Ich bin [insert clever genealogy item here]

German Beer

The largest group that has affected my ancestry, and also the state as a whole, is the German culture. Every part of my family tree is somehow touched by this ethnicity. My maternal grandfather is almost 100% German and my maternal grandmother (who lives and breathes Irish culture) is closer to … [Read more...]

Where did I put my clogs?

Dutch Clogs

  Another culture that helped shape Wisconsin into what it is today is the Dutch culture. I may throw in some Belgian stuff, also, since my family crosses into both and the history also crosses into both. My maternal grandmother's ancestors were mostly Dutch and Belgian (though she's the … [Read more...]

mill-e-wah-que

Yes, Pete, it is. In fact , it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land." - Alice Cooper, Wayne's World Most of the paternal side of my family tree, more specifically my paternal grandfather's side, came to and lived in Milwaukee's Polish Community. They all came about … [Read more...]

Milwaukee and Wisconsin

Milwaukee

When trying to think of some things to write about on a constant basis, I browsed some other genealogy blogs out there and got a cool idea. Now, it may be tough to post about my genealogy research and history of the Zalewski name multiple times a week. I thought, why not write some posts about the … [Read more...]

Mr. Goulet, I presume?

Celebrity genealogy connections are a fun thing to unearth. I don't put this into my research as a priority, but sometimes it's fun to run across. It makes sense that the farther you go back in generations, the more people you are "related" to, including celebrities. There are a few sites that … [Read more...]

Ancestry DNA

As the news mentioned last week, Ancestry has opened it's DNA area. I've been a user on Ancestry for many years and I also have become involved in Genetic Genealogy via the National Geographic study and also Family Tree DNA. So, I was more than happy to test our Ancestry's system. It was easy to … [Read more...]

Updates

Well, my Grandpa is doing much better now. My wife and I visited him in the hospital on Saturday and he was his old joking self. Hopefully, he'll be coming home shortly. I've been out of the "genealogy circuit" here for the last few weeks, so that's why I've been slow on the posts. I'm working on … [Read more...]

Grandpa T

Well, not-so-good news today... My grandpa on my mother's side is in the hospital. He went in for what I think was quadruple-bypass surgery and at first he was doing well and starting to wake up. But, I got word earlier this evening that he took a slight turn for the worst when his body probably … [Read more...]