Off To War

I've begun to start transcribing a lot of the documents that I have collected over the years. I'm starting on the letters that my grandfather, LeRoy Thielke, wrote home during World War II. The first letter I grabbed was the one he wrote to his mother when he was being shipped off to Europe. It's … [Read more...]

Revisiting the Connection

The other day I happened to run across the Digital Collections of the Milwaukee Public Library. As any genealogist does, I got lost in it for an hour or so. I then found their WWI Military Portrait collection and searched for "Zalewski." I found entries for my great-grandfather, Joseph Frank … [Read more...]

Grandpa in World War II

Over the last few months I've put together a lot more information about what my grandfather did in World War II. As previous posts mention, he never really talked about the war, not even to my mom. Though, he has kept a lot of items from the war and I guess he was starting to put together a map … [Read more...]

World War II Mystery

A couple of weeks ago I finally got a bunch of photos from my maternal side of the family. I really had next to nothing when it came to photos for that side of the family compared to the amount from my paternal side. Among the awesome pics of my grandparents and their families when they were … [Read more...]

Happy Veterans Day

I'd like to thank all of our ancestral military veterans in our family trees. Thanks for fighting for this country in any way you could, be it fighting in combat, fixing machinery, or defending our borders. Thanks for helping fight to allow me things like freedom of speech and the right to vote. … [Read more...]

Happy Memorial Day!

Richard Zalewski, circa 1940, US Navy. … [Read more...]

Military Monday: William Dakins

My wife's 3rd-great-grandfather, William J Dakins, passed away on April 18, 1916. He participated in the Civil War with Company 1, 17th Wisconsin Infantry and according to his obituary below, "he was with Sherman on the famous march to the sea and through the Carolinas and participated in many … [Read more...]

US Navy Muster Rolls

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...]