Brian Zalewski
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Brian Zalewski

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Brian J. Zalewski
Born 1980s.
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When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?

I started genealogy research about mid-1999. My grandfather had passed away in April of that year. About the same time I had run across an article in our local paper about a new website that was opening called by the Latter-Day Saints (and how busy it was on the first day.) After finally getting onto the site, finding all of the information sparked something in me.

I was also given a small file of random family items like notes and photos. One photo of the Zalewski family really interested me and it's still both my favorite family photo and my favorite line to research.

It also made me realize that if I want to get the most out of my genealogy, I’d probably get a lot more information from the people that knew some of these older ancestors, my grandparents.

Unfortunately, one of my major brick walls in my research is my Zalewski line, whom my Grandpa Zalewski would’ve probably been pretty helpful with. I’m hoping that this site can help me a little bit with that.

Since then I’ve done a lot of research not only for myself, but for friends and other relatives. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from my time doing this, especially with the advent of the Internet. It’s been a big help.

About Me

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Native Wisconsinite

Born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin, just north of the Milwaukee area, I still live nearby. All of my ancestors spent many generations in Wisconsin and previously came from outside of the United States. Some of my earliest Wisconsin ancestors were here not long after Wisconsin became a state in 1848. The latest arrived in about 1892.

In 2006, I married the love of my life, Darcy. A few years later came the birth of our wonderful daughter. Her middle name, Jean, was borrowed from her grandmother (my mother) and her great-grandmother, my maternal grandmother. Our son was born in 2012 and his middle name, Lee, was borrowed from his maternal grandfather. I can’t wait to tell them stories about all of their ancestors.

Outside of genealogy, I am a Software Engineer for a large media company. I have doing web development and software engineering back since the Internet was starting to become a thing in around 1993-94. I still really enjoy it and I try to involve genealogy in my work as much as possible.

DNA Testing

I have tested my DNA and it is available in many places. I did my first DNA test around 2006 for National Geographic's Genographic Project and became hooked ever since. That test was also transferred to FamilyTreeDNA, which was then used for Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. I have also tested directly with 23andMe and AncestryDNA. I have uploaded my results to GEDMatch (ID: PT5895258) and MyHeritage.

My overall ethnicity includes mostly Eastern European, which follows a lot of my ancestry. The other areas are Ireland (my Corrigan roots), a bit of Western Europe (my French-Canadian and Dutch/Belgian roots), and surprisingly a good chunk of Scandinavian. I have yet to find any Scandinavian ancestry, but I have recently discovered some distant DNA cousins who seem to have 100% Swedish ancestry, so we'll find out.

I am fascinated with DNA and my results and I hope to encourage many of my DNA Cousins to join WikiTree to help connect us all.

My paternal line has been calculated by the yDNA Family Tree DNA test I took. It has been shown to be part of the R-Z283 Y Haplogroup based on research by the R1a1a and Subclades Project.

More specifically, they have broken my yDNA down to Z282>Z280>CTS1211>YP343>YP340*-z (YP340 not tested, more STRs and/or Big Y needed) This test is currently only done at 37 markers, but will hopefully be upgraded or other STRs tested.

This "subclade" puts the origin of my Zalewski line into Central & Northern Europe (e.g., Poland) possibly around the Carpathian Mountains.

Confused by a lot of the terminology related to genetic genealogy? Hop on over to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy's Wiki (ISOGG) for tons of helpful information.

Most distant paternal ancestor: Martin Zalewski

My Maternal Haplogroup is H11a and so far in my own ancestry that seems to point to Germany in the more recent past. Historically H11a is found across most of northern, central and eastern Europe and in Central Asia / found in Mesolithic Lithuania, Middle Neolithic Germany and Megalithic Spain.[1]

Most distant mtDNA/maternal ancestor: Anna Rasch


Brian Zalewski is a member of the Zalewski Name Study Project.
Brian Zalewski is a member of the Thielke Name Study Project.

Here are my surnames up to 5-generations back, created by the Surname Generator app.

