Now, I know that I can never find out when they or from where, so I
will dwell on something else.
Unfortunately for me and the rest of the family they never spoke much about the
"old country". Sad is it not.
"Never give up!" A famous quote from a famous movie--but it applies well to
genealogy. I'm not sure what all of the resources are that you've tried, but I
would try tracing your Friers back to the first church they belonged to after coming to
the U. S. There should be a record there of their home parish. Also, go through the
obituaries of the newspapers that served the towns where they lived and died. Their
obituaries should be posted within a few days of their death and often list their place of
birth. Try especially the Swedish language newspapers that served their area. They often
gave more detail of the person's origins in Sweden. But if you find a reference to
their home parish, be prepared to be confused. Words were often spelled phonetically, so
you may never recognize the place they are referring to. After
fifteen years of looking, and with the help of some very good Swedish genealogy sleuths, I
found my great grandmother's birth record! Never give up!
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