The fourteenth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my wife’s great-great-grandfather, James A COLLINS. James is a bit of a mystery. He had ancestors and now he doesn’t. The information I originally had for James Collins listed his parents as Daniel and Elizabeth Collins. This information is everywhere on other trees posted online, so […]

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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.)…

Visualizing the Tree


Now that FamilySearch Family Tree is live and they also allow other programs to access that data on your behalf, we're able…
Richard & Mary Jane Zalewski

Moving Pictures


I am slowly entering the realm of using video for genealogy. I literally just started my genealogy YouTube channel yesterday. I have…

Remembering Grandpa


Today marks 15 years since my paternal grandfather, Richard Zalewski, passed away. His death was the first major death in my immediate…

The William Thompson


The ninth ancestor in my 52 week challenge is my 4th-great-grandfather, William Henry THOMPSON.  With a name like William Thompson, how hard…

Tragedy on Bremen Street


The seventh ancestor in my 52 Week Challenge is my paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph TROKA (pronounced like Truck-a). [caption id="attachment_531" align="alignright" width="200"] Joseph…