Surname (alternate spellings) : First Person with surname in tree → EKA - Earliest Known Ancestor
( # ) = number of generations from Primary person to EKA
pedigree.gif 𐂷 = pedigree chart of First Person / descendant-link.gif ⇟ = descendant list of EKA
  • Paternal Grandfather ancestors
Grabowska  : → Justyna Grabowska, b. 1839, descendant-link.gif (4)
Lindner  : Anna, b. 1865, Schwenten, Graudenz, West Prussia, Prussia, Germany pedigree.gif 𐂷Johann Lindner, b. 1835, descendant-link.gif (4)
Muszkowski  : Anna, b. 1831, Krottoschin, Löbau, West Prussia, Prussia, Germany pedigree.gif 𐂷Joannes Muszkowski, b. 1775, West Prussia, Prussia, Germany descendant-link.gif (6)
Sońefeld  : Eva, b. 1842, Schwenten, Graudenz, Westpreussen, Germany pedigree.gif 𐂷Paul Sońefeld, b. 1781, null descendant-link.gif (6)
Syldatk  : Nepomucena, b. 1853, Gowidlino, Karthaus, West Prussia, Prussia, Germany pedigree.gif 𐂷Josephus Syldatk, b. 1797, descendant-link.gif (6)
Szulta  : Clara, b. 1876, Sullenschin, Karthaus, West Prussia, Prussia, Germany pedigree.gif 𐂷Anton Szulta, b. 1815, Prussia descendant-link.gif (5)
Troka  : Emily, b. 1896, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States pedigree.gif 𐂷Michael Troka, b. 1839, Poland descendant-link.gif (4)
Zalewski  : Martin Zalewski, b. 1796, West Prussia, Prussia, Germany descendant-link.gif (5)
  • Paternal Grandmother ancestors
Braatz  : Agnes, b. 1903, Mellen, Ashland, Wisconsin, United States pedigree.gif 𐂷Wilhelm Braatz, b. 1837, Prussia descendant-link.gif (4)
Corrigan  : Mary, b. 1926, Ashland, Ashland, Wisconsin, United States pedigree.gif 𐂷Michael Corrigan, b. 1792, County Tyrone, Ireland descendant-link.gif (5)
Firmenich  : Emma, b. 1873, Wrightstown, Brown, Wisconsin, United States pedigree.gif 𐂷Johann Firmenich, b. 1792, Prussia descendant-link.gif (5)
Klegin  : → Maria Klegin, b. 1842, Schoenwalde, Germany descendant-link.gif (4)
McCann  : Mary, b. 1828, County Mayo, Ireland pedigree.gif 𐂷Thomas McCann, b. 1797, County Longford, Ireland descendant-link.gif (5)
Schumacher  : Katherina, b. 1838, Großforst, Dünsbach, Gerabronn, Wurttemberg, Germany pedigree.gif 𐂷Johann Schumacher, b. 1799, Forst, Bruchsal, Baden, Germany descendant-link.gif (5)
Stearns (Stiern)  : Barbara, b. 1866, Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg, Germany pedigree.gif 𐂷Georg Stiern, b. 1810, Germany descendant-link.gif (5)
Thompson  : Paulina, b. 1849, Granville, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States pedigree.gif 𐂷William Thompson, b. 1783, Ireland descendant-link.gif (6)
  • Maternal Grandfather ancestors
Fritz  : → Friedericke Fritz, b. 1841, Germany descendant-link.gif (4)
Henke  : → Friedericke Henke, b. 1837, Germany descendant-link.gif (4)
Last  : Madora, b. 1898, Grafton, Ozaukee, Wisconsin, United States pedigree.gif 𐂷Johann Last, b. 1825, Barkow, Griefenberg, Pommern, Germany descendant-link.gif (4)
Luedtke  : Augusta, b. 1863, Storkow, Pommerania pedigree.gif 𐂷Carl Luedtke, b. 1841, Germany descendant-link.gif (4)
Rathke  : Wilomene, b. 1857, Pommerania, Prussia pedigree.gif 𐂷Herman Rathke, b. 1831, Germany descendant-link.gif (4)
Specht  : → Marie Specht, b. 1821, Mecklenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany descendant-link.gif (4)
Strassman  : Hanne, b. 1817, Heydebreck, Regenwalde, Pommern, Germany pedigree.gif 𐂷Michael Strassman, b. 1795, Germany descendant-link.gif (5)
Thielke  : Henry Thielke, b. 1813, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany descendant-link.gif (4)
  • Maternal Grandmother ancestors
DeBroux  : Marjorie, b. 1927, Port Washington, Ozaukee, Wisconsin, United States pedigree.gif 𐂷Jean DeBroux, b. 1781, Corroy, Namur, Belgium descendant-link.gif (5)
Krebbekx (Krebbeks, van Craybeek, Craibexs)  : Johanna, b. 1847, Hoofdplaat, Zeeland, Netherlands pedigree.gif 𐂷Paulus Craibexs, b. 1720, Genk, Limburg, Belgium descendant-link.gif (8)
Laurent  : Mary, b. 1865, Little Chute, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States pedigree.gif 𐂷Constant Laurent, b. 1777, Grez, Grez-Doiceau, Brabant, Belgium descendant-link.gif (5)
Lood  : Marie, b. 1829, Piétrebais, Walloon Brabant, Wallonia, Belgium pedigree.gif 𐂷François Lood, b. 1786, Piétrebais, Brabant, Belgium descendant-link.gif (5)
Muhm  : Minnie, b. 1879, Norwood, Langlade, Wisconsin, United States pedigree.gif 𐂷Friedrich Muhm, b. 1801, Schwabendorf, Rauschenberg, Marburg-Biedenkopf, Hessen, Germany descendant-link.gif (5)
Schavandie  : Ida, b. 1852, Germany pedigree.gif 𐂷Lawrence Schavandie, b. 1832, Germany descendant-link.gif (5)
St. Louis (St Louis, Gadiou, Gadiou St Louis)  : Olivine, b. 1835, Yamachiche, Saint-Maurice, Lower Canada pedigree.gif 𐂷Guillaume St Louis, b. 1610, descendant-link.gif (10)
Van Price (Van Parijs, van Parys)  : Mildred, b. 1903, Mattoon, Shawano, Wisconsin, United States pedigree.gif 𐂷Livinus van Parys, b. 1700, Drongen, East Flanders, Belgium descendant-link.gif (8)

