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...]

To the Motherland

Thanks to a higher amount of Polish records online and the help of some of the usual friendly genealogists (Thanks, Al and Rita!) I have traced a few of my Polish ancestors back to Poland. I now have the baptism location of my 3rd-great-grandparents, Ignatz Peter SZULTA and Nepomuncena SYLDATK. … [Read more...]

Fat Tuesday

Mmmm...Pączki

Fat Tuesday around here in Milwaukee, home to a large Polish heritage, is celebrated as Pączki Day. The most popular local bakery in the area, National Bakery and Deli, expects to sell 45,000 of them. A pączki is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Joe & Clara Troka

This is a photo of my great-great-grandparents, Joe & Clara (SZULTA) TROKA on their 50th wedding anniversary. The date of this photo would be somewhere around 29 Jan 1944 since they were married in 1894. They were married at St. Hedwig's Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There is a very nice … [Read more...]

Single View: Frank J Zalewski, Sr

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This is the first of my "Single View" posts. These will be entries on a specific individual (or possibly family.) I will put out as much detail as I have in hopes to find someone who may have more information. Not only will this help me get the info online, but it will also help me dig through the … [Read more...]

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...]

Weekly History

Family History for the week of March 15 to March 21. March 17 1960 - Died - Angeline R (ZALEWSKI) PIERZCHALSKI - Also known as Amelia, she was my great-great-aunt on my father's side. She was born 6 Jul 1887 in Poland (noted as German Poland.) March 18 1678 - Married - Francois … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Ignatius Szulta

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Today's headstone is that of my 3rd great-grandfather, Ignatius SZULTA. If you think his name is unique, you should see his wife's name, Nepomuncema SYLDAKT. Talk about a mouthful. My polish isn't very good, but I'm pretty sure his surname is pronounced like "Schulta." I don't even know where to … [Read more...]