The Whipples

The thirty-fifth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my wife's maternal 4th-great-grandfather, Lyman Eugene WHIPPLE. According to the information we have, he was born in about 1816 in Smyrna, Chenango, New York to William Walton & Rosina Whipple. Sometime, probably in Ohio in the late 1830s, … [Read more...]

Genealogy of the States: Hawaii

Richard Zalewski, Waikiki Beach, October 1944

Hawaii (or Hawai'i) is the next state on my Genealogy of the States series. I have no direct ancestors that were born in the state, but my connection to it is that my grandfather, Richard Zalewski, was stationed there for many years during World War II. He spent most of his time in Hilo, on … [Read more...]

Marching with Sherman

Burning of McPhersonville 1865

The fourth ancestor on the 52 Week Ancestor challenge was picked using my patented ancestor-o-matic. It's really just a random number generator and then using that number on my daughter's ahnentafel chart. This week is William J DAKINS. William is my wife's 3rd-great-grandfather on her maternal … [Read more...]

Genealogy of the States: Connecticut

Welcome to Connecticut

Connecticut is another state that is mainly from my wife's line, specifically her maternal line which dabbles a bit in Colonial America. The most recent ancestor to appear in Connecticut is her 4th-great-grandmother, Susan (SKINNER) WARNER, who is noted to have been born in the state in about … [Read more...]

Grandpa in World War II

LeRoy Thielke

Over the last few months I've put together a lot more information about what my grandfather did in World War II. As previous posts mention, he never really talked about the war, not even to my mom. Though, he has kept a lot of items from the war and I guess he was starting to put together a map … [Read more...]

World War II Mystery

Thielke 1945

A couple of weeks ago I finally got a bunch of photos from my maternal side of the family. I really had next to nothing when it came to photos for that side of the family compared to the amount from my paternal side. Among the awesome pics of my grandparents and their families when they were … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

Happy Memorial Day!

Richard Zalewski

Richard Zalewski, circa 1940, US Navy. … [Read more...]