Project Plan

  • I plan to flesh out the rest of my direct ancestors and my wife's direct ancestors, proof them, and try to connect some of the lines to the larger WikiTree. My wife's lines especially go deep into the American Colonies and mine go deep into French Canada.
  • Continue researching profiles and lines from both the Zalewski surname and the Thielke surname. My two main surname lines. I may create surname projects for my wife's surname lines at some point.
  • Continue adding and updating more counties in the Wisconsin Project that I have taken over.
  • Continue working through adding/connecting profiles to the interment list of St. Finbar's Cemetery in Saukville, Wisconsin and West Fork Cemetery in Excelsior, Wisconsin. West Fork has many of my wife's ancestors.
  • Continue proofing my already created profiles, some that were added when I first joined and need some work.
  • Occasionally jump into challenges to help fix and improve already existing profiles that aren't mine.

Projects I Lead or Co-Lead

Brian Zalewski is a Wisconsinite.

One Names Studies:

Other Projects:

Interesting Ancestors & Cousins

Almost all of my notable ancestors come from my French-Canadian side, though I'm always fascinated to find other connections from my other lines. Most of them I am connected to in dozens of different ways, but will list one.

I am also descended from many of the Filles du Roi from Quebec.

  • Others are noted to also descend from Zacharie Cloutier, but they are not yet connected directly on WikiTree: Shania Twain (Wikipedia).

Orphaned Photos

I recently purchased a collection of orphaned cabinet card photos from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. I have put together small family trees of the people labeled on these photos as as way to try to return them to their families. All of the individuals I have traced are listed on my Milwaukee Orphaned Photos personal category.

If you are a descendant of this individual, contact me and I will try to return the physical photo to you free-of-charge (as long as they have not already been given back to another family member.) Also check other related family members for other possible photos.


Zalewski Family Genealogy - my blog and main genealogy headquarters.


