One of my pet peeves is when a death certificate has unknown written for the parents. Really? You really couldn’t find out who this person’s parents were??
I had really been hoping that the death certificate of my great-great grandmother, Christina (Söderlund) Bergman would list her parents’ names. I know who her mother was, but she was born out of wedlock and her father was not listed on her birth certificate. Her mother married Jonas Söderlund about 10 years after she was born and I’m not sure if he was her real father or not. I was hoping that this might clear that up, but it didn’t. Her parents are actually listed as “unobtainable” which surprises me. She lived with her bachelor son, who is old enough to have known his grandmother (her mother). I’m not sure why at least her name isn’t listed – especially since he was listed as the informant.
She died tragically – she was hit by a car. Maybe the trauma of the event clouded his memory.
It looks like I’m going to have to do some serious digging in the Swedish parish records to solve the mystery of her birth father.