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...]

Weekly History: May 30th – June 5th

The important dates in my family history for this week (a day late.) As always, you can find this info on the Dates & Anniversaries page. June 2nd 1789 - Married - Johannes VENNINGER & Elisabeth FLECK - Johannes and Elisabeth are my wife's 5th-great-grandparents on her … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday: The Lone House

House

This man originally purchased the house that my grandparents lived in from 1955-2005, until I bought it. He actually wanted the brick version of the house, so he purchased another one. He is pictured here on the land where his house is being built. Way in the back is his original purchased house, my … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

Joseph Troka & Dad

This is a photo of my great-great-grandfather, Joseph Troka, and his great-grandson (my father.) It was taken in May 1959, probably at my Dad's first communion. You will notice that Joseph liked to wear his pants very high. … [Read more...]

The Next Generation Begins

20100319-6Weeks

I am forgoing the normal "Weekly History" post this week for a special announcement.  It's now been 12 weeks into the 36 weeks of the pregnancy of our first child. A big announcement that was hard to keep a secret until this point. 12 weeks is usually the point when most couples make the large … [Read more...]

Weekly History: April 25th – May 1st

Emma Jane Firmenich

Here are these week's important dates. As always, you can view these whenever you like on the Dates & Anniversaries page. April 27th Happy birthday to my grandmother, Mary Jane, and her twin brother, Tom! April 28th 1941 - Died - Emma Jane FIRMENICH - Emma Jane is my … [Read more...]