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...]

Gwiazdowski? Brick wall coming down?

"Visitors nephew Franz Zaleski 902 Pulaski St"Click for larger image

Since publishing my Single View post on my great-great-grandfather, Frank J Zalewski, Sr. I have been checking all information I have on the Zalewski family. I ran through each of his children's records and all of the other info I had written down. I was then looking for copies of obituaries that I … [Read more...]

Single View: Frank J Zalewski, Sr

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This is the first of my "Single View" posts. These will be entries on a specific individual (or possibly family.) I will put out as much detail as I have in hopes to find someone who may have more information. Not only will this help me get the info online, but it will also help me dig through the … [Read more...]

Weekly History: May 17th – 23rd

May 18 1678 - Died - Francois CHEVREFILS - Francois is my 9th-great-grandfather on my mother's side. He was born in 1643 at Perigueux, Perigord, Dordogne, France. He married Marie LAUNY on 18 Mar 1678 in St. Ours, Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. Francois passed away in St. Ours. 1848 - Born - … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Richard & Jenny

This week's photo is of my grandfather, Richard Zalewski, and his friend Jenny Strelka. There is no year mentioned, but Richard looks to be maybe 4 or 5 years old, so I would guess 1924-25. I'm assuming it's also in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since Richard grew up there. I don't see a Jenny Strelka in my … [Read more...]

Natural Burials

Ran across an article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel this morning about new burial options at some of the area's largest cemeteries, Natural (or Green) Burials. According to the article: All burials in this area will include a biodegradable coffin, or a shroud and other container, and no toxic … [Read more...]

Weekly History: April 12 – 18

Sorry, I haven't been posting recently. I had other things going on and I was also not doing much research. But, I will get back on the horse today. Happy Easter. April 12 1923 - Married - Maurice CORRIGAN and Agnes BRAATZ. My great-grandparents were married in Iron Mountain, Dickinson Co., … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Zalewski

According to the note for this photo, this is a picture of my grandfather, Richard Zalewski (middle), with his sister Irene to his left and Eugene Nowiski to his right. I don't know off-hand who Eugene Nowiski is, but it does look like he's ready to change someone's oil. Multiple people have said … [Read more...]