People Are Dying To Get In There

St. Francis-Borgia Cemetery

I have this fascination with cemeteries. It's nothing creepy or evil. Ever since I was young, I've always found them as mysterious and interesting, almost like looking directly into the local history. When I was younger, we used to sled down a large hill at our local cemetery in the winter (don't … [Read more...]

Been Around Awhile

I assume my great-great grandmother (whom also wins the award for the longest name in my family tree) Augusta Johanna Wilkelumire LUDKE has seen many things in her life. She was born in Prussia in July 1863, right smack in the middle of the American Civil War. A war which would shape the country she … [Read more...]

(Late) Sunday Photo: Mr. Firmenich

Firmenich

This has always been one of my favorite photos that I scanned from my grandmother's collection. This is Mathias Firmenich, my great-great-great grandfather on my father's side. From what I gathered from research and from obituaries, Mathias was born in Cologne, Germany, February 11, 1840. He came to … [Read more...]

Tanta

Well, I was going to write an article asking for some help, but I think I found my answer. When I was a kid, we used to visit my great grandmother (or who I thought was my great grandmother at the time.) As far as I can remember, we always called her "Tanta." I always thought this was her name, but … [Read more...]

Sunday Photo: Tom Corrigan Family

Tom Corrigan Family

Today's photo comes from my Irish roots, just in time for St. Patrick's day. The original photo is my grandmother's collection. This photo was taken in Ashland, Wisconsin, year unknown, but I'd guess around 1892 or so looking at the ages of the children. Based of the number of children in this … [Read more...]

The Toney Family

I've been doing a little research on my wife's family tree. Back into her paternal line, she is connected to the Toney family through her great-great grandmother, Idona Toney. This line is traced back a few generations through Wisconsin, Ohio, and finally Virginia. Fortunately, this family seems … [Read more...]

Sunday Photo: Zalewski Family and Others

Zalewski and Others

I'd thought I would try a weekly photo post since I have a good collection of photos and it may help spur a research idea. I got the idea from Miriam over at AnceStories. This week's photo is from my Zalewski collection. The original photo is my grandmother's collection. I'm not 100% sure who … [Read more...]

Where was my Y-DNA and mtDNA in 1808?

DNA

I saw a post over at The Genetic Genealogist about this and I thought it'd be interesting to check my information.Though, it's kind of a downer since I don't really know exactly where my Y-DNA or my mtDNA was in 1808. I can only trace my Zalewski line back to about 1858 with Frank J. Zalewski, in … [Read more...]