Sister Minnie

The eleventh person in my 52 week challenge is actually not an ancestor this week. During research on my THIELKE line, I decided to do some research on my great-great-grandfather Johann's siblings. I had a lot of luck with his sister, Minnie THIELKE. I originally ran across her name in the 1860 … [Read more...]

Visualizing the Tree

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Now that FamilySearch Family Tree is live and they also allow other programs to access that data on your behalf, we're able to do cool things with it. RootsMagic allows you to connect members of your local family tree database to FamilySearch Family Tree where you can copy data and sources back and … [Read more...]

Moving Pictures

Richard & Mary Jane Zalewski

I am slowly entering the realm of using video for genealogy. I literally just started my genealogy YouTube channel yesterday. I have two videos up there now, but they are just an old home movie and a slideshow I made awhile back. In most browsers, the following links to my videos should pop open a … [Read more...]

Where Did George Washington Go?

The tenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my wife's great-great-grandfather, George Washington SHANNON. George was born on September 11th, 1859 in the small town of Stockton in Portage County, Wisconsin. His parents were Nathaniel SHANNON & Rosina Winslow ARNOLD. He was the eighth child … [Read more...]

Remembering Grandpa

Richard & Mary Jane Zalewski

Today marks 15 years since my paternal grandfather, Richard Zalewski, passed away. His death was the first major death in my immediate family, so I remember taking it pretty hard even though he had been sick for awhile. I actually remember, pretty well, the last time I saw him and talked to him. … [Read more...]

The William Thompson

William Thompson

The ninth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my 4th-great-grandfather, William Henry THOMPSON.  With a name like William Thompson, how hard can it be to pinpoint him? This has been my trouble with William. I have records of him starting in 1850 once his family settled in Wisconsin, but before … [Read more...]

One-Armed Mystery

Anna (Huizel) Collins - unknown year

The eight ancestor is my 52 week challenge is my wife's paternal great-grandmother, Anna (HUIZEL) COLLINS. I'm not completely sure of the pronunciation of that surname, but I've heard both Oot-zuhl and Ooh-zuhl. Anna was born around July 1881 in what is today, Netolice in the Prachatice … [Read more...]

Tragedy on Bremen Street

Joseph Troka and his wife, Clara.

The seventh ancestor in my 52 Week Challenge is my paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph TROKA (pronounced like Truck-a). Joseph was born on 17 November 1871 in the town of Lipusz located in modern day Kościerzyna County, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland. His parents are listed as Michael … [Read more...]