Grandpa Joe

Though, I was alive for more than a year before my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski, passed away, I really don't remember much of him or have any photos of him and I. He seemed like a nice guy. If he was anything like my grandfather (his son) he was probably strict, yet loving. He was probably … [Read more...]

Civil War

For the longest time, I thought that I had no ancestors that fought in the Civil War. I was surprised when I ran across a Civil War record for my third-great grandfather, John Last. I ran across this by finding a document calling his wife, Charlotte (Stramm) a Civil War widow. As shown above in the … [Read more...]

Thompson and Quinet

St. Paul's Cemetery

Yesterday, my wife and I made a trip up north to the Wrightstown, Wisconsin area to search for a few headstones for my family tree. It was a nice day and we decided to spend most of it outside.I wasn't exactly sure which cemetery they were buried in, if any, but we checked the first one we ran … [Read more...]

Hanging Out My Genes

I saw a show on the National Geographic channel a few years ago about Genetic Genealogy, or Genetealogy as the cool kids call it. It really interested me. I've recently become more interested in world history, especially in the areas of my ancestors and how they lived (This would've been helpful in … [Read more...]

Life in Rural Wisconsin

The Corrigan Brothers

I came across a very interesting letter in my genealogy collection. I'm not really sure how I got it, but I assume it's from my grandmother. It's a letter written by my great-great Uncle Edwin Corrigan that he wrote to another relative. In the letter, he describes his life growing up in rural … [Read more...]

Dad/Son meet Mom/Daughter

As I was browsing my family tree information on the site, I noticed that some of the parent-child relationships were messed up. It seems to be mainly located on the tree of my wife. I only checked a few generations before I gave up editing them via the website. I'll re-upload the GEDCOM when I'm … [Read more...]

I’m from Holland. Isn’t that veird?

Here is an interesting story from my maternal line. I've worked on researching this, but I've come up empty. Charles Van Price (Van Parijs) was born in the early 1800s and came to U.S. in 1874. He traveled to Dousman, Wisconsin in Waukesha County. He worked for Mr. Dousman, later moved to Little … [Read more...]

Frank & Anna

The farthest back I can go on my Zalewski line is to Frank & Anna Zalewski. They would be my great-great grandparents. Unfortunately, I don't know much about this couple, except what I can gather through research and my grandmother. My grandfather passed away before I could ask him about the … [Read more...]