Revisiting the Connection

Joseph Zalewski

The other day I happened to run across the Digital Collections of the Milwaukee Public Library. As any genealogist does, I got lost in it for an hour or so. I then found their WWI Military Portrait collection and searched for "Zalewski." I found entries for my great-grandfather, Joseph Frank … [Read more...]

The Zalewski Connection

Frank Zalewski

One of those days I was waiting for finally happened. A DNA match contacted me that is from the Jacob Zalewski line that I had always assumed was the brother of my great-great grandfather, Frank Zalewski. This proves that Jacob and Frank are definitely related. They are probably brothers (as all … [Read more...]

Slownik Geograficzny Translation – Goczałki

I decided to update one of the first Slownik Geograficzny translations that I did for the town that my great-great-grandfather, Frank J Zalewski, resided in when he was married in 1882, Goczałki. Goczałki is currently located in Gmina Łasin, Grudziądz County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, in … [Read more...]

Zalewski Surname Group


I'm not entirely sure why I waited so long to start up a Facebook group for the "Zalewski" surname. I've long been a member of other genealogy-related groups like one for the Corrigan surname, and a few for locations where my families resided, but I never made one myself. So, on a whim earlier this … [Read more...]

Brother Jacob

Zalewski stone

The thirty-fourth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is another non-direct relation, but a line that I do spend a considerable amount of time on. It is Jacob ZALEWSKI, the (almost certain) brother of my great-great-grandfather, Frank J Zalewski whom I've written about a lot. I do a lot of research on … [Read more...]

23andMe Follow-up

DNA Kits

I mentioned in a recent post that I was able to get 23andMe tests for my father and my father-in-law that would hopefully help narrow down DNA matches and also find out more about ourselves. Those tests have been taken, sent in, and now finally analyzed. There were no surprising results, but it does … [Read more...]

Frank’s Interactive Timeline

Frank Zalewski

I've been playing with an open source tool called Timeline JS that builds a visually-rich, interactive timeline based on whatever data I tell it to use. One of the options it has is to use data from a Google Docs spreadsheet. Add that ability along with their option to embed one right from their … [Read more...]

The 5th Middle

Middle Child

I didn't actively think about this. It just popped into my head one day and after I looked into it I was pleasantly surprised. If my wife and I have one more child, making our newest son, Xander, the middle child. He will then be (at least) the 5th generation of the male middle child going back … [Read more...]