Military Monday: Arthur Thielke

This week's Military Monday post is my great-grandfather's World War II Draft Registration from the so-called, Old Man's Draft.   … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: US Navy

For Wayback Wednesday, I'm going to give you more than just the one photo shown here. I'm going to give you a whole collection of 119 photos. I recently uploaded my grandfather's Navy photo collection to Flickr. I was hoping that maybe somebody from the photos, or their families, will find them. It … [Read more...]

Sunday in the Attic

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)

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

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!

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 They put together a very slick historical document archive system and they are working on scanning important historical documents into it.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...]