Visualizing the Tree

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Now that FamilySearch Family Tree is live and they also allow other programs to access that data on your behalf, we're able to do cool things with it. RootsMagic allows you to connect members of your local family tree database to FamilySearch Family Tree where you can copy data and sources back and … [Read more...]

Five Generations of Photos

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Achievement unlocked! With a small collection of photos that my mom gave me to look through and scan from her side of the family, I now have photos of every one of my ancestors five generations back to my great-great grandparents. That's pretty impressive, at least I think so, compared to my wife's … [Read more...]

The 5th Middle

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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...]

December 8th

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As I did with our daughter when she was born, I like to see which other ancestors or related individuals our newly born son, Xander, shares his birthday with on December 8th. According to the "Dates and Anniversaries" page on my family tree site, these things happened on December … [Read more...]

Keepin’ The ZALEWSKI Line Going

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The day finally came after a bit of waiting. After taking his sweet time and not being sure when he would decide to make his grand entrance, we welcomed Xander Lee Zalewski into the family. He was born at 3:15pm on December 8th weighing in at 7lb 4oz. His middle name, Lee, is taken from his … [Read more...]

Memories of Tanta

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The first funeral I remember attending was 25 years ago when I was 7 years old on December 7th, 1987. My real great-grandmother passed away in May 1941 when my grandfather was only 20. My great-grandfather remarried a few years later to Agnes Pulshinski. I'm told she wasn't much of a fan of the … [Read more...]

But, What Do Mayflowers Bring?

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It has been a bit quiet on the genealogy front. I haven't had as much time to do any research, but recently I have come across some extra time and interest. I recently added another individual to my "Everything I Know" site. This is the first person I did a site for on my wife's ancestry. He is … [Read more...]

1940 Census: Check Multiple Sources

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When the 1940 Census was released in April, I spent a couple of days browsing through them by hand to find my ancestors and my wife's ancestors. I knew where they all lived (generally speaking) and I was finally able to find everyone, except a few. My wife's grandmother, Barbara COLLINS, and her … [Read more...]