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

Minnie (Muhm) Van Price, 3rd from left.

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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

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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

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...]

Been Around Awhile

I assume my great-great grandmother (whom also wins the award for the longest name in my family tree) Augusta Johanna Wilkelumire LUDKE has seen many things in her life. She was born in Prussia in July 1863, right smack in the middle of the American Civil War. A war which would shape the country she … [Read more...]

Ich bin [insert clever genealogy item here]

German Beer

The largest group that has affected my ancestry, and also the state as a whole, is the German culture. Every part of my family tree is somehow touched by this ethnicity. My maternal grandfather is almost 100% German and my maternal grandmother (who lives and breathes Irish culture) is closer to … [Read more...]