Sister Minnie

The eleventh person in my 52 week challenge is actually not an ancestor this week. During research on my THIELKE line, I decided to do some research on my great-great-grandfather Johann’s siblings. I had a lot of luck with his sister, Minnie THIELKE. I originally ran across her name in the 1860 Census for Grafton, […]

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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…