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If concerning Stockholm the SSA could do some time limited research for a
There are proffessional genealogists for hire, my personal recommendation
would be Elisabeth Thorsell, other listers might give you more names.
Från: "Sue Irvine" <sue.irvine1(a)ntlworld.com>
> If it is is there anywhere that I could have a paid search done as I don't
read or write Swedish as yet ?
I am new to the list and have a query I hope someone can
Has anyone heard of E o m o being used as a first
name in Sweden or any other scandanavian country?
Could it be a nickname or pet name?
The name appears in an old letter that has just come into
my possession. The letter was written in New Zealand
about 80 years ago. In it the writer refers to his two
grandchildren a girl Olga and a boy Eomo.
I haven't hear of this name before. Has anyone heard of
it or anything like it?
Your help would be really appreciated.
best wishes, Mary Thit, Melbourne, Australia mthit(a)bigpond.net.au
I just had to put my two cents worth in on this discussion, because I have
read with interest the comments made about the folks who are spending so much
for the book.
I am one of those persons who bought one. It is in brand new condition. I am
extremely pleased with my purchase. The book arrived in the mail 3 days
after the auction ended. The woman selling the book was very nice to deal
with. AND I don't care if someone was trying to drive the price up. I was
willing to pay for the book I had been trying to get for the last year.
I have been researching my Swedish line for some time, with the help of my
friends I've met on this list, but invariably I was told I should refer to
"Cradled" for more info. I had attempted to purchase one locally and on the
net. I had attempted to find a copy at my local libraries( none there). I
had attempted interlibrary loan - I was told "not available". I was
desparate to get my hands on a copy of the book, and when it came up on
auction I was happy to pay 44 dollars for the book.
In my estimation, if the buyer is willing to pay the going price, then it is
worth every penny. I don't feel that I was taken advantage of at all. It's
easy to make cracks about how inexperienced people are at bidding when the
you ALREADY HAVE the book or are already HAVE a vast knowledge of researching
There are those of us out here who are still struggling. Trying to learn the
ropes. For those people, willing to pay the price, the auction of the book
is a chance to go another step in our research.
If you want the book, and are willing to pay the price, so be it.
Please NOTE: the correct e-mail address for the Provincial Archives in
Göteborg, Sweden is: landsarkivet(a)landsarkivet-goteborg.ra.se and NOT as
given in the above referenced message! Please forgive my blunder. Also,
anyone e-mailing them should send the passenger's name, date of departure,
and contract number ... and be prepared to be very patient while waiting for
a response. They do not require a fee if you provide them with the
passenger's name and contract number.
I received some documents and find I need help with translations:
Volym/datum (is that volume/date)
Barnets name: (something) name
Mannens name: (something) name
Thank you. Sharon in Mn.
I have recently heard from the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center
at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL USA. They were most helpful!
BACKGROUND: We started with the original "marriage certificate" for "Ellen
Peterson" and "Victor J Johnson" on Jun 11, 1904 in Ishpeming, Marquette
Co., MI. The certificate was signed by Gustaf Anderson, pastor, and two
witnesses, "Carl H? Johnson" and "Signe Carlson." Family records kept by
Ellen and Victor's daughters and information from tombstones gave Victor's
date of birth as Mar 23, 1873 and Ellen's as Jul 5, 1882. The family stayed
in the area of Marquette MI til sometime after the birth of their 4th child,
in Goose Lake, Marquette Co., MI.
NEW DATA (from Swenson Center):
(1) A search of the local church records for memberships/births/baptisms
turned up only the baptism of their 2nd child, showing her complete name,
date and location of birth, parents shown as "Victor J. Johnson and wife,
Ellen" -- nothing new here except that she had been baptized as an infant
and that her parents were NOT members of the church.
(2) The Emihamn Emigranten records show "Johan Viktor Johansson", who left
the port of Göteborg on Jun 29, 1898 at the age of 25. His last place of
residence was Gammalkil parish in Östergötlands län and his destination was
L'anse, which is in Baraga Co., MI immediately west of Marquette Co., MI.
The Östergötlands län emigrant index for 1851-1947 shows the above Johan
Viktor Johansson born in 1873 which matches what we knew about "Victor J".
(3) The Emihamn Emigration records show "Elin Petersson" leaving the port
of Göteborg on Apr 22, 1903 with a destination of L'anse, MI USA at the age
of 21. Her last place of residence was Gammalkil parish in Östergötlands
län. The Östergötlands län emigrant index shows her as Elin Mathilde
Petersson, born in 1881, which would indeed have made her 21 on the date of
her emigration. If her records in the family are correct, she would have
turned 21 on Jul 5 of that year -- shortly after her arrival in the US.
