99+ Genealogy Things

I'm going to copy Destination: Austin Family and update my 99 (really 104) Genealogy Things list. I last posted the list in January 2009. The list below is annotated in the following manner: Things you have already done or found: bold face type Things you would like to do or find: italicize … [Read more...]

Your Generations Project

I had some time at lunch today, so I headed over to the BYUtv site to watch an episode of "The Generations Project." For people unfamiliar with it, think of it as a "Who Do You Think You Are?" for regular people. The episode I watched was titled, "Do Your Own Generations Project." I assume most of … [Read more...]

Now For Something Completely Different

With apologies to Monty Python for using their famous catchphrase, I present something to make my family smile during a sad week. Classic Dad.   I was converting old home videos awhile back and also playing around making some animated GIFs, so I made this. … [Read more...]

The Color Yellow

Even "The Simpsons" are getting on the genealogy bandwagon in their latest episode, "The Color Yellow" where Lisa traces her genealogy to try to find at least one noble ancestor. If you don't see the video, you can watch it here. … [Read more...]

Fat Tuesday

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 confiture … [Read more...]

Making My Own 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...]