Wordless Wednesday (Now With Words)

Clara (Szulta) Troka and her daughters.

I've decided to start putting the descriptions with my Wordless Wednesday posts instead of posting them the next day. I feel it's sometimes confusing and more work to post the same thing twice rather than just saying it all on one day. I will still call it Wordless Wednesday, since that's the name … [Read more...]

Weekly History: January 31st – February 6th

Ignatz Szulta

February 1st 1849 - Born - Ignatz Peter SZULTA - Ignatz is my 3rd-great-grandfather on my father's side. New evidence that I found may actually move his birth date to January 30th. Recently, I had found that Ignatz was born in what is now Sulęczyno Parish, Kartuzy County, Pomorskie, Poland. He … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Troka/Zalewski Wedding

This is one of the new photos I found this weekend when looking through my grandmother's collection. This is the best photo that I have of my great-grandmother, Emily (Troka) ZALEWSKI. She passed away pretty young in 1941 at the age of 45, so there are not a lot of photos of her. This is her and my … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: SZULTA

Today's surname is another one from my Polish side. SZULTA is presumably pronounced like SCHULTA. This surname first shows up in my ancestry with my great-great-grandmother, Clara SZULTA, who was born in Poland (or Prussia or Germany, I'm not sure yet.) I can only trace it back to Clara's father, … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Joseph & Richard

This is a photo of my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski, and my grandfather, Richard Zalewski. The photo says it was taken in 1927-28 on Richards St. in Milwaukee. There are a few photos of my grandfather and these puppies. … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Richard & Irene

This is a photo of my grandfather, Richard Zalewski, and his older sister, Irene (Zalewski) Lutzenberger. I'm guessing it is sometime in the mid-1920s, since Richard looks to be 4-6 years old. … [Read more...]

Weekly History: August 9th – 15th

August 9th 1671 - Married - Nicolaes van CRAYBECK & Helena WAGEMANS - Nicolaes and Helena are my 9th-great-grandparents on my mother's side. They were married at Kuringen, Belgium. August 10th 1732 - Died - Louise DEGUITRE - Louis is my 8th-great-grandmother on my mother's side. She was … [Read more...]

Did You Hear the One About the Polish Flat?

Courtesy of britmum@Flickr

I tried, but I couldn't come up with a joke for that. "Polish Flats" are common here in the Milwaukee area. I've recently been exploring the area where my great-great-grandfather, Frank Zalewski, and his family resided when they immigrated to Milwaukee in 1891. Frank and his family's first house was … [Read more...]