's tombstone is that of my gggg-grandmother, Frances Thompson. I'm happy about this headstone since no one had a photo of it or a location for it. My wife and I drove an hour or so up to Wrightstown and checked the few cemeteries and found it, along with her husband. … [Read more...]

Depression-era Diary meets Twitter

Here is a neat idea. Someone had found an old diary from a family member that was written as a small sentence a day. It turned out to be perfect for a twitter account. It's a very cool idea where old meets new. Late last year, my family found a line-a-day diary maintained by my great-aunt from 1937 … [Read more...]

Paved Paradise

So, here are some strange cemeteries. I ran across a link to this post titled Paved Paradie: Cemeteries in Parking Lots via BoingBoing.net. Once sacred ground, it's now a conspicuous patch of grass in a sea of asphalt, a quirky spectacle to the shoppers forced to drive around it on their way to … [Read more...]

Carnival of Genealogy: Happy Dance

Weee!

This Carnival of Genealogy has to do with "The Happy Dance. The Joy of Genealogy. Almost everyone has experienced it. Tell us about the first time, or the last time, or the best time. What event, what document, what special find has caused you to stand up and cheer, to go crazy with joy? If you … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Braatz Family

Braatz Family, undated (approx. 1913), Agnes Braatz is my great-grandmother (top-left)

Photo in possession of my grandmother, Mary Jane Zalewski. … [Read more...]

Forest Home Cemetery

I thought I'd do my first post on my favorite cemetery, Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee. Just the sheer size and history behind this cemetery makes it a great place. It's an unusual peaceful place within the Milwaukee city limits and is full of Milwaukee history. The photo at the top of the site … [Read more...]