What a name!

Napoleon Victorinus Klarström was the seventh child of Carl Magnus Klarström and Christina Elisabeth Bennberg.

He was born 26 February 1880 in Alvkarleby, Sweden – south of Gavle.

His father is again listed as “Klamparen”.  I got another answer to my question on the boards at Genealogy Wise and now I know that a Klampare was: A foreman or supervisor at a lumberyard whose task it is to oversee the sorting of wood that is left over from the saw mill. This sorting was organized into six classifications. The classifications vary according to the production.

Napoleon moved with his family from Alvkarleby to Lenhovda, then to Alem, and finally to Gavle in 1890 – where his father died that same year.  He would have been about ten years old at the time.

I have yet to find the family in the household examinations in Gavle, so I’m not sure how long Napoleon lived.  I didn’t find any immigration records on him, so I don’t believe he left Sweden like the majority of his siblings.

More mysteries to solve.

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One week before the NGS Conference starts, all of my worldly possessions will be packed up and shipped to El Paso.  I will be “homeless” until we get our new home in Texas.  I’ve decided that I need to come up with a checklist for what I need at the conference, otherwise it might get packed up!!

Here are some of the things on my list (besides the obvious clothes and toiletries):

  • My computer (although I’m not sure if I want to lug it around during the conference or simply use it in the evening in the hotel).
  • My phone and charger (and hopefully I can remember to actually charge my phone.  I’m so horrible at that.)
  • Snacks and drinks.
  • “Business cards” (even though I don’t have a business)  I thought it would be handy to share contact info with long lost cousins, fellow bloggers, and other cool people I might meet that week. Have any of you done this before?
  • A printed syllabus of the classes I’m planning on taking
  • Pens and paper to take notes.
  • Enough money to buy a Flip Pal.  I’m totally getting one.
  • My daughter.  She’s going to be attending with me.  I have plans to make her my minion. I’m not sure she knows this yet.:)
  • My family tree info (on my computer of course).  I think I might carry it on a flash drive too.
  • Comfy shoes

Any other suggestions from you seasoned veterans out there??  What’s in your suitcase?  What are the must haves?

  • Cynthia Shenette - April 17, 2011 - 10:48 am

    As someone who’s recently attended a conference, your list sounds right on! Clearly you are a mom. Moms always think to bring snacks and drinks–always ready to pull a juice box out of a handbag at any time! I brought snacks and drinks too. Just an FYI from someone who travels quite a bit, mini fridges aren’t a standard in hotel rooms the way they use to be. Last summer one hotel we stayed at wanted to charge $30 a day! I also brought my computer to the conference with me. I didn’t lug it to the sessions, but left it in my room. I was happy to know I had it just in case.

    Good luck with moving, and enjoy the conference!ReplyCancel

  • Linda McCauley - April 17, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Definitely do the business cards.

    If you are thinking of carrying your laptop during the day to access the web, you can probably leave it in the room. Most conference centers don’t offer free wi-fi. (That was a surprise to me the 1st time I attended a conference.)

    Return address labels are handy for registering for drawings in the Exhibit Hall.

    A camera.

    Hope I see you there.ReplyCancel

  • Shaz - April 17, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    Do not take your computer with you to
    the conference. You will be surprised
    at how heavy it gets and so quickly.
    My husband is paranoid so ours always g
    gets hidden in a suitcase in our hotel
    room. They have been known to grow
    legs and disappear. Also take some
    kind of wrap or sweater, those conference
    hall rooms can get very chilly.ReplyCancel

  • Greta Koehl - April 17, 2011 - 8:09 pm

    Comfortable shoes. Clothes that don’t feel icky-sticky if it’s hot. Business cards are a good idea; I have some cheapie cards I use that at least have my blog URL and e-mail on them – there’s sure to be some sort of blogger meet-up.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Coffin - April 17, 2011 - 8:57 pm

    Business cards are a must. You can give them to new friends and put them in for vendor drawings. Take some blank cards too for those people you meet who don’t have their own. That way you’ll have their contact information. Have fun! Blog often!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - April 17, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Thanks everyone for the great advice!

    I have a wireless cell thingy for my computer (not sure of the technical term) but my laptop is really heavy. I think that I’ll probably be to busy to use it much anyway, so I suppose leaving it in the hotel might be a better idea. :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather Rojo - April 18, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    I agree with all the advice, especially the comfy shoes and the address stickers for drawings! I don’t have a business, but I brought cards my daughter made for me with my contact info and blog URL. I gave and got tons of cards! I also practiced a two or three sentence “elevator speech” to say when I met folks, to describe my blog on the fly. It came in handy not just in the elevator, but in the ladies room, at luncheons and banquets, at cocktail hours, etc… I learned this the hard way when on the first morning I just said “ummmm”. I prepared one and had it down pat by lunch time!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - April 30, 2011 - 1:13 am

    Jen, your list sounds spot on, and it is helping me make MY list. There is a blogger meet up on Tuesday night – are you going? Also, what are you wearing during the day – jeans??? business casual??? When they say comfy shoes, I’m thinking my Reeboks! LOL I’m looking forward to seeing you there!ReplyCancel

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Week 15. Sports. Did you have a favorite sports team as a child? If so, which one and why. Did your parents follow the same teams? Do you still support the same teams?

