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...]

Weekly History: August 2nd – 8th

Frank Zalewski, Sr

Looks like the beginning of the week is a bit slow. August 5th 1667 - Born - Louise DEGUITRE - Louise is my 8th-great-grandmother on my mother's side. She was born in Cogne, Aunis, France. She married Jacques Robidas dit MANSEAU in 1692. She passed away on 10 Aug 1732 in Baie-du-Febvre, … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Zalewski 1959

1959

This is a headstone photo I found in my grandmother's photo album. It's the headstone from my great-grandmother, Emily (TROKA) ZALEWSKI in 1959 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee. It's unique because this current headstone no longer exists. My great-grandfather, Joseph ZALEWSKI, remarried later on … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Holy Cross Cemetery

I chose to do a multiple tombstone post. This is a view across part of Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A lot of my Polish ancestors are buried here including my ZALEWSKI, TROKA and SZULTA family. It literally looks like a "City of the Dead" as it goes on and on. … [Read more...]