Friday, April 3, 2015

Big Finds in Sweden

Here we have some of the Swedish records that tell the tale of the life and death of Christina Jonasdotter, mother of Johan August "Gust" Johansson Berggren/BORGREEN.

Birth 20 Feb 1826 in Ljunga, Kronoberg, Sweden
Death 21 Sep 1898 in Ljunga, Kronoberg, Sweden
Parents were Jonas Andersson and Lisa Nilsdotter
Married to Johan Peter Nilsson Wilander 1830-1859
He died of drunkenness, autopsied, doomed to be quietly buried.
Christina's son Axel was born of this marriage but "Gust" was born 5 years after the death of Christina's husband, Johan Peter. "Gust" is recorded as illegitimate, in all Swedish church records.


JONASDOTTER_Christina_Birth_20Feb1826_Swedish Church Records





Sunday, November 30, 2014

Genealogy home decor

I received this folding screen from a friend and knew that it was perfect for my ancestor project. I only wish I had photos of more ancestors. I'm missing a gt gt grandpa and a gt gt grandma and the earlier generations after that. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Maria Johanna Waara

Maria Waara Johnson driving sleigh
from the Sandy Johnson Barker collection

Monday, June 2, 2014

"Racehorse" Johnson

John "Racehorse" Johnson
 photo from the Sandy Johnson Barker collection
This is only the second photo I've ever seen of John "Racehorse" Johnson. Sandy has lots of stories about the Johnson family. With her permission, I'll be sharing some of them here in the future.

Meeting that distant cousin

Quite some time ago I began emailing with a cousin from the Johnson line of my tree. She has done tons of research over the years and has lots to share. Recently I was speaking at a little town near Helena and she and her husband were in the audience. We had such a nice chat afterward and then we talked by phone over the weekend. She has sent many more pictures, family stories and shared a family mystery with me. This has to be one of the best parts of my research. The connections with distant relatives. So. Much. Fun.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

You've got your cousin's face

How's this for a family resemblance? Sven Fält was the brother of Johanna "Jennie" (Fält) Borgreen. Carl Borgreen was the son of Johanna. Sadly, these folks never met and I'm not sure they even knew of each other. But the family resemblance is undeniable.