I wasn’t really big into watching sports when I was a kid.  My dad liked to watch football (and still does) so it was often on TV.  We rooted for Seattle SeaHawks since we’re from Washington. I went to a few Mariner’s games as a kid, but other than that I don’t think that I ever attended any professional sports games growing up.

I went on to marry a man who doesn’t watch sports. AT ALL.  We turn the Super Bowl on every year, but we seriously have to check to see who is playing and then choose someone to root for.  Sometimes we root for both teams. I guess we’re strange.

Even though I have never enjoyed watching sports very much, I was very athletic growing up.  I played volleyball, basketball, softball, and golf in high school.   I even went on to play 2 years of volleyball in community college and really enjoyed it.

My Grandpa Thornton was pretty good at playing basketball from what I’ve been told. I believe this picture was taken in high school.

My dad was athletic too – he played football in high school and college and went by the nickname “Thunder”.  My mom had that painted on her wall (they were high school sweethearts).

My sister (whom everyone calls “Thor”) is way more athletic than I could ever hope to be though.  She was an All American in the discus in college and even made it to the Olympic trials.  She competes in Highland Games and lifts lots of weights. She works as a strength training coach at a university now.  She’s really strong.  And I am a complete wimp compared to her.  Especially now that I’ve had five children and my body is no longer in harmonious conjunction with my mind.  I don’t think that I could hit a volleyball if I tried.:)

Maybe I’ll get off my rear end and find an old ladies volleyball league when we move to Texas.:)  Genealogy is definitely not a very active hobby….


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I survived Disney World with the kids again this week. Phew!  It was fun, but absolutely exhausting. (Here are my youngest 3 kids  with Buzz)

I’m happy to be back home, on my comfy couch, catching up on my blog reading.

Here’s my list of great posts I found this week:

  1. This week marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  Bill West challenged us to write a post about our Civil War ancestors and many people joined in.  His post “The Civil War Genealogy Blog Challenge” is a great place to find some Civil War reads!
  2. I enjoyed ” Maritime Monday: John Clifton Brannon” on A Few Nuts From the Tree.  I loved the newspaper article she found about the bride’s father’s reaction to their wedding.  I don’t think they were ever eating Thanksgiving dinner together.
  3. Vickie at Be Not Forgot posted a lovely printable kinship chart in her post “Tech Tuesday: Kinship Chart“.
  4. I loved Judy of Curbow-Montoya Family’s post on “Ancestor Envy“.  I like to convert people too.:)
  5. Cheryl Palmer of Heritage Happens continued her series on the Great Swedish Adventure.  I can’t wait to see if she gets on the show!  Good luck Cheryl!!!
  6. If you haven’t done it yet, make your blog mobile.  A lot of us blog readers are nerds with smart phones and we like to read on the go.:)  Head over to the Find My Ancestors Blog to the post “Mobile Monday: More Mobile Friendly Blogs” to find out how.
  7. Heather from Nutfield Genealogy was surprised to learn that the National Archives read her blog post.:)You never know who is reading your blog!
  • Heather Rojo - April 15, 2011 - 9:44 am

    Jen, thanks so much for mentioning my NARA blog posts on your list. Yes, Big Brother is watching! LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Bill West - April 15, 2011 - 10:38 am

    Thanks for the mention , Jen! :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather Roelker - April 15, 2011 - 12:26 pm

    We are heading out this weekend to WDW. It will be our first time with the tots…wish us luck! We are too excited!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Palmer - April 18, 2011 - 1:29 am

    Love the picture Jen! We took our grandchildren to Disneyland last Oct and Buzz was the biggest hit!

    Thank you for following my blog posts and mentioning the Great Swedish Adventure too!ReplyCancel

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A few weeks ago, I posted this picture of some women on a beach.  I had absolutely no info on who these women were, when the picture was taken, or what beach this might be. I’m inclined to think that the woman on the right is one of my Grandpa Don’s sisters though.

I was so surprised and excited when Misty Cotton emailed me the other day, telling me that she actually recognized the beach!  It is the pier at Oceanside, California.  And that’s not all, she actually went down to the pier and took pictures for me!!  What a sweetheart!

undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedIt’s so neat to look at the pictures and see what changes have been made since the first picture was taken. The arches were enclosed, the lamps changed, and some new areas have been built up.  The pier itself looks the same though!

I still don’t know who the women are, but I now know where the picture was taken.  Part of the mystery is solved.  Thank you Misty!

  • Lisa Wallen Logsdon - April 13, 2011 - 8:52 am

    What a great picture, love the dresses! How neat that someone saw and recognized the beach and even better, sent you current photos that showed the match! Very cool!ReplyCancel

  • Marian Wood - April 13, 2011 - 9:46 am

    Jen, Really interesting photos…I’m so glad you partially solved the mystery. Misty’s a genealogy angel!ReplyCancel

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