SNGF: Matrilineal Line

For Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post, he asks: List your matrilineal line - your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you! Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, … [Read more...]

Weekly History: April 18th – 24th

I plan on adding major events for both my family tree and my wife's family tree from now on. That should help some of those less busy weeks. As always, you can find all of this information yourself on the Dates & Anniversaries page. April 18th 1892 - Married - Thomas J CORRIGAN & Emma … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: LAST

No, not a last name, the name LAST. You should see how difficult it is to do any sort of search on this surname. Typing in "last surname" or just "last" into search engines usually gets me a lot more than I need. Sometimes it gives me "Did you mean 'last name'?" It's even tough on genealogy sites … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday (with Words)

Oath of Allegiance

Thank you to all of those who have served our country and who are currently serving our country. Special thanks to the veterans in my family: My grandfather Richard Zalewski (WWII), my grandfather LeRoy Thielke (WWII), my great-grandfather Joseph Zalewski (WWI), and my 3rd-great-grandfather John … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Wedding

This is a photo from my grandparent's wedding on August 28, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Port Washington, Wisconsin. The church is known for it's large decorations and ceiling. It's also frequently painted along with downtown Port Washington as it sits on a high hill overlooking the … [Read more...]

Weekly History: August 30th – Sept 5th

August 30th 1866 - Born - Margaret K STEARNS - Margaret is my great-great-grandmother on my father's side. She was born in Württemberg, Germany. In 1891, she married Frank F BRAATZ, Sr. She passed away in 1943 in Ashland, Ashland Co., Wisconsin. September 1st 1832 - Died - Phillipus … [Read more...]

SNGF – Sweet 16

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings came up with this fun post on Saturday. I thought I'd give it a try. Here is your SNGF assignment for the evening (if you choose to accept it - this is not stump the genealogist or even Mission Impossible): 1) List your 16 great-great-grandparents in pedigree chart … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: THIELKE

I know it's a day late. I was oot and aboot yesterday so I didn't get a chance to write it. I went to Milwaukee's Germanfest because I heard they have a nice area of family history stuff. They did, but unfortunately, they didn't have any info on my family. It didn't hurt to try. THIELKE is one of … [Read more...]