Friday’s Family History Finds

The best Family History Finds this week:

Family Stories

Ella’s Kids by Eilene Lyon on Myricopia

Wrong Side of the Law: Finding Those Surprising Reports in Newspapers by Lisa S. Gorrell on My Trails into the Past

An Unexpected Holiday Family History Link by Jane Roberts on PastToPresent Genealogy

Heirlooms and Heritage – Treasures and Things by Janet Few on The History Interpreter

African-American Revolutionary War Soldiers from Ipswich by Gordon Harris on Historic Ipswich

Research Resources

Old LAC Site Via the Wayback Machine by Ken McKinlay on Family Tree Knots

JewishGen’s Newly-Indexed Ukraine Records – Strategies to Increase Found Family by Lara Diamond on Lara’s Jewnealogy

Parish Chest Records – A Rich Resource by Teresa on Writing My Past

36,146,750 Completely Searchable and Readable Books, by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

County Histories: Clues to Other Records, Newspapers by Cari Taplin on Genealogy Pants

U.S. equivalent – bonds, licenses and marriage certificates:
Quick Tip – Check Marriage Supplements of Children by Yvette Hoitink on Dutch Genealogy

Tech News

Ancestry U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index – App vs Website by John Newmark on TransylvanianDutch

The Best Privacy-Focused Browsers You’ve Never Heard Of by Pranay Parab on Lifehacker

FTAnalyzer and Lost Cousins – When Great Genealogy Tools Collide! by Samantha on Lyfelynes Family History

The Spooky Quest to Build a Google Maps for Graveyards by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

12 Best Free PDF Readers for Windows and Mac in 2023 by Praful Rawal on Lifehacker

Genetic Genealogy

Irish Ties Between New Zealand Purvis and Chesterfield County, SC Purvis Families by Charlie Purvis on Carolina Family Roots

Toronto Police Solve Two 39-Year-Old Murders Using Genetic Genealogy by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte

Chromosomes and Genealogy by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy


What’s Your Question About Your Ancestor? by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry

Holiday Memories by Donna Moughty on Irish Family Roots

Education Is for Everyone

How Do I Start Going Digital? by Janine Adams on Organize Your Family History

American Indian Heritage Day: How to Research My Native American Heritage on Treemily

Immigration: The Greatest Genealogical Challenge, Part One: The Larger Picture and Part Two: Understanding the Objective, both by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Just Say NO to Favorites! Writing Challenge by Kelly on Wheaton Wood

How to Export and Delete Branches from Your Family Tree by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree

Partnering with Cousins to Tell Our Story by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry

Keeping Up with the Times

‘Tis the Season:
Genealogy Holiday Gift Guide by Lori Samuelson on Genealogy at Heart

Gifts of Genealogy and Love by Alison Spring on The Frugal Family Historian

Swedish Mystery #2: Jöns Abraham Krook (aka Molin)

Yesterday, I shared the smattering of information I have discovered about Elsa Christina Sandberg. Today, I have a second mysterious person for whom only two records exist.

Jöns Abraham Krook was born in Everlöv, Malmöhus, Sweden on 30 July 1786 to Sara Brita Krook who had married Anders Molin in 1776. Together, they had four sons, two of whom lived to adulthood and have descendants today – Hans Niclas Molin, my ancestor, and his brother Johan Peter Molin.

However, around 1783, they went their separate ways and Sara Brita went on to give birth to three sons whose fathers are unknown.

Jöns Abraham Krook’s baptismal record was like no other I’ve ever come across. His parents were recorded as Anders Molin and Sara Brita Krook. Someone apparently knew better because they reported to the church minister that Anders Molin left for Marstrand, Sweden (over 200 miles away from Everlöv) too long before to be the father of Sara Brita’s baby.

The minister CROSSED OUT Anders Molin as the father and noted that he was in Marstrand, leaving the father unknown and Sara Brita’s baby being born out of wedlock.

Sweden has created some magnificent records and I’ve found out so much about my Swedish ancestors, but there are some limitations, like missing church books.

The Molin family was last found together in Vankiva, Malmöhus, Sweden in 1783.

They obviously left with Anders heading to Marstrand, where he appears in the tax records in 1784.

However, nothing has been found to determine whether Anders took his two sons with him or whether they remained with Sara Brita.

