Pour me a Guinness

Corrigans

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...]

mill-e-wah-que

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

Milwaukee

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...]

Footnote

I ran across a very cool history/genealogy website via The Genealogy Guys podcast called Footnote. They put together a very slick historical document archive system and they are working on scanning important historical documents into it. You're able to search through them, annotate them, and also … [Read more...]

Remains of the Unknown

Remains of four people that were found about a decade ago in my home town, while adding on to a local church, were finally laid to rest this week. According to the news article about this, they are believed to be over 100 years old. Over the last decade, they've been trying to figure out who these … [Read more...]

Life in Rural Wisconsin

The Corrigan Brothers

I came across a very interesting letter in my genealogy collection. I'm not really sure how I got it, but I assume it's from my grandmother. It's a letter written by my great-great Uncle Edwin Corrigan that he wrote to another relative. In the letter, he describes his life growing up in rural … [Read more...]