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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.)

For Christmas, […]

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.


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.


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.