Aerissa Jean

Brian & Aerissa

She's here. Just a few days earlier than expected, but she picked an awesome birthday. That's her with me and my "new dad" beard. Aerissa Jean Zalewski Born on 10/31/2010 at 2:31pm - 6lbs 10oz … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: St. Casimir’s School

St. Casimir's School

My Aunt and Uncle let me scan this photo from my grandfather's collection. It's a photo of his 8th grade class at St. Casimir's School in northeast Milwaukee in February 1936. As you can tell by the names, if you can see them, it was a very Polish-heavy area. I've magnified my grandfather's … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: The Lone House


This man originally purchased the house that my grandparents lived in from 1955-2005, until I bought it. He actually wanted the brick version of the house, so he purchased another one. He is pictured here on the land where his house is being built. Way in the back is his original purchased house, my … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Moran Family

Moran Family

This is a photo of my wife's great-grandparents, Fred & Norma (POWELL) MORAN and their children, Keith (her grandfather) and Vivian. The Moran men, at least for a few generations, seemed to be easily recognized by their one physical attribute, their ears. It doesn't seem to have been passed down … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

Zalewski Wedding

This is from my grandparent's wedding, Richard & Mary Jane (CORRIGAN) ZALEWSKI on October 11, 1947 at St. Gall's Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I particularly enjoy the two kids on the sides of the church. I'm not even sure if they're part of the family. Click the photo for a larger version. … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: LAURENT

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The LAURENT surname is from my maternal grandmother's side of the family. This is the side with the most French/Belgian ancestry. The surname first appears in my family tree with my great-great-grandmother, Mary Philomene LAURENT. Mary married Joseph DEBROUX on 8 Sep 1891 in Langlade Co., … [Read more...]

To the Motherland

Thanks to a higher amount of Polish records online and the help of some of the usual friendly genealogists (Thanks, Al and Rita!) I have traced a few of my Polish ancestors back to Poland. I now have the baptism location of my 3rd-great-grandparents, Ignatz Peter SZULTA and Nepomuncena SYLDATK. … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: DEBROUX

The DeBroux surname first enters my family tree as my maternal grandmother's maiden name. The surname itself is Belgian, at least when I trace it back from America. According to, the surname along with the preposition de (‘from’), denoting someone from either of two places called Broux, … [Read more...]