Tombstone Tuesday: Augusta Last

Augusta (Luedtke) Last

Headstone of Augusta Johanna Wilkelumire (Luedtke) Last. She wins for having the longest name of my ancestors and for living the longest. Augusta died just shy of two weeks past her 100th birthday. I posted about an article in the local paper mentioning her 100th birthday. The headstone is … [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...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Zalewski Family

Zalewski Family Stone

This week's (and my first) Tombstone Tuesday is the one that helped me start my genealogy research. The first Zalewskis that came to America, Frank & Anna (Lindner) Zalewski. Their son Frank is also buried here with them. The headstone is located in Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum in … [Read more...]

Graveyard Rabbits

Update: Thanks to Julie from GenBlog, I have now applied for a membership. I also set up my website for this. It's located here. Enjoy. I've run across some of the Graveyard Rabbits websites and I think it's a neat idea. I had a similar-type site a few years ago for cemeteries in the area. I … [Read more...]

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...]

Centuries of Wear

It's been a little slow on the genealogy home front these last few weeks, though I did find some new headstones when I went to look for a few new ones in Port Washington's Union Cemetery. I had originally went to find the headstone of Herman Rathke and more than likely his wife, also. This would … [Read more...]

Cemetery Research

Wow, it's been a week. It sure seemed to go quickly. I didn't get to much family research in the last week, but I did visit my local library and checked out some of their genealogy items. The first book I checked out was "Your Guide to Cemetery Research" by Sharon Debartolo Carmack. It was one of … [Read more...]

Remains of the Unknown

Remains of four people that were found about a decade ago in my home town, while adding on to a local church, were finally laid to rest this week. According to the news article about this, they are believed to be over 100 years old. Over the last decade, they've been trying to figure out who these … [Read more...]