Gone too soon

I was saddened this week to learn of the death of Carl Szabad, noted Swedish genealogist and author. To quote a friend who lives in Sweden, “He has done so much work for genealogists all over the world.”

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Flyttningsbevis Translated

Swedish friends who were our houseguests this week kindly translated the Flyttningsbevis that belonged to my husband’s maternal grandfather, Andrew Ellison. Flyttningsbevis was a form of permission prepared by the pastor of the Swedish church allowing an individual to move away from the parish.

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WITB? Flyttningsbevis

By this time you know WITB stands for “What’s in the box?”, i.e., the metal safe-deposit box I found last week in our basement. The document I’m writing about today would have been more helpful if I’d found it a few years ago when I started the search for my husband Bill’s Swedish grandfather.

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WITB? Naturalization Papers

This is another posting in the series answering the question “What’s in the box?” and describing a piece of family history found in a metal box in our basement.

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Getting the Cows to Pull the Plow

When my husband Bill and I travelled to Sweden this fall, we were fortunate to connect with his second cousin, Bert. Their grandfathers were brothers. (I wrote about this in a blog posting entitled “Genealogy Road Trip.” Bert’s grandfather, Gustaf Wilhelm, was born in 1855. Bill’s grandfather, Anders Ludvig, was born in 1865.)

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Blogging in September

August was a busy month for me; consequently, I didn’t blog very often. September postings could be even more infrequent. Later today my husband Bill and I fly to Hamburg to begin our adventure through northern Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

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A Happy Surprise

We rec’d a pleasant surprise by e-mail this week, as a result of inquiries I’d sent to a couple Swedish genealogical societies.

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Swedish Ancestors

My husband Bill and I are planning to visit several Scandinavian countries in September. Family history is one consideration for making this trip. Bill’s mother was 100% Swedish; her parents were both born in Sweden and came to the United States as young adults.

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