One Billion Graves

St. Francis-Borgia Cemetery

I ran across a website recently that is a really clever idea. I know I've stumbled upon it before, but for some reason I never stayed. Now I'm hooked. BillionGraves.com is a site, similar is some ways to Find-A-Grave. To be honest, while I love Find-A-Grave and I will always use it, its age is … [Read more...]

Happy Memorial Day!

Richard Zalewski

Richard Zalewski, circa 1940, US Navy. … [Read more...]

The Family Grows

Baby #2

Now that close friends and family have been notified, it's time to let the rest of the world know. My wife, Darcy, and I are now expecting our second child in December of this year. I think Aerissa will really enjoy having a younger sibling to play with. She's keeps us pretty busy. I'm happy with … [Read more...]

The Zalewski Project is Live

Since I do have some data collected for my The Zalewski Project website, I decided to launch it in a "beta test" state. It's very basic looking and it only has data from the 1880 and 1900 US Census records, but it all can be browsed by city. I am currently working on the 1910 US Census and will … [Read more...]

Zalewski Project Update

Here is another update on the previously-mentioned Zalewski Project I've been slowly working on. I have collected the data from the 1880 US Census and the 1900 US Census and have created systems for it to allow you to view the data. I'm just working on making it "pretty" so it's somewhat easy to … [Read more...]

Military Monday: William Dakins

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My wife's 3rd-great-grandfather, William J Dakins, passed away on April 18, 1916. He participated in the Civil War with Company 1, 17th Wisconsin Infantry and according to his obituary below, "he was with Sherman on the famous march to the sea and through the Carolinas and participated in many … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Frances Thompson

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I had the luck of finding a photo of my 4th-great-grandmother while doing some research on her descendant lines on Ancestry.com. I happened to see a photo of her daughter, Mary, with some other people. I clicked on it and saw that it said the name of the older woman was "Frances Thompson." I did a … [Read more...]

The 1940 Census Hunt Begins

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How can I go through this week without a post about the 1940 Census? The digital images were released on Monday, April 2nd free for everyone, though I personally never got to see them until late on Monday night. I don't think they expected as much traffic as they got on day one. I heard somewhere … [Read more...]