Sunday, April 20, 2014

Week 1 - My Family History Calendar

This week on my Scandia Musings Family History Calendar (or I need a prompt that will help me blog at least once a week!)

A few of the surnames and places you will see over the coming months on this calendar
Image made at Wordle.net - thanks


Thanks and a tip of the hat to Cheri Hudson Passey and Linda McCauley who both have used this idea to blog about their family members' birthdays and anniversaries. This type of project is a great way to check in with your genealogy database program and focus on a few family members each week.

I was lucky a few years back to spend some time at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City doing research (quite unexpectedly) on my Swedish and Norwegian relations. With the help of some wonderful consultants at the Scandinavian research desk and a few impromptu Saturday morning classes on Scandinavian research, I was well on my way to tracking down my ancestors. The wonderful thing about Swedish and Norwegian family history research is that church and municipal records have been kept in pristine order and are available online. Due to the patronymic naming pattern and the fact that families rarely moved away from their small villages or farm, tracing family back several generations in Sweden and Norway might be time-consuming but it is always rewarding.

Since that first research trip I have traveled to Minnesota (where my ancestors who immigrated to the United States first made their homes) as well as North Dakota and Washington (when a few of the families continued their journey and finally settled). Research into this side of our family continues to be a fascinating project. In the process I have learned a great deal about the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, and Slovenia, picked up a bit of the language (in order to translate some of the records), and given thanks to the Lutheran Church for its excellent record-keeping both abroad and here in the United States.

Without further ado, here is my first entry in the Scandia Musings' Family History Calendar.




April 21 -
Bengt Olafsson [4385] (1737-unknown), my fifth great-grandfather was born on this day in 1737 in Norra Ny, Varmlands lan, Sweden. He was the son of Olaf Jonsson [4855] (1711-unknown) and Karin Hendricksdotter [4856] (1720-unknown) and the husband of Anna Halfvardsdotter [4386] (1757-unknown). Bengt and Anna had three children.

April 23 -
Peder Eriksen Hastagjerdet [412] (1833-1913) and Mali Pedersdatter Rolfsengbergene [413] (1835-1883), my second great-grandparents were married on this day in 1860 in Hegra, Ovre Stjordal, Nord-Trondelag, Norway. Peder's parents were Erik Ivarsen Medkilplass/Hastagjerdet [4269] and Marta Zakariasdatter Berget [4270]. Mali's parents were Peder Pedersen Kval [4697] and Mali Eriksdatter Skjelstadsveen [4698]. Peder and Mali had seven children. They emigrated from Norway through Canada to the United States, settling in Minnesota.

April 25 - 
Joseph Valentine Kochevar [902] (1914-1997), my great uncle was born on this day in 1914 in Taylor, King, Washington, USA. He was the son of Valentin Kocevar [897] (1874-1955) and Antonia Zagradisnik [898] (1886-1928).  Joe managed the family farm after his father's death, was a wonderfully kind man and terrific great uncle and as a hobby built beautiful model airplanes that he gave to family and friends.

April 26 -
Zakarias Eriksen of Hastagjerdet [4715] (1823-unknown), my second great-granduncle was born on this day in 1823 in Hegra, Ovre Stjordal, Nord-Trondelag, Norway. Zakarias' parents were Erik Ivarsen Medkilplass/Hastagjerdet [4269] and Marta Zakariasdatter Berget [4270].

Do we share any family members? If so, I would enjoy hearing from you and sharing information. Until next week ...
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