I cannot track down where in Sweden my grandmother's family is from. The
only clue was something in a Saskatchewan, Canada community history book
that says that Jacob Peter Wickstrom, who I believe is her brother, came
from Torsjo, Vasterbotten, Sweden. A few weeks ago I had asked for a
lookup of the Wickstrom branch but I didn't have enough information and
there were too many Wickstroms. I haven't searched on Genline - I am not
sure where to look, of course, and therefore haven't purchased a
subscription yet. I haven't had any luck with Arkion or DISBYT searches.
I found the family I believe is the one I am looking for in the US 1900
census and with information from that I am wondering if there might be
enough information for a CD lookup that might place some member of the
family in some area of Sweden where I might start looking when I
subscribe to Genline. Here is what I have:
Hallin, Jacob - born June 1830; 69 years old at time of census; arrived
in USA 1890 (approx. 59 at time of emmigration).
Hallin, Anna - wife of Jacob; born Dec. 1824; 75 years old at time of
census; mother to eight living children; arrived in USA 1890 (appox. 65
at time of emmigration); married to Jacob for 51 years.
Wikstrom, Anna - daughter of Jacob and Anna; wife to John Wikstrom for
30 years; born Nov. 1849; arrived in USA 1887; mother to six living
Wikstrom, John - husband to Anna; born Feb. 1846; age 54 at time of
census; arrived in USA 1886.
Wikstrom, Jacob Peter - born April 1876; arrived in USA 1887.
Wikstrom, Anders D. (Andrew Donald is the name he was know by in Canada)
- born Aug. 1879; arrived in USA 1887
Wikstrom, Martha C. - born Nov. 1886; arrived in USA 1887.n the
My grandmother, Margaret Christina, was born Nov.l 1885. She does not
appear in the 1900 US Census with the rest of the family. Nor does she
appear in the 1906 census. According to her obit. she came to Canada in
1908 and was born in Sweden...doesn't mention the USA at all, but I am
assuming she had connections in Stephen, Minnesota because that is where
she and her supposed husband, Elias Sundin, had their first child in 1917.
Now, the Census says the Wikstroms arrived in the USA in 1887, BUT the
information in the community history book says Jacob arrived with his
family, Mr. and Mrs. John Wickstrom, to the US (Stephen, Minnesota) in
1888 and they had immigrated from Sweden to Winnipeg. I am wondering if
any other of Jacob and Anna's eight children might have come over the
pond, as well. John, Jacob (Jakob?) and Anders (Andrew) applied for
land grants in Saskatchewan - they came back into Canada in 1902. The
US Census and the land grant application have the spelling as Wikstrom,
but the 1906 Canada Census has them as Wickstroms.
Is there enough information now to search any of these people on the CD
yet? OH, how I hope there is...cuz I just don't know where to go from