Nor have any records been uncovered explaining where Sara Brita was living between 1783 and 1786, when she gave birth in Everlöv.

It’s possible that Sara Brita moved to Everlöv, but there are no other church records there that go back to the 1780s, aside from the baptismal record.

The record doesn’t say that Sara Brita lived elsewhere, although it notes a godparent from Hemmestorp, so she may well have lived in Everlöv. Sara Brita was born in Veberöd, only about 4 1/2 miles away, which could explain how she came to live there from Vankiva, which is over 50 miles away from those two towns. Veberöd records don’t go back far enough to help either.

Back to Jöns Abraham Krook! I mentioned that he left only two known records. The first is his baptismal record. The second is the probate file of his mother, Sara Brita Krook, after she died in 1812.

All five half brothers are listed as heirs, although two are only referred to as Hans:

1. Hans (Niclas) Molin
2. J(ohan) P(eter) Molin
3. Jöns Abraham Molin
4. Johan Jacob Molin
5. Hans (Samuel) Molin

All five heirs are called “Molin,” even though only the first two sons of Sara Brita Krook shared Anders Molin as their father and all were living on 12 November 1812, the date probate was concluded.

It has been relatively easy to pick up the trail of all the sons of Sara Brita Krook EXCEPT for Jöns Abraham.

I’ve been on a quest to try to find something, anything else, however small a tidbit of information to add to the story of Jöns Abraham’s life.

One monkey wrench in this mix is that, in this time period, this family sometimes used Krook, sometimes Molin, and, in still other records, reverted back to the patronymic surname of Andersson (son of Anders).

There are a few family trees online for Jöns Abraham, but no one has any more information that I had originally found.

FamilySearch records have provided two possibilities that might relate to my Jöns Abraham; ArkivDigital and MyHeritage partnered to produce an index (not fully comprehensive) of Swedes living in the 1800s. One possibility has been found in that database, too.

Each of the three possibilities has, so far, turned out to be one-record dead ends. However, in the hopes that someone might be descended from any of them and who might be able to provide further details, I’m sharing the little I’ve found.

The downside is that none of these men is called Jöns Abraham, but not every record calls the Molin brothers by first and middle names. Also, each of these men has only been found in one record.

1. Jöns Krook, born 1786,  married Bengta Rasmusdotter and had two daughters born in Genarp, Malmöhus, Sweden – Kjerstina on 28 February 1821 and Elna, born 1 December 1822.

2. Jöns Krook, born 1786, was a soldier in Istorp, Älvesborg, Sweden in the 1801-1809 Household Record book. His wife was Brita Persdotter, born 1771 (no, that’s no a typo) and son Carl was born 1805, in Istorp.

3. Jöns Andersson was born 30 July 1786 (exact same date of birth for my Jöns Abraham), place unknown. He was unmarried living in Tving Parish, Gunnetorp, Blekinge, Sweden, found in the 1813-1814 Household Record book.

Where are these places relative to Everlöv?

Genarp and Everlöv are both due east of Copenhagen, while Gunnetorp is northeast about 110 miles, while Istorp is about 160 miles north up the west coast of Sweden.

Note, though, that Swedes in the southern portion of the country were VERY mobile even in the 1700s. Remember, Anders Molin moved to Marstrand, which is on an island off the coast of Gothenburg, seen in the top left corner.

I will continue to dig to see if anything else can be uncovered about Jöns Abraham Krook aka Molin and possibly Andersson. My gut feeling, given that I’ve found the other four brothers in multiple records, is that Jöns Abraham likely died in the first half of the 1800s and perhaps never married.






Swedish Mystery #1: Elsa Christina Sandberg

I’m very pleased with myself as I am sticking to my “clean up” project in RootsMagic and in the thousands of documents and images I’ve gathered through the years.

While reviewing the Swedish branch of my family tree, I’ve been reminded that it’s good practice to look at old records with new eyes because a detail might not only have been overlooked in the entry of interest, but new clues might even be found in other records on the same page.

Elsa Christina Sandberg is a perfect example, although she is still somewhat of a mystery.

My discovery came when I retrieved the image of the baptismal record of Johannes, son of Hans Niclas Molin and wife Anna Kjersti Sandberg in Öved, Sweden in February 1802.

I scanned the page for the Molin entry and my eye caught the two Johannes infants recorded one after the other.

