Arriving By Ship

Baltimore

The last few days I've been doing a lot of searching through old newspapers for hints of information, obituaries, articles, etc. On a whim, since my ZALEWSKI ancestors arrived in Baltimore, I decided to see which newspapers Google had from Baltimore. On a side note, as amazing as Google is at … [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...]

Gwiazdowski Connection

(After posting this I ran across some new info. Listed at the bottom.) I thought I would revisit the GWIAZDOWSKI connection in my family tree. As I mentioned in a previous post, Brick Wall Coming Down?, I ran across the GWIAZDOWSKI surname by searching for information I found in a short … [Read more...]

Tip: Searching Milwaukee Newspapers

JSOnline

If you have any ancestors that lived in the Greater Milwaukee area from 1884-2007, you're in luck. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's website has access to search and view newspapers from its history, specifically: The Milwaukee Journal from 1884-1995 Milwaukee Sentinel from … [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...]

The Problem with Ancestry’s Trees

Frank Zalewski

It's the bane of any genealogy research. Finding out you have incorrect information long after you've added it to your family tree. In the worst cases, this could have ended up with you researching the wrong line for years. Fortunately, I've never (at least not yet) had that issue. While I love … [Read more...]

December 9th

Richard

Today would have been my grandfather's 89th birthday. Richard Joseph Zalewski was born on December 9th, 1921 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 2nd child of Joseph & Emily (Troka) Zalewski. He passed away in April 18th, 1999 when I was freshman in college. His death, and a few other moments in … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: US Navy

Hilo, Hawaii

For Wayback Wednesday, I'm going to give you more than just the one photo shown here. I'm going to give you a whole collection of 119 photos. I recently uploaded my grandfather's Navy photo collection to Flickr. I was hoping that maybe somebody from the photos, or their families, will find them. It … [Read more...]