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. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fäldt Family history

Fäldt Family Bible
Fäldt Family

Nyeby, birthplace of Johanna "Jennie" Felt

 I received another packet of wonderfulness from cousin Marita. It came just after my birthday and was the topper to a wonderful 50th celebration. The Bible pages are the icing on the cake. I never hoped to see them. What a prize.

All photos posted here are from the Marita Fäldt collection.
Kristina and Lave Fäldt 

Fäldt family

Matilda, Lave, Hulda, Sven Fäldt

Nils, Elna, Kerstin, Gunhild Fäldt

Sven Fäldt family

Sunday, March 23, 2014

More of the family Pak

Thom and his mom

Thom's sister, Cecily

Thom's mom

Thom and his cousin

Thom's mom

Thom and his cousin

Thom's mom

Thom's mom



Thom's mom

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Another lost cousin found

John "Racehorse" Johnson
I took a road trip to Eastern MT to speak at a couple of libraries and tour a few museums. On the way home on Thursday, I stopped at the Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus MT. The research I was conducting centered around Horace Countryman (father of the woman I portray in my program). The museum director, Penny, was showing me around and we were chatting about this and that. She mentioned that she was from Red Lodge. I mentioned that dad's relatives had come from there. She asked the surname. I said "Johnson". She says "Not Racehorse Johnson." I said "Racehorse is my gt. great grandfather" to which she replies "we're related". We'll be connecting again to exchange info. How great to find, not only the info I went for, but a new relative to boot.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The In-laws

Here's a great photo of my husband's family from around 1965 in Hong Kong.

I'm happy to say that I've all but of the people in this photo at one time or another.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Alex's stone

Here it is, after 2 long years. The stone was set just two days before Alex's 17th birthday. On the back is our surname along with parent's and sibling's names. I was so overcome with emotion that I just bawled for ....who knows how long.
The elements of the stone have a lot of signifigance. The little stone panda on the left was carved in China. Then a friend from Hong Kong went to China to bring it to H.K. My husband's brother-in-law brought it from H.K. to Canada. My sister-in-law brought it from Canada to Washington. My daughter brought it from Washington to Montana. Alex loved pandas, so there had to be a panda on his stone. The guitar is an exact representation of his favorite electric. The song on the right was written by Alex. He recorded it on the computer and we were able to play it at his service. The checkerboard pattern was a favorite and he always wore a checkerd belt. He was buried wearing that belt. The sharp slant on the top looks like a skateboard ramp. He was an avid skater. Finally the color scheme of black and white is so very Alex. The panda is black and white, he loved to wear black and white, so it was natural to choose that scheme. I've blurred the surname for privacy reasons. The flowers in this photo were put there by his friend. I've added a different arrangement to the vase, for now. As hard as it is, I'm so glad that its finally done.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

High Time for an Update

In September I had the pleasure of both a phone call and a skype call from the cousins in Sweden. The phone call was very emotional for me and I was weepy through most of it but we talked for about an hour and it was a lovely exchange for both of us. At the end of the month, I was at Camp Scrappy and we had a Skype call on Saturday morning. The best part was Molly was there to join in. We laughed and joked around and answered a few family history questions and just had a wonderful time. Technology is the most amazing thing ever.