The bottom entry is for my Molin family, but since I generally scan pages from top to bottom, I paused at the entry for the baby immediately above and thought that I had found my Molin family. Look closely at this crop:

February d:23 born and confirmed, illegitimate son of Elsa Christina Sandberg. Sponsors Officer Hans Molin and his wife A(nna) K(jersti) Sandberg. . . . .

I’m not sure why I never noticed this the first time, but the Sandberg family, who lived nearby in Genarp, has been somewhat problematic for quite a while.

Johan Caspersson Sandberg was born c1737, based on his reported age at death on 2 June 1800. His birth town is unknown. He married Anna Stina Berggren from nearby Heckeberga Castle, between 1761, when Anna Stina gave birth to an out-of-wedlock child, and c1766, when their son Johan Niclas was born, place unknown.

Then there is a gap in the births of children until my Anna Kjersti was born on 26 February 1776 in Genarp, where her birth and baptism are recorded in the church book.

Two more children were also born in Genarp – Johan Jorgen on 3 January 1779 and Johan George on 9 March 1782.

Many, if not most, of the church books record the place of birth along with the exact date of birth in the Household Records kept by the local minister. Full names are also recorded.

For whatever reason, while the Genarp minister followed that procedure when recording other families in town, he didn’t do that with the Sandbergs.

In fact, Johan Caspersson was recorded either as Shoemaker Sandberg or with just a line —– Sandberg and Anna Kjersti was his no-name wife!

The family first appears in the Household Records book that covers 1772-1791. I believe that this page predates 1776 because Anna Kjersti isn’t recorded.

I believe Mr. Lundberg was also a shoemaker and he and his wife apparently shared a home with Johan Caspersson and Anna Stina.

Now look closely at the spacing of the names. Sandberg, wife and Lundberg, wife are all written in smooth cursive. See how “Elsa Christina” has been squished into the space??

Here is a second entry later in the same volume:

We have Shoemaker Sandberg, wife, son Niclas gone to Malmö and Kjersti. Remeber Johan Niclas was born c1766 and since this book extends to 1791, it’s not surprising that he might be out of the house and on his own.

However, Elsa Christina is also gone AND the two youngest children, Johan Jorgen, born 1779 abd Johan George, born 1782, are not listed.

If the entry was made c1776, soon after Anna Kjersti’s birth, then Johan Niclas would only have been about ten years old and surely still at home.

The foundation for Elsa Christina Sandberg has now been laid so what else does the baptismal entry for her son Johannes tell us?

It tells us that Elsa Christina was 24 years old, so born about 1778, right in between the births of Anna Kjersti in 1776 and Johan Jorgen in 1779.

That creates more questions than answers. First, is the age correct? Her birth could just about fit between February 1776 and January 1779, but her birth isn’t recorded in Genarp? did the minister dislike this family so much that he didn’t bother to record her birth or he just forgot?

If she was born after Anna Kjersti, why isn’t Anna also recorded in the family entry with her parents and Elsa Christina?

It’s possible, since family relationships aren’t given in this record, except for husband and wife, that Elsa Christina might not have been a child of Johan Caspersson and Anna Stina Berggren. She might have been, say, a niece, but why does she only appear once with no other children in the home?

Wait! There is more! On 26 March 1801, back in Öved, Nils Sandberg, 17 year old son of the miller Sandberg and his wife, Elsa Olsdotter, was buried.

There is only one family in the 1799-1804 Household Records book that fits this Nils:

However, no wife is recorded, nor is there any Elsa Christina Sandberg.

What else is known about Elsa Christina Sandberg?

Well, she is found in three more records:

Gustava Maria was born 20 October 1804 in Malmö Hospital Parish to unmarried Elsa Christina Sandberg.

Twins Maria and Fredrika Christina were born February 1814 in Malmö Hospital Parish to unmarried Elsa Christina Sandberg.

Elsa’s son Johannes married, had a family, and has descendants today. No further record has been found on any of Elsa Christina’s three daughters.

The handful of line trees relating to her son Johannes claim a Genarp birth place (no date given), nor do they include a death date.

Elsa Christina’s death was easy to locate – she died in Malmö Hospital Parish on 27 June 1832. Her age was recorded as 54 years, which matches the birth year calculated from her age when giving birth to Johannes – 1778.

So, exactly who was Elsa Christina Sandberg???




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