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!

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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...]

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

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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...]

Gottschalk!

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...]

Discombobulated, But in a Good Way

Gwiazdowski Connection

I made some great discoveries this weekend and late last night. I'm going to try to spell it all out here, so excuse me if I ramble a bit. While the information I found paints a better picture of the family of my ancestor, it also throws a wrench into the whole thing, but when doesn't genealogy do … [Read more...]

Climbing Down the Tree

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After running out of gas on trying to find more online records about my great-great-grandfather, Frank Zalewski, and his brother, Jacob, I decided to work the other way. I've read about people making awesome discoveries by connecting with distant cousins and finding out that they have some amazing … [Read more...]