Tragedy on Bremen Street

Joseph Troka and his wife, Clara.

The seventh ancestor in my 52 Week Challenge is my paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph TROKA (pronounced like Truck-a). Joseph was born on 17 November 1871 in the town of Lipusz located in modern day Kościerzyna County, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland. His parents are listed as Michael … [Read more...]

Iggy & Nep

Nepomuncena (Syldatk) & Ignatz Szulta

My ancestor post is a little late this week as we were on vacation this weekend. It was nice to escape the clutches of a winter that is hanging on a bit too long this year. The fifth ancestor on my 52 Week Ancestor challenge is Ignatz Peter SZULTA, pronounced like Schulta. Ignatz is my … [Read more...]

Genealogy of the States: California

Palm Springs

The first state I plan to do in my Genealogy of the States theme is California. There are not a lot of California connections, but they do make an appearance a few times. My wife's great-grandparents, Henry & Luella (CLEVELAND) GYRION passed away in Sacramento, California in 1952 and … [Read more...]

December 8th

Xander Lee

As I did with our daughter when she was born, I like to see which other ancestors or related individuals our newly born son, Xander, shares his birthday with on December 8th. According to the "Dates and Anniversaries" page on my family tree site, these things happened on December … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: TROKA

Troka Surname

This week's surname is from my paternal Polish ancestors. I've heard it pronounced both Troh-kuh and Truck-uh. The TROKA surname first shows up in my family tree with my great-grandmother, Emily (TROKA) ZALEWSKI. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1896. Her father, Joseph TROKA, was born in … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Troka Family

Troka Family

This is a photo from my paternal Milwaukee line. I don't know the names of everyone in the photo, but there are a few I know. My great-grandmother, Emily (TROKA) ZALEWSKI, is at the top-left. Her mother, Clara (SZULTA) TROKA, is right below her. Clara's mother (and my 3rd-great-grandmother), … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Surrounded

Nepomuncena & Kids

A photo from 1921 that includes my 3rd-great grandmother, Nepomuncena (SYLDATK) SZULTA, in the middle. This is a photo of her with a bunch of her grandchildren. Since it seems to be sometime in Summer or Spring 1921, my grandfather would not have been born yet. Though, the little girl in her lap on … [Read more...]

Weekly History: August 1st – 7th

Not much going on this week, but there are still a few important dates. As always, you can find them on the Dates & Anniversaries page. August 5th 1845 - Married - Robert MORAN & Dorothea COOK - Robert and Dorothea are my wife's 3rd-great-grandparents on her father's side. It is not … [Read more...]