Tanta

Well, I was going to write an article asking for some help, but I think I found my answer. When I was a kid, we used to visit my great grandmother (or who I thought was my great grandmother at the time.) As far as I can remember, we always called her "Tanta." I always thought this was her name, but … [Read more...]

Sunday Photo: Tom Corrigan Family

Tom Corrigan Family

Today's photo comes from my Irish roots, just in time for St. Patrick's day. The original photo is my grandmother's collection. This photo was taken in Ashland, Wisconsin, year unknown, but I'd guess around 1892 or so looking at the ages of the children. Based of the number of children in this … [Read more...]

Sunday Photo: Zalewski Family and Others

Zalewski and Others

I'd thought I would try a weekly photo post since I have a good collection of photos and it may help spur a research idea. I got the idea from Miriam over at AnceStories. This week's photo is from my Zalewski collection. The original photo is my grandmother's collection. I'm not 100% sure who … [Read more...]

Where was my Y-DNA and mtDNA in 1808?

DNA

I saw a post over at The Genetic Genealogist about this and I thought it'd be interesting to check my information.Though, it's kind of a downer since I don't really know exactly where my Y-DNA or my mtDNA was in 1808. I can only trace my Zalewski line back to about 1858 with Frank J. Zalewski, in … [Read more...]

Zalewski Update

Sorry for the low post count. Haven't had a lot of time lately for Genealogy research. Should be back soon enough. For now, I wanted to make sure all new visitors see the Zalewski-related projects I'm working on in case they want to help out. Info linked below. Working to compile the largest … [Read more...]

Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan

Wrong Way Corrigan

My grandmother, who's maiden name is Corrigan, always used to tell us about some distant cousin that they called "Wrong Way" Corrigan. She talked about how he flew a plane from New York to Ireland. When I was young, I thought this was some made-up, grandma-style folk tale the old people liked to … [Read more...]

Pour me a Guinness

Corrigans

The last major ethnic group that has affected my Ancestry (and a bit of Wisconsin) is the Irish. It's probably the 3rd largest ethnicity in my family tree, behind German and Polish. All of the Irish in my family tree comes from my paternal grandmother's line. She herself was born a Corrigan, … [Read more...]

Ich bin [insert clever genealogy item here]

German Beer

The largest group that has affected my ancestry, and also the state as a whole, is the German culture. Every part of my family tree is somehow touched by this ethnicity. My maternal grandfather is almost 100% German and my maternal grandmother (who lives and breathes Irish culture) is closer to … [Read more...]