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Anders' Son and Erik's Daughter: Part IIThis week, we continue our work on the family of Samuel Johnson, a late nineteenth century immigrant from Tjärstad, Sweden. I will address a few housekeeping items from last week before our analysis continues.
Where Does the Apostrophe Go?
Do Not Skip Around
Back to Johan and Anna Lisa
Summarized information from the Husförhörslängd (Clerical Register)
for 1866 through 1872:
Johan Sund, born Tjärstad 1822
I now have an excellent overview of the family. One could use the Husförhörslängd
entry to complete a quick tentative (not final) family group chart while researching.
Another approach (more geared for "on the fly" research) is to make
a second copy of family's Husförhörslängd entry and mark it "working
copy." This way my original copy has not been altered and I can use the
"working copy" for making notes while doing actual research. Using
second copies of these entries as rough family group charts will save me time
while actually using the microfilm and reduce confusion on my part.
This entry will particularly help me to search records of baptisms and marriages.
The baptismal records may provide additional clues, specifically names and residences
of godparents who are likely relatives and possibly siblings of the parents.
The clerical registers may also help me in tracking down these ancestral siblings
It means "smallpox."
So although one may say the Sund family members were shot, we are not talking
about guns here. The members of the Johan Sund family received a shot.
The 1866-1872 Husförhörslängd entries in this column contained
a "v" for every family member, indicating that they had been inoculated
To be perfectly honest, I had forgotten whatever I had learned about smallpox
in school, so I went on a quick Google search (www.google.com)
to see what I could learn about the history of smallpox vaccinations; there
were several hits. Those who wish to brush up on the history of smallpox and
vaccinations would do well to read a posting on the site of the American College
of Physicians (www.acponline.org/journals/annals/15oct97/smallpox.htm
). There are other sites, but this reference provides an overview of the history
of smallpox and the vaccinations. It was interesting reading in and of itself,
and it reminded me of just how devastating this disease has been for much of
recorded history. Again, the pursuit of genealogy sent me on a history lesson.
Back to the Records
An additional advantage to using the records (at least during the era I was
working in) is that they were kept on ledgers with the column headings already
printed. This made translating certain parts of the entry significantly easier.
Getting to the Baptisms
Alexander, son of Johan Sund and Anna Lisa Ericsdotter [sic] was baptized in
October of 1850 in Tjärstad. Johan is listed as a "Torp" which
is an abbreviation for a torpare, which is a tenant farmer. The godparents are
listed as "Alex. Ericsson, Sara [Nytteen?], And. Jonson, and Anna Jonsdotter."
Anna Lisa had a brother Alexander, and the "Alex." listed as a godfather
is likely that Alexander.
I found it easiest to make a photocopy of each entry instead of hand copying
it. In pencil on each copy, I made a notation of the page number, month, and
year of each entry. That information was not obvious on the photocopy of each
page, and it would be easy to mix up all the copies later. These notations are
best done as the copies are made, not after.
A Farmer Is a Farmer Is a Farmer
Summing it Up
--- Locate the parish as precisely as possible
Copyright 2003, MyFamily.com. Michael John Neill is the Course I Coordinator at the Genealogical Institute of Mid America (GIMA) held annually in Springfield, Illinois, and is also on the faculty of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. Michael is the Web columnist for the FGS FORUM and is on the editorial board of the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly. He conducts seminars and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical and computer topics and contributes to several genealogical publications, including Ancestry and Genealogical Computing. You can email him at: "mjnrootdig @ myfamily.com", or visit his website at: www.rootdig.com/ , but he regrets that he is unable to assist with personal research.
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Used by the author on his website with permission.
Cradled in Sweden, by Carl-Erik Johannson is an excellent book on Swedish research and has been very helpful to me in my work on my wife's Swedish Roots.
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