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Brian Zalewski
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A nice Tumblr blog with a lot of old, historic #Milwaukee  images and descriptions. #history  
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Brian Zalewski
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It's been awhile. I haven't had much time to do research, but I did notice that +FamilySearch added (or possibly updated) a collection of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Petitions to Naturalization, 1848-1991. There is no search, yet, but you can browse by year. It just may take you a  bit more work, but it's a very useful collection.
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Neat photo looking west down Kilbourn Avenue at the Milwaukee River. The most familiar building in the photo is what is now the Milwaukee County Historical Society, which was a bank in this photo. The Kilbourn Avenue bridge was not built, yet.

All of the buildings on the right side of the photo on the river are no longer there. Pere Marquette Park is now in their place.

My guess is that the photo was probably taken sometime between 1910-1925. A similar modern view can be seen on this Google Street View shot: http://goo.gl/TkCOj #Milwaukee   #historicalphotos  
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Brian Zalewski
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I agree. I found a bunch of new leads based off of tracking my Zalewski family through #Milwaukee. There are a bunch of Milwaukee city directories available at places like Ancestry. #genealogy
 
City Directory research is an under appreciated method for finding out quite a bit about your ancestors - obviously residence, but also occupation, given name of spouse, and even "widowhood" as it might apply. If they owned a business, even more is available. Check this out for two outstanding free sites.

#genealogy   #familyhistory
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Brian Zalewski
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Cool #Milwaukee  photo from 1930 looking at downtown from the north. I think that's the State St bridge in the forefront and those buildings on the right are where Pere Marquette park is now, but I could be wrong. 
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Steve Memmel

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I can't make it but I thought some of you may interested in this. They have the 2 day program in pdf there as well.
http://paulastuartwarren.blogspot.com/2013/03/i-just-finished-two-great-seminar.html
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You can see the upcoming events here: http://wsgs.org/events.php
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Steve Memmel

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Surnames: Memmel and Gigl. Both originally came from Germany to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have been pretty lucky on my research with this happening. Also I was able to connected with a few cousins in Germany who have helped out a lot on the Memmel side. 
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Hey Todd, I haven't done much on the Gigl side I have been stuck with my Great Grandfathers death. I do have a Thomas Gigl though, parents are Michael and Donna. His Grandfather (Jacob Gigl) who is my Great Uncle (Grandfather's Brother). It may be him, I am not sure though. There are a lot of Gigl's I have yet to put into the tree.
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Brian Zalewski
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I'm going to hopefully start this off by listing one of my Milwaukee surnames and a little more info about it.

TROKA - starts in Milwaukee with Joseph Troka (17 Nov 1871 Lipusz, Kościerzyna County, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland - 1 Jan 1962 Milwaukee). His daughter, Emily, married my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski.

Sadly, Joseph, at 90 years old, was killed on his way to church by a drunk driver. Back then, the driver only got a small fine.
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Brian Zalewski
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My great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski, was a #Milwaukee #Police Officer for 33 years. Any of your ancestors work in public service?
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Yeah you are right.  The funny thing is our families have history together back then. We talk about it off and on. 
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Brian Zalewski
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Even though it's from 2010, this list of microfilms that the Family History Library in Hales Corners has in-house is very helpful. The microfilm that I used to find my great-great-grandparents marriage record happened to be on long-term loan, so make sure you check before you order. #milwaukee   #genealogy   #familyhistorylibrary  
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About this community

A community to discuss genealogy related to the Milwaukee County, Wisconsin area. Post your surnames or research brick walls that find their way into Milwaukee and hopefully we can give you direction on where to go next.

Brian Zalewski
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A good resource for some unique history, information, and photos if any of your ancestors were involved with the #Milwaukee  Police Department (or if you just enjoy it.) 

My great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski, was a police officer from 1918-1951 and I found some neat info there. There may be a pic of him there, but sadly most of the photos are a bit low-quality. It's still a great resource. #mpd   #genealogy   #history  
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Brian Zalewski
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From the article:

There was a time, not long ago, when #Milwaukee factories made many of America's most iconic products: leather saddles, tractors, motors and, of course, #beer.

The photos below come from the Milwaukee Public Library, the city's Historical Society and some of its local residents. They represent only a few of the large companies that once stood alongside Briggs and Stratton, Harley Davidson, Master Lock and Allen Bradley-Rockwell Automation as the companies that put Milwaukee on the map.
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Brian Zalewski
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A good article on the #bomb attack that happened in 1917 in a #Milwaukee Police Station, killing nine officers and a civilian. No greater number of police officers would die in the same incident until the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. My great-grandfather became a Milwaukee police officer in 1918 (or maybe 1919, I forget the exact year.)
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Brian Zalewski
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Interesting story related to #Milwaukee and some of the things you may dig up when doing your own research.
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Brian Zalewski
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Not specifically #Milwaukee  related, but I've ordered my fair share of records from ancestors in Milwaukee. A good place to get a copy of some of the older Wisconsin vital records.
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When I ordered the death record of my ggg-grandfather, they also sent a nice copy of an obituary along with it, no charge.
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Brian Zalewski
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Since I have a lot of family in Milwaukee County's neighbor to the north, I decided to start a community for that, too. Feel free to join if you're ancestors made their way through Ozaukee County, too. It's fresh and new, so not much there, yet.
Ozaukee County Genealogy
Genealogy research for Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
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Brian Zalewski
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A useful site that I only recently found. I'm not sure how I missed it before. Burial records for a good chunk of the #Milwaukee  Catholic Cemeteries (Holy Cross, Saint Adalbert, etc.) Not only can you find burial records, you can search for burials nearby, which is very handy in finding related indivduals. #genealogy   #cemeteries  
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Brian Zalewski
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A good training for people doing #Milwaukee  research as a lot of #Polish  families lived in the area.
 
FamilySearch - Free Training Course:  Introduction to Polish Research.

In this introduction to Polish research course Cecile Wendt Jensen will dispel the myths that records were destroyed during the world wars and that language barriers make Polish research difficult. She will also give examples and suggestions on how to use records, databases and archives.
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Lisa Taisey

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Hi everyone. My father lived in Milwaukee from 1970 to 1985 and died there in Oct. 1985. He was 100 percent Irish but since he lived and loved the area I would like to be a part of the discussion. Thanks for this great site.
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Brian Zalewski
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It seems that, based on my family lines, that a lot of people with family from this area probably have ancestors in the locations that are covered by +FamilySearch's German, Prussia, Pomerania Church records, I walk you through how to find what you need until they are fully indexed. #genealogy  
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Hi Brian, I also have ancestors from the Naugard area.  Some of the surnames include Wege, Brockhaus, Wesenberg, Viergutz, Leitzke, Gehrke.  Most of them came from this area to Dodge county, but some eventually found their way to Milwaukee.
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