(4) The Östergötlands län emigrant index and Emihamn also show 3 other
"Johansson" males leaving from the port of Göteborg with a previous
residence of Gammalkil parish and a destination of L'anse, Baraga Co., MI
USA. One was Carl D. Johansson, age 19, who left Nov 15 1905 (after the
marriage of Ellen and Victor, and so NOT the same man as the witness at
their marriage). Also two traveled together on Apr 16, 1902 (on the same
contract Källkod 69:427:25996). They MIGHT be our Johan Viktor's MUCH
younger brothers, known in the USA as "Hjalmar" and "Gus". However, since we
have no information about their dates of birth or even their middle
initials, we have no way of guessing if "Ernst H Johansson" and "Gustaf R
Johansson" are indeed Victor's brothers. Family says there was also a fourth
brother, "Hugo", who emigrated to MI "with" the others.
NEXT STEP: I have e-mailed the Provincial Archives in Göteborg with the
passenger's name (in Swedish), date of departure, and contract (Källkod)
number at landsarkivet(a)goteborg.ra.se hoping they will be able to tell me
the name of the ships on which they left Göteborg (and probably took as far
MY QUESTIONS: (1) Is it likely that records of their existence in Gammalkil
parish are still in the parish office? Should I now write to them to see if
they can match up these people found in Emihamn to people living in their
parish at that time? Or is there another, perhaps preferable, way to
discover something more about these folks, now that we have a location in
Sweden and a better idea of their names there?
(2) It appears that LDS has the manuscript (on film) "i Landsarkivet i
Vadstena" containing church records of Gammalkil parish in Valkebo judicial
district. It is in Swedish and is listed as "Kyrkoböcker, 1634-1895" "på 12
mikrofilmspolar". Since I don't speak Swedish and this sounds like 12
spools of film spanning a very long period of time, does it make sense for
me to order this....or is there a better way to discover the same
information that would be contained therein?
Since I'm a novice at this, and many of you have extensive experience in
this area, I'm hoping someone will be able to give me some sound advice
here! Thanks in advance for your wise counsel.
In a message dated 01/31/2001 12:41:34 AM Central Standard Time, Dooris63
<< On the Svenska ortnamn CD, I find a "samlad bebyggelse" (village, sort of,
or settlement) named Stigamo in the parish of Barnarp in Jönköpings län.
There is also a gård (farm or estate or homestead) named Stigamo in the
parish of Stockaryd also in Jönköpings län.
In Kronobergs län there is a "samlad bebyggelse" named Stigamo in the parish
Thank you so much, Doris.
In a message dated 01/30/2001 9:44:34 PM Central Standard Time,
<< I got it. It is about 10Km. directly south of the city Jönköping
which is in the center of Sweden going east from Göteborg (Gothenburg in
I have a folding map with a booklet listing the towns on the map.(Hallwag
You can find maps in SweGGate, better ones with great information at
Thank you so much, Gladys!!!!
I am researching the following:
Nels Edward Erickson--D.O.B 7.18.1884 Pelican Rapids, MN D.O.D 9.20.1959
Williston, ND was married to Emelia Knutson D.O.B 2.11.1881 Erhard, MN
D.O.D. 8.31.1967 Williston, ND
They had two children though I only know of one:
Frances Marie Erickson D.O.B 6.7.1912 Epping, MS D.O.D. 8.9.1992
Ferndale, WA who was married to Olve Willand D.O.B 10.2.1907 Grand Forks,
MN D.O.D. 7.1.1995 Ferndale, WA.
Any information would be appreciated.
I have information that Ivan Magnus Schillman born 1 May 1858 in Skarstad
Parish, Jonkoping, Sweden was married ? in Stigamo, Sweden to Ida Maria
Been trying to find Sigamo, but haven't had any luck. The town Ivan Magnus
was born in was Hillinge in the parish of Skarstad. Would Stigamo be nearby.
None of the sources I checked came up with it. Would it be spelled
differently? Thank you.
Sharon I Dickson
In a message dated 1/30/01 8:14:12 PM Central Standard Time,
> Does anyone on the list know the gender of the given name "Berit"?....male
> female. Thank you. Sharon in Mn.
I checked on SweGGate and found a site (Namnarkivet) which listed Berit under
<A HREF="http://www.rootsweb.com/~swewgw/">SweGGate Sweden GenWeb Starter</A>
Facts> Naming Practices > Namnarkivet > B > Flicknamn
Have you checked the 1920 census for the two children, have you checked
church records, 1900 census records , 1910, state census 1885, 1895,
1905, that would give you the info on the parents, the time they came to
the US and how long they had been married how many children, etc. You can
get the census records on interlibrary loan from Minnesota Historical
Cost about 6.00 if I remember correctly. They also have the newspapers
you can read for the area your people were in and the time period they
were they, small town newspapers are a hoot and give you tons of
information, I know when they gave blood for blood drives and when
grandmother stayed home from school because she was sick, etc. There is a
gold mine of information in newspapers, my great great grandfathers
tombstone said he died in 1876, we found a newspaper article that he had
disappeared in 1881 and then several weeks later that his body had been
found a town or two away downstream, so that proved that even the
tombstone is wrong, when your name is Peter Anderson and the town records
start about 1875 it is hard to tell one from another and someone must
have looked at the wrong Peter Andersons when they made his tombstone
years later. Anyway checkout all the sources you can think of and fill in
all the blanks, get work records, voters registration, social security
records, just dig, dig, dig until you get all the info you can and it
will lead you in the right direction, do not discount anything and be
sure to get the people that live around them in the census, they may well
be related and have the clue you need to get back to Sweden.
