Moving Pictures

Richard & Mary Jane Zalewski

I am slowly entering the realm of using video for genealogy. I literally just started my genealogy YouTube channel yesterday. I have two videos up there now, but they are just an old home movie and a slideshow I made awhile back. In most browsers, the following links to my videos should pop open a … [Read more...]

Remembering Grandpa

Richard & Mary Jane Zalewski

Today marks 15 years since my paternal grandfather, Richard Zalewski, passed away. His death was the first major death in my immediate family, so I remember taking it pretty hard even though he had been sick for awhile. I actually remember, pretty well, the last time I saw him and talked to him. … [Read more...]

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

As they always say, "Better late than never." I've seen the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" challenge across the genealogy blogger community during the past few months and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to carve out time to do it. Than I thought that since it was only once a week and I know it will … [Read more...]

RootsTech Videos on Your Smartphone

I'm looking forward to watching all of the available RootsTech videos from this year's conference, but the only time I really get to watch something on my own is when I'm going to bed and I do it on my smartphone. I was disappointed to see that the videos embedded on the RootsTech website were using … [Read more...]

Five Generations of Photos

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Achievement unlocked! With a small collection of photos that my mom gave me to look through and scan from her side of the family, I now have photos of every one of my ancestors five generations back to my great-great grandparents. That's pretty impressive, at least I think so, compared to my wife's … [Read more...]

Grandpa in World War II

LeRoy Thielke

Over the last few months I've put together a lot more information about what my grandfather did in World War II. As previous posts mention, he never really talked about the war, not even to my mom. Though, he has kept a lot of items from the war and I guess he was starting to put together a map … [Read more...]

Frank’s Interactive Timeline

Frank Zalewski

I've been playing with an open source tool called Timeline JS that builds a visually-rich, interactive timeline based on whatever data I tell it to use. One of the options it has is to use data from a Google Docs spreadsheet. Add that ability along with their option to embed one right from their … [Read more...]

Ancestry Composition

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I received an email the other day from 23andMe letting me know about their new "Ancestry Composition" tool. I let it go to the back-burner since I didn't have a chance to visit it the other day. Today visited the link and was quite impressed. This is how it works, according to their … [Read more...]