Keepin’ The ZALEWSKI Line Going

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

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?

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

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...]

Ancestry DNA

Ancestry sent me an email a few months back giving me an early invitation to their new Ancestry DNA service. I couldn't resist, so I ordered one and sent it back in. The results were recently posted and there are some cool new things in there. The first interesting fact is that according to them, … [Read more...]

My Most Recent Last Research

Go into your brain and pick out a surname that would be awesome to try to research. Something that would return 8 million results every time you searched for it. If you guessed the surname LAST, you win. Searching for anything on that surname was never fun. I would get every version of "last … [Read more...]

Czech’ing Out the Records

I hit up FamilySearch this weekend to do some miscellaneous research. I happened to see their collection of records for the Czech Republic (or Czechoslovakia) and since my wife's great-grandmother, Anna (HUIZEL) COLLINS, was born there, I thought I'd browse them. Unfortunately, I didn't find … [Read more...]

SNGF: Matrilineal Line

It's time for another one of Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posts. List your matrilineal line - your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you! Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA … [Read more...]