I’m not entirely sure why I waited so long to start up a Facebook group for the “Zalewski” surname. I’ve long been a member of other genealogy-related groups like one for the Corrigan surname, and a few for locations where my families resided, but I never made one myself. So, on a whim earlier this week, […]

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Arnold & Shannon

Arnold & Shannon


The thirty-third ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my wife's maternal 3rd-great-grandmother, Rosina Winslow (Arnold) Shannon. Multiple census sources note that she was…

Chromosome Mapping


After getting my DNA tests completed and for the past few years pouring over that data using tools like GEDMatch, and most…

The Zalewski Wall


The thirty-first ancestor in my 52-week challenge is the ancestor that I've probably written about more than any other, my paternal great-great-grandfather, Frank…
Jean Baptiste

Jean Baptiste


The thirtieth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my maternal 3rd-great-grandfather, Jean [John] Baptiste LAURENT. He was born in 1825 on January…

The Last Thielke


The twenty-eighth ancestor in my 52-week challenge is my maternal 3rd-great-grandfather, Henry Peter THIELKE. He is the last ancestor that I have…
Ida (Schavandie) Muhm

Ida (Schavandie) Muhm


The twenty-sixth ancestor (and half-way point) in my 52-week challenge is my maternal 3rd-great-grandmother Ida (SCHAVANDIE) MUHM. Her last name has been recorded…