Military Monday: Arthur Thielke

This week's Military Monday post is my great-grandfather's World War II Draft Registration from the so-called, Old Man's Draft.   … [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...]

Two More

I received a new marriage certificate copy in the mail today for what I suspected was my gg-grandparents, Johann THIELKE and Wilomene RATHKE. It was listed on the Wisconsin Vital Records site as Hans J M THIELK, but the spouse and dates matched up. It turns out that Hans can be used as a shortened … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: 3 generations

This is one of the newest photos I was able to scan. I finally got some photos from my mother's side and this one was a good one since it has 3 generations back starting from my grandparents. This was taken in 1948 on my grandparent's wedding day. The names from left to right: my gg-grandather … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

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Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces

Getting the idea from Julie at GenBlog, here is my list of most wanted names, places and faces. Names Places Zalewski Milwaukee, Wisconsin Poznan, Poland Thielke Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin Württemberg/Mecklenburg, Germany Last Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin Doeringshagen, … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Peter Thielke

Peter THIELKE was my 3rd-great-grandfather on my mother's side. Peter came to America with his wife Marie (maiden name unknown) sometime between 1854 and 1856. I figured this since their son Charles "Fritz" was born in 1854 in Germany and their son Herman was born in Wisconsin in 1856. Their second … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Johann Thielke

The headstone this week is from my great-great grandfather, Johann THIELKE. Johann was born on 26 Oct 1843 in Württemberg, Germany. He married my great-great grandmother, Wilomene "Minnie" RATHKE on 21 June 1891 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That marriage date makes him 47 when he married Minnie and she … [Read more...]