Sunday in the Attic

Joseph Zalewski

One of the big mysteries I am trying to solve in my genealogy is to find more information on my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski's, military history. According to a previous family researcher, all of his military files were burned in the extremely destructive 1973 National Personnel Records Center … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday (with Words)

Oath of Allegiance

Thank you to all of those who have served our country and who are currently serving our country. Special thanks to the veterans in my family: My grandfather Richard Zalewski (WWII), my grandfather LeRoy Thielke (WWII), my great-grandfather Joseph Zalewski (WWI), and my 3rd-great-grandfather John … [Read more...]

Happy Memorial Day

Richard Zalewski - WWII

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! I'd like to thank all of my military ancestors and all of your military ancestors, too. Johann W G LAST - Civil War- My 3rd-great-grandfather, server with Company K, 50th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin - 29 Mar 1865 to 14 Jun 1866 LeRoy THIELKE - World War II - My … [Read more...]

Thanks Google Books!

After getting more interested in the military history of my family tree due to the talks and searches I did on Saturday, I decided to try some other options. I usually don't do a lot of searching on Google for family members, since I usually get a lot more misses than hits. I tried to narrow it down … [Read more...]

Extra! Extra!

20090125

After going out to dinner for our birthday (my wife & I) with my parents last night, we got to talking a bit about genealogy and some stories about my grandparents. It was mentioned that my maternal grandfather was in World War II. I was never sure on this subject since I've heard nothing about. … [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 They put together a very slick historical document archive system and they are working on scanning important historical documents into it.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...]

Grandpa Joe

Though, I was alive for more than a year before my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski, passed away, I really don't remember much of him or have any photos of him and I. He seemed like a nice guy. If he was anything like my grandfather (his son) he was probably strict, yet loving. He was probably … [Read more...]

Civil War

For the longest time, I thought that I had no ancestors that fought in the Civil War. I was surprised when I ran across a Civil War record for my third-great grandfather, John Last. I ran across this by finding a document calling his wife, Charlotte (Stramm) a Civil War widow. As shown above in the … [Read more...]