The twenty-first ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my great-great-grandmother, Anna (LINDNER) ZALEWSKI. I didn’t get a post up last week since I was out for the holidays and didn’t get a chance to write it. Anna is the husband of who I like to call my “primary” ancestor, Frank ZALEWSKI. Frank, and his […]

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Herman Rathke

Herman Rathke


The nineteenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my 3rd-great-grandfather, Herman RATHKE. According to vital records and his headstone, Herman was…

Curly Bill


[caption id="attachment_2284" align="alignright" width="250"] Not William Corrigan, but his brother, Patrick. I have no photo of William, but I assume he looked…
Desire & Desiree

Desire & Desiree


The fifteenth ancestor is my 52 week challenge is my maternal 3rd-great-grandfather, Jean Joseph Desire DeBROUX. When I originally received the information…

German Braatz


The thirteenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my paternal 3rd-great-grandmother, Maria (KLEGIN) BRAATZ. The only documented evidence that I have…
The Papermaker

The Papermaker


The twelfth ancestor on my 52 week challenge is my wife's great-great-grandfather on her maternal side, Alexander Felix BANACH (or sometimes BANNACH.)…