Across the Pond

Grudziądz, Poland

I had a Thursday off this past week, so I decided to visit one of the local Family History Libraries in the area. The last time I went I ordered some microfilm from the area that I had hoped my ZALEWSKI family originated. I was confused since they told me that it takes about six weeks for the … [Read more...]

Ireland Loses a Daugther

Richard & Mary Jane Zalewski

Mary Jane (Corrigan) Zalewski April 27, 1926 - August 10, 2011 Today we lost my grandmother, Mary Jane Zalewski, one of the world's biggest fans of Irish heritage. Born in Ashland, Wisconsin on April 27, 1926 along with her twin brother, Tommy, to Maurice & Agnes (Braatz) Corrigan. Story … [Read more...]

Johann Thielke

With the change in the way I built my "Everything I Know" sites, I added a new one. This one is about my maternal great-great grandfather, Johann THIELKE. This is the first one I've done on my maternal line. It's also actually the first one I've done with not a lot of information. The first two I … [Read more...]

Slownik Geograficzny

One of the things you need to do once you track down the origin of your Polish ancestors, is to search for an entry for the location in the Słownik geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów słowiańskich (or Geographic Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Moran Family

Charles Moran Family

This is a photo of my wife's great-great-grandparents, Charles & Emma (DIETER) MORAN, and three of their children. The child on the left is her great-grandfather, Fred MORAN, born in 1891. Basing the date off of the children, this photo was probably taken in about 1900. The other two children … [Read more...]

Follow Friday: Polish

Since I've done a lot of Polish/Prussian research this week, I'm going to point at some helpful resources and blogs. Al's Polish-American Genealogy by Al Wierzba This one has been on my blogroll for awhile, since Al posts useful Polish information and interesting tidbits on his blog. It … [Read more...]

Gottschalk!

Jakob Salewski

I've been on a roll this week finding information in unexpected places. Earlier it was the cemetery website and newspaper archives. Tonight, I went to the FamilySearch website to see what records they may have on Goczałki or Gottschalk, the area of Poland that I'm targeting in my latest … [Read more...]

Single View: William Henry Thompson

1850 Census

I thought I'd take an Irish theme on the latest entry into my "Single View" post series since today is St. Patrick's Day. Though, there is some confusion to where this ancestor originally came from. William Henry THOMPSON was born sometime between 1810 and 1816 in either Ireland, England, or … [Read more...]