The Other Half

circa 1919-1920. Click for larger. Much, much larger.

Up until now, I really only had photos and documents from my paternal side of the family, not including documents found online, etc. Recently, I've finally been given a collection of those things from my maternal side and it's pretty awesome. As always, a lot of the photographs are unlabeled, but … [Read more...]

World War II Mystery

Thielke 1945

A couple of weeks ago I finally got a bunch of photos from my maternal side of the family. I really had next to nothing when it came to photos for that side of the family compared to the amount from my paternal side. Among the awesome pics of my grandparents and their families when they were … [Read more...]

The 5th Middle

Middle Child

I didn't actively think about this. It just popped into my head one day and after I looked into it I was pleasantly surprised. If my wife and I have one more child, making our newest son, Xander, the middle child. He will then be (at least) the 5th generation of the male middle child going back … [Read more...]

Ancestry DNA

My DNA results according to Ancestry DNA

Ancestry sent me an email a few months back giving me an early invitation to their new Ancestry DNA service. I couldn't resist, so I ordered one and sent it back in. The results were recently posted and there are some cool new things in there. The first interesting fact is that according to them, … [Read more...]

Happy Memorial Day!

Richard Zalewski

Richard Zalewski, circa 1940, US Navy. … [Read more...]

The Zalewski Project is Live

Since I do have some data collected for my The Zalewski Project website, I decided to launch it in a "beta test" state. It's very basic looking and it only has data from the 1880 and 1900 US Census records, but it all can be browsed by city. I am currently working on the 1910 US Census and will … [Read more...]

Zalewski Project Update

Here is another update on the previously-mentioned Zalewski Project I've been slowly working on. I have collected the data from the 1880 US Census and the 1900 US Census and have created systems for it to allow you to view the data. I'm just working on making it "pretty" so it's somewhat easy to … [Read more...]

The Unknown Marriage

19430504-ZalewskiFrankJr-Article

History and documentation has always hinted that my great-granduncle, Frank Zalewski, Jr, the brother of my great-grandfather, Joseph, never married, never had children. There was never any mention of a wife, anywhere, and he was buried with his parents, Frank & Anna, when he died in 1976.  I, … [Read more...]