Way Back Wednesday: St. Casimir’s School

St. Casimir's School

My Aunt and Uncle let me scan this photo from my grandfather's collection. It's a photo of his 8th grade class at St. Casimir's School in northeast Milwaukee in February 1936. As you can tell by the names, if you can see them, it was a very Polish-heavy area. I've magnified my grandfather's … [Read more...]

Weekly History: August 8th – 14th

Frank Zalewski

Important dates in our family history for this week. As always, you can find this info on the Dates & Anniversaries page. August 8th 1941 - Died - Frank J ZALEWSKI, Sr - Frank is my great-great-grandfather on my father's side. He was born somewhere in Germany or Poland on 4 … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Richard & Friends

Richard, Irene, Jerry Strelka

A photo of my grandfather, Richard Zalewski, in the middle with his sister Irene on the right and their cousin, Jerry Strelka, on the left. Based on the ages of Richard and Irene, I would estimate the date of this photo to be 1923 or so. It was more than likely taken in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. … [Read more...]

Everything I Know (Again)

Since I had so much fun setting up my single ancestor site, Everything I Know About Frank Zalewski, I thought I would set up another one for another individual in my tree. Once again, it's an individual from my paternal line, my 3rd-great-grandfather Mathias Balthazar Firmenich. I already had a … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Joseph & Richard

Joseph & Richard

This is a photo of my great-grandfather, Joseph ZALEWSKI, and my grandfather, Richard ZALEWSKI. Date is unknown, but Richard looks to be about 2 or 3, so this is probably somewhere around 1923-25. I'm assuming it was taken in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as that was where Joseph and his family lived at the … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: Covered Bridge

Covered Bridge

This photo is of my dad and his brother at the Covered Bridge in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. This is the now the only covered bridge left standing in Wisconsin. It looks like it was still used for vehicle traffic back then, but it is now just open for foot traffic. It's located just north of the city on … [Read more...]

23 and Me

23andMe

On National DNA Day, April 23rd, there was news that 23andMe was selling the "Complete Edition" of their genetic test for $99. The usual price for this test is $499, so a savings of 80%. I couldn't pass up this deal since a) I am always curious about data and information b) I wanted to go deeper … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

Richard Zalewski

I'm almost positive that this is my grandfather, Richard Zalewski. It was with my grandparent's photos and it looks like a younger version of him. I'm assuming it was taken sometime in the mid-to-late 1920s since Richard was born in 1921. … [Read more...]