Pact With the Devil

Deal with Devil

Reading through historical newspapers looking for stories relating to your ancestors is interesting not only on a historical level, sometimes it's just plain fun. For example, while browsing through papers from 1919 looking for any mention of my great-grandfather's return from the war, I ran across … [Read more...]

The Unknown Marriage

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History and documentation has always hinted that my great-granduncle, Frank Zalewski, Jr, the brother of my great-grandfather, Joseph, never married, never had children. There was never any mention of a wife, anywhere, and he was buried with his parents, Frank & Anna, when he died in 1976.  I, … [Read more...]

Discombobulated, But in a Good Way

Gwiazdowski Connection

I made some great discoveries this weekend and late last night. I'm going to try to spell it all out here, so excuse me if I ramble a bit. While the information I found paints a better picture of the family of my ancestor, it also throws a wrench into the whole thing, but when doesn't genealogy do … [Read more...]

Climbing Down the Tree

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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...]

Arriving By Ship

Baltimore

The last few days I've been doing a lot of searching through old newspapers for hints of information, obituaries, articles, etc. On a whim, since my ZALEWSKI ancestors arrived in Baltimore, I decided to see which newspapers Google had from Baltimore. On a side note, as amazing as Google is at … [Read more...]

Tip: Searching Milwaukee Newspapers

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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...]

Sunday in the Attic

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I usually post a Weekly History on Sunday, but there were not a lot of entries for this week. I received a neat newspaper clipping from my Aunt this week that I will post instead. This is the original newspaper ad for the house/subdivision I live in now, which was originally purchased by my … [Read more...]

Weekly History: Nov 29th – Dec 5th

November 30th 1854 - Married - Jean Joseph Desire DEBROUX & Marie Desiree LOOD - Desire and Desiree (as they were known) are my 3rd-great-grandparents on my mother's side. They were both born in Piétrebais, Walloon Brabant, Wallonia, Belgium.  They married in Belgium before immigrating to … [Read more...]