  • First-hand knowledge by Brian Zalewski
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 3586 cM match between Brian Zalewski GEDmatch M092030 and his father John Zalewski GEDmatch M210715.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Brian Zalewski and Sharon Zalewski, parent-child. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Parent, Child - immediate family member based on sharing 3460 cMs. Confidence: Extremely High

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  • private children's names (2)
  • spouse's name and marriage information
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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Brian or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Brian Zalewski: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 37 markers, haplogroup R-Z283, FTDNA kit #N18451, MitoYDNA ID T10572 [compare]
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Brian Zalewski: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test HVR1, haplogroup H11a, FTDNA kit #N18451
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Brian:

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

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Please check out the updated Ambassadors Project page and see what we’re doing to get more visibility for Bloggers.

If you would like to join in, please send me a private message with what teams you would like to be on, as well as the email you want to use for the google group. If you use a different email address for trusted list access on WikiTree, please note that as well.

I look forward to hearing back from you!

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hi Brian,

This is to check in with you about your Blog. Are there any updates?

I’d also like to invite you to join the WikiTree Ambassadors as part of the Bloggers Team.

WikiTree Ambassadors are volunteers who have taken on the mission of spreading the WikiTree Love across a variety of channels. There are five other teams, if you have an interest in any of them in addition to the Blogging team, just let me know:

Hope to hear from you soon!

Azure Rae ~ WikiTree Ambassadors co-Leader

posted by Azure Robinson

The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their follwed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any disucssions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you konw that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steven Harris
Hi Brian

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Categorization Project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the]for ways to contribute.

2) Added Categories to the tags you follow.

3) PMed the project leaders with your email address to be added to the!forum/wikicategories.

Thank you!

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Brian

It has been a couple of weeks since we contacted you about your participation in the Categorization Project and as we haven't heard from you, we are following up to make sure you wish to remain a member.

We understand that interests shift as we grow our shared tree and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to the branches they are currently building. If this is the case for you, please let us know.

If we do not hear back from you within the week, we will assume you have moved on to other things for the moment and remove you from the project. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Brian

On behalf of the Categorization Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let me know if you are still active, and if so, in which ways you have contributed to the project, or a sub-project, within the last two months.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Brian,

We sent you a message a while ago about your current status as Project Coordinator and have not yet heard back from you. If we don’t hear from you in the next week we will assume you no longer wish to continue as a Project Coordinator on WikiTree at this time, but you are welcome to get back in touch with your Project Leaders to have your badge reinstated.

Many thanks,

Susie and Eowyn

Hi Brian,

I’m working with Eowyn to check-in with everyone holding the Project Coordinator badge to make sure we have the most up-to-date information. As a Project Coordinator badge holder, please can you let me know which project(s) you are currently coordinating and if you have a specific role as coordinator in those projects?

Many thanks,


Hi Brian,

I sent you a message a week ago about the new-look Global Cemeteries Project but have not yet heard back from you. If you would like to continue in the project, please can you PM me your team(s) selections and your e-mail address for the Google group.

If I don’t hear back from you by this time next week I’ll assume you no longer wish to be in the project at this time.

Many thanks,

Susie :-)

Leader, Global Cemeteries Project

I was checking out the member of the week - and I'm your 8th cousin too :)

Thanks for the list of celebrities I'm likely related to, too! (I found Hillary Clinton and Madonna before they took down living celebs).

posted by Katherine Gregory
Hi Brian,

We’ve made some exciting changes to the Global Cemeteries Project. The sub-projects have been merged into the Global Project to help with Leadership and to facilitate collaboration.

Some roles within the project have changed. From now on, there are Project Coordinators for each continent, and one for Welcome and Integration, plus Team Leaders for each individual Country etc.

Please let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project, if you’d like to continue in an existing role, and which team(s) you’d like to be on. Please also give me your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group.

Many thanks,


Leader, Global Cemeteries

Hi Brian,

I’m Steven, coordinator of the Categorization Project. Please have a look at the revamped Categorization Project page, specifically about the new team approach. Members will be now be part of the Maintenance Team. Project Liaisons and leaders will be involved in the Vision and Collaboration team.

Please contact me within the next week to let me know if you would like to remain an active member of the project. If I don’t hear back from you I will assume you no longer want to be a part of the Categorization Project.

posted by Steven Harris
all changes made to Nathaniel Shannon, removed wife, son Thomas and title 'Sir'.

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