The Royal Line

Westminster Abbey

Hello again! Been doing a bit more research lately, so I've stepped up my postings (which isn't too hard to do I guess.) Just remember that even if I'm not posting regularly, I am always available for comments, emails, research questions, etc. I just may not be actively searching at the time, but I … [Read more...]

Interview

Interview

I am hoping to spend some time interviewing my living grandparents. Obviously, I guess, though I would love to be able to talk to my late Grandpa Zalewski again. I have tons and tons of factual data; dates, times, places, etc. What I don't have a lot of are stories and first-hand accounts. My … [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...]

(Late) Sunday Photo: Mr. Firmenich

Firmenich

This has always been one of my favorite photos that I scanned from my grandmother's collection. This is Mathias Firmenich, my great-great-great grandfather on my father's side. From what I gathered from research and from obituaries, Mathias was born in Cologne, Germany, February 11, 1840. He came to … [Read more...]

The Toney Family

I've been doing a little research on my wife's family tree. Back into her paternal line, she is connected to the Toney family through her great-great grandmother, Idona Toney. This line is traced back a few generations through Wisconsin, Ohio, and finally Virginia. Fortunately, this family seems … [Read more...]

A new line

I had ordered some vital records from the Wisconsin Vital Records site last week. I always forget about that option, but sometimes it is a bit much at $15 each. I had some extra money, so I ordered three records that I found. I ordered Agnes (Braatz) Corrigan (my great-grandmother's) birth … [Read more...]

Where did I put my clogs?

Dutch Clogs

  Another culture that helped shape Wisconsin into what it is today is the Dutch culture. I may throw in some Belgian stuff, also, since my family crosses into both and the history also crosses into both. My maternal grandmother's ancestors were mostly Dutch and Belgian (though she's the … [Read more...]

Mr. Goulet, I presume?

Celebrity genealogy connections are a fun thing to unearth. I don't put this into my research as a priority, but sometimes it's fun to run across. It makes sense that the farther you go back in generations, the more people you are "related" to, including celebrities. There are a few sites that … [Read more...]