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?

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 "mixed bag" … [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...]

Wisconsin Pioneer

I received my mail from the Wisconsin Historical Society today and it included some nice information. I ordered the marriage certificates for two of my family members from northern Wisconsin and also a death certificate for a possible relative. The society also found an obituary for my 3rd great … [Read more...]

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

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...]