On Tue, 30 Jan 2001 23:33:09 EST Dw819(a)aol.com writes:
> I am researching the following:
> Nels Edward Erickson--D.O.B 7.18.1884 Pelican Rapids, MN D.O.D
> Williston, ND was married to Emelia Knutson D.O.B 2.11.1881
> Erhard, MN
> D.O.D. 8.31.1967 Williston, ND
> They had two children though I only know of one:
> Frances Marie Erickson D.O.B 6.7.1912 Epping, MS D.O.D.
> Ferndale, WA who was married to Olve Willand D.O.B 10.2.1907 Grand
> MN D.O.D. 7.1.1995 Ferndale, WA.
> Any information would be appreciated.
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Boy, that is highway robbery!! That book shouldn't go for that much! I paid $24.50 less than a
year ago at a genealogy bookstore in Salt Lake City!!!!
Not that you can get the thing in a bookstore any more---they are all out!! I am glad I got mine
when I did!! Are these supposed to be "new" copies or what? Janice
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan J" <danj_ny_nc(a)hotmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 7:04 AM
Subject: Re: [Sweden] Cradled in Sweden on Ebay
> This is the 5th copy of the book that this seller has "found" in boxes (one
> per week). They all started at $14.77, and sold for between $43 & $52.
> ----Original Message Follows----
> From: "Donna Mohney" <dmohney(a)westol.com>
> To: SWEDEN-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Subject: [Sweden] Cradled in Sweden on Ebay
> Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 23:14:05 -0500
> I'm not connected with ebay or the seller-just found this while browsing:
> Currently $14.77
> First bid $14.77
> Quantity 1
> # of bids 1
> Time left 5 days, 22 hours +
> Location mommaville77
> Started Jan-28-01 18:06:50 PST Ends Feb-04-01 18:06:50 PST
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In a message dated 1/30/01 10:25:08 AM Central Standard Time,
> Maybe those bidding early are friends of the seller, I would be
> suspicious if each time it is the same people and they never get the
> book. Someone should check that out. Maybe they are a stolen case of the
> books:-)) and everyone is buying hot property:-) Ah mystery and intrigue
That could be possible. The seller has a good rating, but you never know....
I don't think that the same people are always involved in a bidding war. New
names start the wars sometimes. (I have been watching these wars with great
interest. At one point I thought the price would be close to $100 at the end,
but eBay went "down" for a day or two and slowed the bidding.) The bidders do
have low ratings (inexperienced eBayers) so they probably joined just to get
this book, and are carried away by enthusiasm. I can understand that
I was inexperienced on eBay too when I bid like crazy to win an ice skating
program from a show of my favorite skaters. I too made the same mistakes that
I am mentioning now. <G> Experience has shown that nothing seems to be unique
on eBay and patience will get you the same thing eventually at a much better
price. It's easier to be patient when you realize that this item will be sold
over and over and over.... <G> until the price is very cheap or the item
actually does not sell because the market has been completely tapped. I felt
foolish paying so much when I could have waited and gotten it for practically
nothing. I made up my mind not to make that mistake again.
That doesn't mean that I don't enjoy watching these wars develop. Happy
bidding, folks. <G>
I am researching Nels P. MATSON and Anna NIELSEN from Vannaborga Sweden. I cannot find much information on this family.
Can anyone help
Nels P. MATSON, born 16 Feb. 1842 to Peter MATSON and Karma JEPSEN, married Anna NIELSEN in Sweden.
Nels MATSON , born about 1875
Alfred MATSON, born 26 Dec. 1877, married Nancy VANGILDER 19 Jan. 1901 Knox Co. Illinois USA, died 20 July 1940 Illinois USA
Nellie MATSON, born 29 Sept. 1879
The Östersund Landsarkivet cannot tell me much, except that he was born in 1738,
probably the date is figured out from other info. in Jämtland.
I was told that he was a "tailor from Kringe" Where is Kringe?
The researcher there found the name of his wife, Cathrina Nilsdotter, born in
1750, no places of birth, or residence, in church records, the family moved out of
Östersund parish, then found in Fors, they think that he moved into his son's parish.
The son was Olof Thomasson Lund. Later descendants were in Medelpad.
I found only one person with the surname Wengman in Familysearch:
Anders Wengman marr. 1 May 1724 in Blomskog Prastgard (sp.?) in Blomskog, Värmland.
In SweGGate, the excellent map of Värmland shows Blomskog at the very lowest Värmland
left-hand corner , practically in Norway already.
Any information on the tailor Wengman will be much appreciated. Or ideas for search.
There are only three Wengmanns in Germany in the IGI. Two in Wuerttenberg,
and one in Bayern.
Hjalpa! Help! to solve:
"A great mystery".
My thank you came back undeliverable, so I'd like to thank Dr. Fredrik Haeffner for his recent help on Swedish military and information on on-line sites and the towns of Ostra Grevie and Vastra Alstad. Thank You!
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