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Birth Record of Kerstina Jönsdotter, 1834

Today, I pieced together a few more facts about my Swedes, using Ancestry, FindAGrave, and the fam­ily his­tory I have tran­scribed and posted on this website.

My great great grand­mother, Kjerstin Jönsdotter, was born 6 February 1834, accord­ing to the “History of Swan Johnson Family or Nance County Nebraska” writ­ten 102 years later by the eldest child of her eldest child.

I have now seen the record of this birth, on Ancestry (which recently incor­po­rated “Sweden Church Records, 1500–1937″ from their acqui­si­tion last year of Genline).

This record also tells me that her father’s name was Jöns Westersson, her mother’s appears to have been Elna Nilsdotter. Kerstin was chris­tened three days after her birth, on 9 February 1834 in Gustav Adolf (Viby), Kristianstad län, Sweden. Her god­par­ents appear to have been Anders Martinsson and Karna Westersson.

The fam­ily his­tory lists a sis­ter, Karna, who immi­grated to America thanks to her brother-in-law (Swan, my great great grand­fa­ther). Swan sent money not only for her pas­sage, but also for that of her hus­band, Nels Ahlm, 3 daugh­ters, and son. In the Valley View Cemetery list­ing for Karna Ahlm (FindAGrave), her birth date is given as May 1841. Going back to the Swedish records on Ancestry, I find her in the list­ings as being born to Jöns Westersson and Elna Nilsdotter, 11 May 1841, and bap­tised on 13 May, both events hap­pen­ing in Gustav Adolf (Viby), Kristianstad län, Sweden.

I can tell already that these Swedish records are going to pro­vide a great deal of infor­ma­tion. I have yet to really delve into the house­hold exam­i­na­tions, which are like cen­sus records, but kept by the church on an annual basis.…

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