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...]

Ancestry DNA

As the news mentioned last week, Ancestry has opened it's DNA area. I've been a user on Ancestry for many years and I also have become involved in Genetic Genealogy via the National Geographic study and also Family Tree DNA. So, I was more than happy to test our Ancestry's system. It was easy to … [Read more...]

Centuries of Wear

It's been a little slow on the genealogy home front these last few weeks, though I did find some new headstones when I went to look for a few new ones in Port Washington's Union Cemetery. I had originally went to find the headstone of Herman Rathke and more than likely his wife, also. This would … [Read more...]

It Has Begun…

Ok, I did a little work on starting the Zalewski Family Tree Project this weekend. I went through a bit of the 1860-1900 Census records and added the "Zalewski" (and other variations) to one family tree file. It's just a start, but hopefully this will become the largest collection of Zalewski family … [Read more...]

Planting the Seed

Well, I've begun the starting work on my super Zalewski Family Tree project. Unfortunately, I haven't received many Zalewski trees after I requested them. I'll have to start marketing it on message boards and mailing lists. Though, I did browse through the documents on I found on footnote.com … [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...]