Smile for the Camera, 19th Edition

The word prompt for the 19th Edition of Smile For The Camera is "Gift." It is the holiday season and a time for giving. So give Smile readers the gift of sharing, sharing a family photograph. It can be a gift given or received, it can be the gift of talent, it can be the gift of having the … [Read more...]

Everything I Know About Frank Zalewski

I have a new site to show all of you. But, first, how it all came to be. While I was searching for more information on a passenger ship from one of my ancestors a few months back, I ran across a site called "Everything I Know About Hyman Victor." The site is basically one man's story about his … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Wedding

This is a photo from my grandparent's wedding on August 28, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Port Washington, Wisconsin. The church is known for it's large decorations and ceiling. It's also frequently painted along with downtown Port Washington as it sits on a high hill overlooking the … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Hawaii

This is a photo of my grandfather, Richard Zalewski, from when he was in the navy. He never saw combat, but was stationed in a few places, including Hilo, Hawaii as seen above. … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Joseph & Richard

This is a photo of my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski, and my grandfather, Richard Zalewski. The photo says it was taken in 1927-28 on Richards St. in Milwaukee. There are a few photos of my grandfather and these puppies. … [Read more...]

Did You Hear the One About the Polish Flat?

Courtesy of britmum@Flickr

I tried, but I couldn't come up with a joke for that. "Polish Flats" are common here in the Milwaukee area. I've recently been exploring the area where my great-great-grandfather, Frank Zalewski, and his family resided when they immigrated to Milwaukee in 1891. Frank and his family's first house was … [Read more...]

Tracking the Zalewski

1892 City Directory

I know it sounds like a show on National Geographic, but it's not. I'm not sure why I didn't this earlier, but it's never too late to try. After finding my ZALEWSKI family's passenger record, I originally decided to see if I could find them in Baltimore city directories since it seems like they … [Read more...]

I’m on a Boat: Passenger List Found!

Zalewski Family - 23 Nov 1889

One of those documents that I had my sights set on for the last 10 years of genealogy research is the passenger list containing the ZALEWSKI family when they left home and came to America. According to notes I had from a previous researcher, "...[Frank and Anna] left Poland from the Baltic port of … [Read more...]