How to Search Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records

FamilySearch has a boatload of church records scanned and available online for Germany, Prussia, and Pomerania from 1544-1945, though I would estimate that most of them are in the middle of that range. Currently they're not available for searching, but I did see them in the indexing software, so … [Read more...]

Permanent Record

A few weeks back, I ran across a link on BoingBoing to an article on I saw that it mentioned old documents and since I'm a sucker for old documents, I gave it a read. If you're also a fan of old documents, especially more interesting ones, than you'll love this series of articles on a … [Read more...]

US Navy Muster Rolls

Ancestry just recently add a massive collection of U.S. Navy Muster Rolls from 1938-1949. My grandfather, Richard Zalewski, served with the Navy from about 1940 to 1946. Here is their description: This database contains U.S. Navy muster rolls and associated reports of changes for U.S. Navy enlisted … [Read more...]

Zalewski Brothers

While looking for some other documents, I ran across a record that again pretty much seals the fact that my great-great-grandfather, Frank J Zalewski, and the Jacob Zalewski I have been researching were brothers (or worst case, cousins of some sort.)  Below is my great-grandfather, Joseph … [Read more...]

Military Monday: Joseph Zalewski

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...]

How to Find Purchased Land

I thought I would write a post on how to convert one of your ancestor's Land Records into an actual physical location. Right now, I only have the information on how to do this in Wisconsin with the resources that they have available. Other states may have these items available too. Your mileage may … [Read more...]

Sunday in the Attic

One of the big mysteries I am trying to solve in my genealogy is to find more information on my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski's, military history. According to a previous family researcher, all of his military files were burned in the extremely destructive 1973 National Personnel Records Center … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday (with Words)

Thank you to all of those who have served our country and who are currently serving our country. Special thanks to the veterans in my family: My grandfather Richard Zalewski (WWII), my grandfather LeRoy Thielke (WWII), my great-grandfather Joseph Zalewski (WWI), and my 3rd-great-grandfather John … [Read more...]