A Surprise Find

I recently got back into doing some genealogical research on my family. For awhile I've felt stuck on most lines since I've gone as far as the most common records go. A lot of my research now requires even more research into finding the records themselves. I need to make a lot of Family History … [Read more...]

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...]

Take Care, Grandpa

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...]

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...]

The Zalewski Connection

One of those days I was waiting for finally happened. A DNA match contacted me that is from the Jacob Zalewski line that I had always assumed was the brother of my great-great grandfather, Frank Zalewski. This proves that Jacob and Frank are definitely related. They are probably brothers (as all … [Read more...]

In Honor of Grandma

I'm going to be doing a few posts this week about my maternal grandmother's ancestry in honor of her. She has not been doing too well for the last few months and her condition has taken a turn for the worse this week. I visited her yesterday, possibly for the last time, so I thought I should honor … [Read more...]

Slownik Geograficzny Translation – Goczałki

I decided to update one of the first Slownik Geograficzny translations that I did for the town that my great-great-grandfather, Frank J Zalewski, resided in when he was married in 1882, Goczałki. Goczałki is currently located in Gmina Łasin, Grudziądz County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, in … [Read more...]

Zalewski Surname Group

I'm not entirely sure why I waited so long to start up a Facebook group for the "Zalewski" surname. I've long been a member of other genealogy-related groups like one for the Corrigan surname, and a few for locations where my families resided, but I never made one myself. So, on a whim earlier this … [Read more...]