Mathias & Pauline (Thompson) Firmenich family, Ashland, Wisconsin - 1895 - Family Group Sheet

The 5th Middle

Middle Child

I didn’t actively think about this. It just popped into my head one day and after I looked into it I was pleasantly surprised. If my wife and I have one more child, making our newest son, Xander, the middle child. He will then be (at least) the 5th generation of the male middle child […]

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December 8th

Xander Lee

As I did with our daughter when she was born, I like to see which other ancestors or related individuals our newly born son, Xander, shares his birthday with on December 8th. According to the “Dates and Anniversaries” page on my family tree site, these things happened on December 8th. Born Johanna THOMPSON – 1852 […]

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Keepin’ The ZALEWSKI Line Going

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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 […]

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Memories of Tanta

Tanta, 3rd from left. Click for larger.

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 “step” […]

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Happy Veterans Day

Joseph Zalewski - WWI - Click for larger

I’d like to thank all of our ancestral military veterans in our family trees. Thanks for fighting for this country in any way you could, be it fighting in combat, fixing machinery, or defending our borders. Thanks for helping fight to allow me things like freedom of speech and the right to vote. Here is […]

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Helpful Research Links

I’ve collected a bunch of links over the years to help in my research. They’ve really only sat in my Google Chrome bookmarks. I have now moved most of them to my wiki so you can also use them. Helpful Research Links Along with those links, which cover all areas of my genealogy, there is […]

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Pact With the Devil

Deal with Devil

Reading through historical newspapers looking for stories relating to your ancestors is interesting not only on a historical level, sometimes it’s just plain fun. For example, while browsing through papers from 1919 looking for any mention of my great-grandfather’s return from the war, I ran across this gem in The Milwaukee Journal from May 5th, […]

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Accessing Your Ancestor’s Memories?

I’m going to delve deep into theoretical things here, but it’s something that always sort of fascinated me. Since the completion of the human genome project and the advent of more accessible DNA testing for us “normal” people, there have been amazing things coming out of that area of science and genealogy. Besides the standard health […]

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