My Swedish Girlfriend
At some point I have to assume people who read this stuff know that the story actually starts below and I shouldn’t continue to direct readers to part one of each post. So I’ll stop doing that now.
I mentioned earlier that I had discovered the wonder of Swedish Church records, essentially nosy Lutherans looking into your family life. But how cool to have a record of all the families in an area (parish), when the kids were born, when they went off to America or got married, where they moved…all on a yearly basis. And you can search all those records for a fee at this cool site: genline.com. (Watch the skills grow as your author learns to insert links)
But those records can only take you so far and as all genealogists know, you run out of information that leads you to the next branch of the family tree. They even have a phrase for it: hitting the brick wall. Say that to any genealogist, or genealogy hobbyist, and they’ll know exactly what you mean and will share with you, at considerable length, their own personal brick walls, both broken -through and existing. I’ve even attended seminars on how to break through your brick walls and I’m happy to say I ended up employing one of the strategies I picked up somewhere along the way.
I found a site that allows folks to post queries regarding Swedish genealogy…scangen.se. So I posted my Ekholm questions and waited. Waited for several months. Part of the problem was the site’s in Swedish and I posted my query in English. And then the most remarkable thing happened. In the space of a couple a days I got several replies to my query, one in Swedish and the others in English. It seems Christel Lindstrom had a cousin who did some genealogy work regarding the Ekholm name and she was able to fill me in on a lot of the story in my earlier post. Better yet, her cousin had compiled a book on the farms in that area and she knew exactly where the farm was. Now how cool is that. So Christel is my new Swedish girlfriend because a few days ago she sent pictures of the farm along with a map locating where all this action is taking place.
This has all the key towns we’ll mention in the Ekholm story and this pretty much covers the area all sides of my wife’s family, going back at least to the mid 1700′s, have lived and died. Right in the middle is Vasta Karup, the parish where the Ekholm’s and the Nilsson’s (Donna’s Grandmother’s maiden name) lived. At the bottom is Hjarnarp and Forslov, also big in Nilsson stuff. Keep that in mind as we learn more about them. But then Christel sent a better picture of where the Ekholm’s actually lived.
And you’ll see on the road, just west of Bastad where she has written Ekholm Farm. How cool is that. And then to top it all off, she sent pictures of the farm today. Compare those with the ones earlier.
The internet is perhaps the greatest creation of mankind. What a wonderful thing Al Gore has given us.