Military Monday: Joseph Zalewski

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I have a bunch of military documents, so I thought I'd put up some posts in the Military Monday theme. This the WWI Draft Registration for my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski, who did end up participating in the war overseas. Joseph registered on (I think it says) June 5, 1917 at the Ward … [Read more...]

Follow Friday: Polish

Since I've done a lot of Polish/Prussian research this week, I'm going to point at some helpful resources and blogs. Al's Polish-American Genealogy by Al Wierzba This one has been on my blogroll for awhile, since Al posts useful Polish information and interesting tidbits on his blog. It … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: TROKA

Troka Surname

This week's surname is from my paternal Polish ancestors. I've heard it pronounced both Troh-kuh and Truck-uh. The TROKA surname first shows up in my family tree with my great-grandmother, Emily (TROKA) ZALEWSKI. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1896. Her father, Joseph TROKA, was born in … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Where Did He Go?

Peter Muhm

For years I had lost track of my 3rd-great-grandfather, Peter MUHM. He and his wife, Ida (SCHAVANDIE) MUHM, lived in Wisconsin for many years. I tracked Ida to Langlade County, Wisconsin in 1934 where she finally rests at Elmwood Cemetery in Antigo. Where was Peter? Good question. I also couldn't … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Troka Family

Troka Family

This is a photo from my paternal Milwaukee line. I don't know the names of everyone in the photo, but there are a few I know. My great-grandmother, Emily (TROKA) ZALEWSKI, is at the top-left. Her mother, Clara (SZULTA) TROKA, is right below her. Clara's mother (and my 3rd-great-grandmother), … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Augusta

Augusta Last

This only the second photo I have of my great-great-grandmother, Augusta (LUEDTKE) LAST. She lived to be 100-years-old, passing away after 1 century and 2 weeks. She looks tough, and she should, she also had at least 16 children. … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: SHANNON

The SHANNON surname first appears in my wife's family tree at her maternal great-grandmother, Marie R (SHANNON) BANNACH. From the looks of it Marie didn't have a very good start to her life. Her mother, Mary (DAKINS) SHANNON died when Marie was only four years old. Then, as far as we can tell, her … [Read more...]

SNGF: Ancestral Roulette

This week on Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is Ancestral Name List Roulette. The rules are as follows: How old is one of your grandfathers now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette … [Read more...]