Climbing Down the Tree

itchys @ Flickr

After running out of gas on trying to find more online records about my great-great-grandfather, Frank Zalewski, and his brother, Jacob, I decided to work the other way. I've read about people making awesome discoveries by connecting with distant cousins and finding out that they have some amazing … [Read more...]

Tip: Searching Milwaukee Newspapers

JSOnline

If you have any ancestors that lived in the Greater Milwaukee area from 1884-2007, you're in luck. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's website has access to search and view newspapers from its history, specifically: The Milwaukee Journal from 1884-1995 Milwaukee Sentinel from … [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: Surrounded

Nepomuncena & Kids

A photo from 1921 that includes my 3rd-great grandmother, Nepomuncena (SYLDATK) SZULTA, in the middle. This is a photo of her with a bunch of her grandchildren. Since it seems to be sometime in Summer or Spring 1921, my grandfather would not have been born yet. Though, the little girl in her lap on … [Read more...]

Wayback Wednesday: Irene & Richard

Richard & Irene

A photo of my grandfather, Richard ZALEWSKI, and his older sister, Irene.  My guess is that this photo is from 1925-26 as Richard looks to be 3 or 4 years old. … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: St. Casimir’s School

St. Casimir's School

My Aunt and Uncle let me scan this photo from my grandfather's collection. It's a photo of his 8th grade class at St. Casimir's School in northeast Milwaukee in February 1936. As you can tell by the names, if you can see them, it was a very Polish-heavy area. I've magnified my grandfather's … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Richard & Friends

Richard, Irene, Jerry Strelka

A photo of my grandfather, Richard Zalewski, in the middle with his sister Irene on the right and their cousin, Jerry Strelka, on the left. Based on the ages of Richard and Irene, I would estimate the date of this photo to be 1923 or so. It was more than likely taken in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: TONEY

The TONEY surname shows up in my wife's family tree starting with her great-great-grandmother, Idona (TONEY) POWELL. The surname is also her connection to the American Revolutionary War. So, if all data is correct she should be a proven Daughter of the American Revolution. There is much paperwork to … [Read more...]