Climbing Down the Tree

itchys @ Flickr

After running out of gas on trying to find more online records about my great-great-grandfather, Frank Zalewski, and his brother, Jacob, I decided to work the other way. I've read about people making awesome discoveries by connecting with distant cousins and finding out that they have some amazing … [Read more...]

Arriving By Ship

Baltimore

The last few days I've been doing a lot of searching through old newspapers for hints of information, obituaries, articles, etc. On a whim, since my ZALEWSKI ancestors arrived in Baltimore, I decided to see which newspapers Google had from Baltimore. On a side note, as amazing as Google is at … [Read more...]

Genealogy Habits, Attitudes and Origins Survey

I found a link to this over at Randy Seaver's Genea-Musings website. It's a link a survey about people's genealogy habits, attitudes and origins. According to the survey page, they plan to share the results with libraries, family history organizations or societies at no cost. I took the survey … [Read more...]

Tip: Searching Milwaukee Newspapers

JSOnline

If you have any ancestors that lived in the Greater Milwaukee area from 1884-2007, you're in luck. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's website has access to search and view newspapers from its history, specifically: The Milwaukee Journal from 1884-1995 Milwaukee Sentinel from … [Read more...]

The Problem with Ancestry’s Trees

Frank Zalewski

It's the bane of any genealogy research. Finding out you have incorrect information long after you've added it to your family tree. In the worst cases, this could have ended up with you researching the wrong line for years. Fortunately, I've never (at least not yet) had that issue. While I love … [Read more...]

What I Do

From Geneabloggers.com: The meme is called "What I Do" and you basically list what you use in terms of technology to either run your genealogy business or pursue your family history as a hobby. Why is this important?  Very often we operate in a vacuum.  We have no idea what other people are using … [Read more...]

Maps. Maps. Maps.

I started using the Google Maps system to plot some of my family's locations awhile back, but I never got around to finishing it. Recently, I plotted most of the major Milwaukee locations for my family and it's interesting to see how it looks once you know where things are. I've always had an idea, … [Read more...]

Professional Resources

Allen County Public Library

Today I was browsing some of the professional genealogy society-type websites. I hope to one day become certified in some sort of genealogy-related area. I know that I'll enjoy doing genealogy for the rest of my life and hopefully I'll be able to help others. The first one I came to was Board for … [Read more...]