Did You Hear the One About the Polish Flat?

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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...]

New DeBroux Info and Some Belgium Questions

Just spent some time today browsing around random Dutch and Belgian websites looking for that one clue to break open some information. I have listed that my 3rd-great-grandparents, Desire and Desiree DeBroux (that's a mouthful), were both born in Belgium. It specifically lists it as Brussels, … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday

This is a photo of my grandparents, Richard & Mary Jane (Corrigan) ZALEWSKI from August 1947. … [Read more...]

A Celebration of Irish Names

Lisa at Small-leaved Shamrock has posted the 13th edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture. This one deals with Irish surnames and clans. It includes my entry which deals with my Corrigan surname. Take a look and dive into the Irish history. … [Read more...]

Happy Memorial Day

Richard Zalewski - WWII

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! I'd like to thank all of my military ancestors and all of your military ancestors, too. Johann W G LAST - Civil War- My 3rd-great-grandfather, server with Company K, 50th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin - 29 Mar 1865 to 14 Jun 1866 LeRoy THIELKE - World War II - My … [Read more...]

That Zalewski Family

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I was running through ideas in the shower today (who doesn't?) and I tried to figure out what my fascination is with the family of Frank & Anna Zalewski. For some reason, this family really interests me. I enjoy finding out information about each of the children and their families. Maybe it's … [Read more...]