Little Mysteries Solved

A while back, I posted a 10-part series on the Klarström family – my great-grandmother and each of her 9 siblings.  I posted what I knew about each of them {and for some of them I knew next to nothing}.

I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email from a third cousin in Sweden who was also starting research on this family.  He was able to visit with an older family member and look through a stack of about 50 old letters and cards from the 50’s and 60’s – correspondence back and forth between the family in Sweden and the US.

One of the letters provided a wealth of genealogical information.  It was listing what had happened to each of the siblings, as far as was known.  And it has given me new avenues and places to search.

The letter gave us more info on the families of the siblings who settled in the US, but there were a few of my great-grandma’s siblings who seemed to just disappear off the face of the earth.  Or at least out of the records I had searched.  And now I know the reason why – one of the brothers was a sailor, another had a claim in Alaska during the Gold Rush, and another was a sailor who ended up raising sheep and goats in Australia.  How exciting!!

So, where do I go from here?  I’m actually not sure.  Are there gold rush claim records?  Is there an Australian census in the early 1900’s?  These are questions that I don’t yet know the answer to, but I’m looking forward to continuing the search!!


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