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...]

Making My Own Family Tree

My Sim-Family Tree

When I'm not researching my family history, I like to dabble in video games as I've posted about before. A recent game that was released the The Sims 3. The Sims games have been around for a few years, so most of you probably already know about them. The Sims 3 is a strategic life simulation video … [Read more...]

Help Wanted

I went to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's Golda Meir Library last week to spend some time looking through old newspapers for obituaries. UWM has all of the Milwaukee Sentinel and Milwaukee Journal (and Journal-Sentinel) papers on microfilm back to about 1886 or so. I found a few … [Read more...]

Celebrate Your Name Week – Where did my Name come from?

This topic is going around the genealogy blogosphere, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I know for a fact that there are other people out there with the name Brian Zalewski and even including my middle name, James. I'm pretty sure there is even one in this state. Growing up the only Zalewski … [Read more...]

Depression-era Diary meets Twitter

Here is a neat idea. Someone had found an old diary from a family member that was written as a small sentence a day. It turned out to be perfect for a twitter account. It's a very cool idea where old meets new. Late last year, my family found a line-a-day diary maintained by my great-aunt from 1937 … [Read more...]

Carnival of Genealogy: Happy Dance

Weee!

This Carnival of Genealogy has to do with "The Happy Dance. The Joy of Genealogy. Almost everyone has experienced it. Tell us about the first time, or the last time, or the best time. What event, what document, what special find has caused you to stand up and cheer, to go crazy with joy? If you … [Read more...]

99 Genealogy Things

Found this over at GenBlog, a 99 (really 104) Things Meme and with a genealogy twist. Thought I'd give it a shot. The list should be annotated in the following manner: Things you have already done or found: bold face type Things you would like to do or find: italicize (color optional) Things … [Read more...]

Tanta

Well, I was going to write an article asking for some help, but I think I found my answer. When I was a kid, we used to visit my great grandmother (or who I thought was my great grandmother at the time.) As far as I can remember, we always called her "Tanta." I always thought this was her name, but … [Read more...]