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...]

To the Motherland

Thanks to a higher amount of Polish records online and the help of some of the usual friendly genealogists (Thanks, Al and Rita!) I have traced a few of my Polish ancestors back to Poland. I now have the baptism location of my 3rd-great-grandparents, Ignatz Peter SZULTA and Nepomuncena SYLDATK. … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday (Now With Words)

Clara (Szulta) Troka and her daughters.

I've decided to start putting the descriptions with my Wordless Wednesday posts instead of posting them the next day. I feel it's sometimes confusing and more work to post the same thing twice rather than just saying it all on one day. I will still call it Wordless Wednesday, since that's the name … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Troka/Zalewski Wedding

This is one of the new photos I found this weekend when looking through my grandmother's collection. This is the best photo that I have of my great-grandmother, Emily (Troka) ZALEWSKI. She passed away pretty young in 1941 at the age of 45, so there are not a lot of photos of her. This is her and my … [Read more...]

Weekly History: January 24th – 30th

January 24th 1789 - Died - Maria TRUIJEN - Maria is my 7th-great-grandmother on my mother's side. She was born 12 May 1725 in Genk, Limburg, Belgium. She married Paulus VAN CREYBECK in 1748. She passed away at Genk, Limburg, Belgium. 1850 - Died - Friedrich Ernest MUHM - Friedrich is my … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: SZULTA

Today's surname is another one from my Polish side. SZULTA is presumably pronounced like SCHULTA. This surname first shows up in my ancestry with my great-great-grandmother, Clara SZULTA, who was born in Poland (or Prussia or Germany, I'm not sure yet.) I can only trace it back to Clara's father, … [Read more...]

Weekly History: Nov 15th – 21st

November 17th 1853 - Died - Marie Josephe BERO - Marie is my 4th-great-grandmother on my mother's side. She was presumably born in Belgium, but her info is unknown. She married Constant Joseph LAURENT in 1809 and had 4 children, including my ancestor Jean-Baptiste LAURENT. She passed away at … [Read more...]