Did You Hear the One About the Polish Flat?

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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...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Forest Home

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Here is another generic cemetery image. I took this one a few years back on my first trip to Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee. It is probably one of the most interesting and beautiful cemeteries I've seen yet. This one came out nice in the fall. I wish I could find my originals. These copies aren't … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday – Zalewski Family

This is another photo I scanned recently from a Zalewski Genealogy booklet. Back row: Mary (Gierszewski), My great-great-grandmother Anna (Lindner), my great-grandfather Joseph & Martha (Strelka) --- Front row: Frances (Cybela), Helen (Stroinski) & Angeline (Pierzchalski) - Milwaukee, Summer … [Read more...]

Help Wanted

I went to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's Golda Meir Library last week to spend some time looking through old newspapers for obituaries. UWM has all of the Milwaukee Sentinel and Milwaukee Journal (and Journal-Sentinel) papers on microfilm back to about 1886 or so. I found a few … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Joe & Clara Troka

This is a photo of my great-great-grandparents, Joe & Clara (SZULTA) TROKA on their 50th wedding anniversary. The date of this photo would be somewhere around 29 Jan 1944 since they were married in 1894. They were married at St. Hedwig's Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There is a very nice … [Read more...]