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 Ancestry.com, the surname along with the preposition de (‘from’), denoting someone from either of two places called Broux, … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

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This is a photo from my grandmother's 8th Grade class in November 1939. My grandmother, Mary Jane CORRIGAN, is in the 3rd row from the left and 4th from the back. Her twin brother, my great-uncle, Tommy is also in the class. He is the boy the in the far bottom right corner, closest to the camera. … [Read more...]

Sunday in the Attic

Joseph Zalewski

One of the big mysteries I am trying to solve in my genealogy is to find more information on my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski's, military history. According to a previous family researcher, all of his military files were burned in the extremely destructive 1973 National Personnel Records Center … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: MORAN

This week I decided to do a Surname Saturday on one of my wife's surnames, Moran. The MORAN surname first shows up in her tree with Robert MORAN who was born in Ireland in 1820. We're not exactly sure where in Ireland. Tracing this name into Ireland is like tracing the JOHNSON surname in America … [Read more...]