Weekly History: March 14th-20th

The dates and anniversaries for my family for this week in March, though it's not a very busy week. As always, you can find info for any day using the Dates and Anniversaries page. March 14th 1764 - Born - John Baptiste III GADIOU St. Louis - John is my 5th-great-grandfather on my mother's … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

Grandpa & Joel

This is a photo of my Grandpa, Richard Zalewski, and my younger brother, Joel in 1986. I'm assuming it's around Easter since that's where the photo was in the album. I like the fact that they're wearing matching shirts, or as we called them, "Grandpa Shirts." … [Read more...]

Sunday in the Attic

Joseph Zalewski

One of the big mysteries I am trying to solve in my genealogy is to find more information on my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski's, military history. According to a previous family researcher, all of his military files were burned in the extremely destructive 1973 National Personnel Records Center … [Read more...]

Weekly History: February 21 – 27

February 22 1890 - Died - William Henry THOMPSON - William is my 4th-great-grandfather on my father's side. Unfortunately, I'm not exactly sure where and when he was born. The census and other records span from 1810 to 1816 and mention England, Ireland, and Scotland. He married Francis QUINET in … [Read more...]

Way Back Wednesday

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The lady at the left is my great-great-grandmother, Anna (LINDNER) ZALEWSKI. There is no year on the photo, but it is before 1939 when Anna passed away. Maybe someone can tell from the car in the back. The remaininge two individuals were not noted on the photo, but I'm pretty sure the other lady is … [Read more...]

Treasure Chest Thursday

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My first Treasure Chest Thursday. It seems like this will replace the "Tell Me Thursday" posts I used to do. I compressed that into Wordless Wednesday. I can't guarantee I'll have a post for every Thursday, but I'll try. This is my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski's, badge from when he was … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday (Now With Words)

Clara (Szulta) Troka and her daughters.

I've decided to start putting the descriptions with my Wordless Wednesday posts instead of posting them the next day. I feel it's sometimes confusing and more work to post the same thing twice rather than just saying it all on one day. I will still call it Wordless Wednesday, since that's the name … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Troka/Zalewski Wedding

This is one of the new photos I found this weekend when looking through my grandmother's collection. This is the best photo that I have of my great-grandmother, Emily (Troka) ZALEWSKI. She passed away pretty young in 1941 at the age of 45, so there are not a lot of photos of her. This is her and my … [Read more...]