Yesterday, I presented what little documentation I had on Anders Molin and Sara Brita Krok and their children. My next step before actual research is to look for clues already available on line.
I found several possibilities relating to this family:
First, I have to thank Susanna Auerbach on the Swedish American Genealogy page on Facebook as she found this tantalizing information on Anbytarforum, a Swedish surname site.
Anbytarforum Krok Post, 28 July 2007
Someone else was actually researching this family!
1. I checked familysearch.org. There were two possible burial records for Anders Molin. The first Anders was born in 1743 and died 27 February 1791 in Halmstad, Halland, Sweden. The second Anders was born in 1744 and died 28 February 1805 in Varberg, also Halland, Sweden. Halland was quite a distance from Öved and Finja so these were not looking like likely prospects.
2. A search for Sara Brita Krok brought up a couple of interesting items. First, Sara Brita Krok (no Anders Molin mentioned) gave birth to a son, Hans Samuel, on 24 Apr 1798 in Önnestad, Kristianstad, Sweden. There was a second entry for a Sara Brita Krok (no Anders Molin mentioned here either) giving birth to a son, Jons Abraham, on 30 July 1786 in Everlöv, Malmöhus, Sweden. A third entry showed Anders Molin and Sara Brita Krok as the parents of son Johan Peter Andersson on 20 July 1782 in Vankiva, Kristianstad, Sweden. This record matched the birth record I had located except the original does not give his surname as Andersson. Anders is clearly identified as Master Mason Anders Molin so whoever abstracted the record incorrectly gave the child a patronymic surname.
3. Next, I check FamilySearch family tree for Anders Molin and Sara. There was an entry for them. It said they married in February 1776 in Veberöd, Malmös, Sweden. It also named another child, Hans Peter, born 3 June 1776 in Öved, Malmöhus, Sweden.
4. My last check was on Ancestry.com. I don’t have the world edition so I checked for Public Member Trees. There were a couple of hits. One tree gave Sara Brita’s birth date as 7 March 1752 in Bonderup, Malmöhus, Sweden. There were clipped record images posted, which was helpful. However, some images were sourced and others were not. There was even some sort of image posted for Anders Molin, but it was not a birth, marriage or death. It was from Vankiva records, though.
I now had several parishes to check to verify information posted online.
If we start in Sara Brita’s reported place of birth, Bonderup, she appears in records that, by driving, covers 270 km. or 167 miles. Notice that the records are clumped more or less into two groups, those east of the city of Malmö and those northwest of Kristianstad.
In addition to these parishes, there were two others to check. If either of the death records for Anders Molin was for my Anders, then there was even more migration involved because Halmstad is located 149 km or about 92 miles north of Bonderup.
Tomorrow I will post my findings, all sourced. I believe it will be the first time that all the facts about Anders Molin and Sara Brita Krok, suggested in the few items found on line will be put together to tell part of their story. There were definite surprises along the way and time ran out before I was able to finish this research.