SNGF: Who is Your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor?

Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun for this week is to: Determine who your most recent unknown ancestor is - the one that you don't even know his or her name. Summarize what you know about his or her family, including resources that you have searched and the resources you should … [Read more...]

US Navy Muster Rolls

USS Shangri-La, 10 Oct 1946, U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2011.

Ancestry just recently add a massive collection of U.S. Navy Muster Rolls from 1938-1949. My grandfather, Richard Zalewski, served with the Navy from about 1940 to 1946. Here is their description: This database contains U.S. Navy muster rolls and associated reports of changes for U.S. Navy enlisted … [Read more...]

Slownik Geograficzny Translations

One of the things you need to do once you track down the origin of your Polish ancestors, is to search for an entry for the location in the Słownik geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów słowiańskich (or Geographic Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic … [Read more...]

FHL Success!


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...]

Zalewski Brothers

Joseph Zalewski Baptism

While looking for some other documents, I ran across a record that again pretty much seals the fact that my great-great-grandfather, Frank J Zalewski, and the Jacob Zalewski I have been researching were brothers (or worst case, cousins of some sort.)  Below is my great-grandfather, Joseph … [Read more...]

Military Monday: Joseph Zalewski


I have a bunch of military documents, so I thought I'd put up some posts in the Military Monday theme. This the WWI Draft Registration for my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski, who did end up participating in the war overseas. Joseph registered on (I think it says) June 5, 1917 at the Ward … [Read more...]

Cold Stones

Goralski Stone

I probably didn't pick the best day to do some more research at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee today. A wonderful "spring" day in Wisconsin, a windy 23 degrees with snow flurries. I also should have probably worn more than a sweatshirt, but it wasn't all that bad. I did have a knit cap on. Last … [Read more...]


Jakob Salewski

I've been on a roll this week finding information in unexpected places. Earlier it was the cemetery website and newspaper archives. Tonight, I went to the FamilySearch website to see what records they may have on Goczałki or Gottschalk, the area of Poland that I'm targeting in my latest research … [Read more...]