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...]

FHL Success!

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Well, after over a decade of doing genealogy research, I finally made a trip to one of the "local" Family History Libraries. I put local in quotes, because it was still a good 30 miles away, but not too far. I'm not exactly sure why I never visited one. I like knowing how things work before I go … [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...]

Weekly History: July 18th – 24th

The history for this week in my family tree. As always, you can find this on the Dates & Anniversaries page. July 19th 1959 - Died - Clara (SZULTA) TROKA - Clara is my great-great-grandmother on my father's side. She was born 6 Jan 1876 in Sulęczyno Parish, Kartuzy County, Pomorskie, … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

Joseph Troka & Dad

This is a photo of my great-great-grandfather, Joseph Troka, and his great-grandson (my father.) It was taken in May 1959, probably at my Dad's first communion. You will notice that Joseph liked to wear his pants very high. … [Read more...]

Weekly History: April 25th – May 1st

Emma Jane Firmenich

Here are these week's important dates. As always, you can view these whenever you like on the Dates & Anniversaries page. April 27th Happy birthday to my grandmother, Mary Jane, and her twin brother, Tom! April 28th 1941 - Died - Emma Jane FIRMENICH - Emma Jane is my … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: The Boys

Troka/Zalewski/Szulta

This is a picture of the men of the Troka, Zalewski, Szulta, and other families. The photo includes both my great-grandfather and his father-in-law, my great-great-grandfather. Also included are some great uncles and some other family members. Here are the names of everyone in the photo. Back row: … [Read more...]