Why Does Genealogy Interest Me?

Me, preparing for future genealogy.

I have sometimes thought about this question. Why does genealogy interest me so much? I was never really much into history classes. I usually did enough in them just to get by, even in college when I was already doing some genealogy research. I remember being bored out of my skull in my US History … [Read more...]

Parish of St. Barbara

© 2011 Photos - Kaja Gwincińska

After some research, I think I've traced the marriage of my great-great grandparents, Frank Zalewski & Anna Lindner, to Parafia św. Barbary w Świętem (or the Parish of St. Barbara at Święte.) According to a translation of their Polish Wikipedia entry: The parish was founded in about 1300 by the … [Read more...]

Slownik Geograficzny Translation – Święte

Update 11/5/2014: I made another run-through of this translation and am fixing a few things. I recently took another shot at translating an entry from the Slownik Geograficzny. This time I worked on translating the entry for Święte, which is the town where my great-great grandparents were married … [Read more...]

Czech’ing Out the Records

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I hit up FamilySearch this weekend to do some miscellaneous research. I happened to see their collection of records for the Czech Republic (or Czechoslovakia) and since my wife's great-grandmother, Anna (HUIZEL) COLLINS, was born there, I thought I'd browse them. Unfortunately, I didn't find … [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...]

Looking for Genealogy on Netflix?

I've been a customer of Netflix for many years now. Back when I first signed up, it was only DVDs by mail. Now you get instantly streaming shows and movies into your living room through a PC or an XBox or a Wii console and it's glorious. I've run across a bunch of different history and genealogy … [Read more...]

US Navy Muster Rolls

USS Shangri-La, 10 Oct 1946, Ancestry.com. U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011.

Ancestry just recently add a massive collection of U.S. Navy Muster Rolls from 1938-1949. My grandfather, Richard Zalewski, served with the Navy from about 1940 to 1946. Here is their description: This database contains U.S. Navy muster rolls and associated reports of changes for U.S. Navy enlisted … [Read more...]

FHL Success!

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Well, after over a decade of doing genealogy research, I finally made a trip to one of the "local" Family History Libraries. I put local in quotes, because it was still a good 30 miles away, but not too far. I'm not exactly sure why I never visited one. I like knowing how things work before I go … [Read more...]