People Are Dying To Get In There

St. Francis-Borgia Cemetery

I have this fascination with cemeteries. It's nothing creepy or evil. Ever since I was young, I've always found them as mysterious and interesting, almost like looking directly into the local history. When I was younger, we used to sled down a large hill at our local cemetery in the winter (don't … [Read more...]

Sunday Photo: Zalewski Family and Others

Zalewski and Others

I'd thought I would try a weekly photo post since I have a good collection of photos and it may help spur a research idea. I got the idea from Miriam over at AnceStories. This week's photo is from my Zalewski collection. The original photo is my grandmother's collection. I'm not 100% sure who … [Read more...]

Famous Milwaukeeans

Gene Wilder

Milwaukee was the birthplace and home to a few famous individuals. People who have shaped our world with their entertainment and their creations. Here are some of the people from the Milwaukee area. There are comedians, brewers, socialist mayors and even a Prime Minister. Take a trip back with … [Read more...]

Pour me a Guinness


The last major ethnic group that has affected my Ancestry (and a bit of Wisconsin) is the Irish. It's probably the 3rd largest ethnicity in my family tree, behind German and Polish. All of the Irish in my family tree comes from my paternal grandmother's line. She herself was born a Corrigan, … [Read more...]

Ich bin [insert clever genealogy item here]

German Beer

The largest group that has affected my ancestry, and also the state as a whole, is the German culture. Every part of my family tree is somehow touched by this ethnicity. My maternal grandfather is almost 100% German and my maternal grandmother (who lives and breathes Irish culture) is closer to … [Read more...]

Where did I put my clogs?

Dutch Clogs

  Another culture that helped shape Wisconsin into what it is today is the Dutch culture. I may throw in some Belgian stuff, also, since my family crosses into both and the history also crosses into both. My maternal grandmother's ancestors were mostly Dutch and Belgian (though she's the … [Read more...]


Yes, Pete, it is. In fact , it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land." - Alice Cooper, Wayne's World Most of the paternal side of my family tree, more specifically my paternal grandfather's side, came to and lived in Milwaukee's Polish Community. They all came about … [Read more...]

Milwaukee and Wisconsin


When trying to think of some things to write about on a constant basis, I browsed some other genealogy blogs out there and got a cool idea. Now, it may be tough to post about my genealogy research and history of the Zalewski name multiple times a week. I thought, why not write some posts about the … [Read more...]