Tell Me Thursday: Zalewski

According to the note for this photo, this is a picture of my grandfather, Richard Zalewski (middle), with his sister Irene to his left and Eugene Nowiski to his right. I don't know off-hand who Eugene Nowiski is, but it does look like he's ready to change someone's oil. Multiple people have said … [Read more...]

Found and Not Found

Click for larger image - John's stone is the small one on the right side, middle. Note the large gap to the left of it.

Since the weather started to get nicer here and the snow is mostly gone, I thought I'd tackle some research involving the cemeteries again. Two of my ancestors are known to have lived and died in the Port Washington, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin area, but I had yet to pinpoint their final resting … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Firmenich Family

The only person I can correctly pick out of this image is my 3rd great-grandfather, Mathias Firmenich, in the back. I'm pretty sure the other two women are two of his daughters and the one on the left may possibly be my great-great-grandmother, Emma Jane Firmenich. I do like the caption, "lot of … [Read more...]

Two More

I received a new marriage certificate copy in the mail today for what I suspected was my gg-grandparents, Johann THIELKE and Wilomene RATHKE. It was listed on the Wisconsin Vital Records site as Hans J M THIELK, but the spouse and dates matched up. It turns out that Hans can be used as a shortened … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: 3 generations

This is one of the newest photos I was able to scan. I finally got some photos from my mother's side and this one was a good one since it has 3 generations back starting from my grandparents. This was taken in 1948 on my grandparent's wedding day. The names from left to right: my gg-grandather … [Read more...]

Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces

Getting the idea from Julie at GenBlog, here is my list of most wanted names, places and faces. Names Places Zalewski Milwaukee, Wisconsin Poznan, Poland Thielke Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin Württemberg/Mecklenburg, Germany Last Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin Doeringshagen, … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Peter Thielke

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Peter THIELKE was my 3rd-great-grandfather on my mother's side. Peter came to America with his wife Marie (maiden name unknown) sometime between 1854 and 1856. I figured this since their son Charles "Fritz" was born in 1854 in Germany and their son Herman was born in Wisconsin in 1856. Their second … [Read more...]

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...]