Weekly History: February 21 – 27

February 22 1890 - Died - William Henry THOMPSON - William is my 4th-great-grandfather on my father's side. Unfortunately, I'm not exactly sure where and when he was born. The census and other records span from 1810 to 1816 and mention England, Ireland, and Scotland. He married Francis QUINET in … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

Anna (left) and two unknown individuals.

The lady at the left is my great-great-grandmother, Anna (LINDNER) ZALEWSKI. There is no year on the photo, but it is before 1939 when Anna passed away. Maybe someone can tell from the car in the back. The remaininge two individuals were not noted on the photo, but I'm pretty sure the other lady is … [Read more...]

Treasure Chest Thursday

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My first Treasure Chest Thursday. It seems like this will replace the "Tell Me Thursday" posts I used to do. I compressed that into Wordless Wednesday. I can't guarantee I'll have a post for every Thursday, but I'll try. This is my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski's, badge from when he was … [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...]

A Little Help From My Friends and Family

Richard Zalewski

This weekend I picked up the mother lode of photos, documents, and information on my grandparent's families. My aunt and uncle were holding on to my grandmother's heirlooms, which included my grandfather's stuff after he passed away. I knew my grandmother had a few photo albums since I previously … [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: January 17th – 23rd

Hey, I'm back again. Been a bit busy and had to put genealogy on the back-burner. January 17th 1902 - Born - Agnes Irene ZALEWSKI - Agnes is my great-great-aunt on my father's side. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Frank & Anna ZALEWSKI. She married Chester WALCZAK in 1924. She … [Read more...]