Thoughts on Being Without Grandparents


With the death of my maternal grandfather this week, I hit one of those sad life milestones. I now have no more living grandparents, and it's an odd feeling. I was fortunate to have all four of my grandparents throughout most of my life. I got to spend time with all of them. My children also got to … [Read more...]

Take Care, Grandpa

LeRoy Thielke

LeRoy Arthur Thielke 16 November 1925 - 1 November 2015 Today we lost a wonderful, hard-working, funny man, my grandfather, LeRoy Thielke. Growing up, he was one of the funniest people I knew, and his wit and sense of humor was still sharp until the end. The bright side is that he wasn't without … [Read more...]

Memories of Grandma


Marjorie Jean (DeBroux) Thielke 8 June 1927 - 13 February 2015 Earlier today, my maternal grandmother passed away. Her death, while not a shock or surprise, still pains us deeply. Even though you try not to pick one, she was always my favorite grandparent. I loved all of them the same, but I was … [Read more...]

Remembering Grandpa

Richard & Mary Jane Zalewski

Today marks 15 years since my paternal grandfather, Richard Zalewski, passed away. His death was the first major death in my immediate family, so I remember taking it pretty hard even though he had been sick for awhile. I actually remember, pretty well, the last time I saw him and talked to him. … [Read more...]

Passing on the Stories

Now that my daughter is getting older and she now really enjoys reading and stories, I've been trying to think about a neat way to tell her about her ancestry. The things I may find interesting about my ancestry, besides the stories, like dates and history, are usually pretty boring for kids. I … [Read more...]

Storytelling and Goals


After watching the available live streams from RootsTech and following the theme of storytelling, I'd like to go over some of my genealogy goals for the rest of this year. Start building my family's stories. There is so much to work with from my ancestry that there are stories everywhere. While … [Read more...]

Ancestry Composition

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I received an email the other day from 23andMe letting me know about their new "Ancestry Composition" tool. I let it go to the back-burner since I didn't have a chance to visit it the other day. Today visited the link and was quite impressed. This is how it works, according to their … [Read more...]

Keepin’ The ZALEWSKI Line Going


The day finally came after a bit of waiting. After taking his sweet time and not being sure when he would decide to make his grand entrance, we welcomed Xander Lee Zalewski into the family. He was born at 3:15pm on December 8th weighing in at 7lb 4oz. His middle name, Lee, is taken from his … [Read more...]