undefinedI feel so incredibly lucky to have Swedish roots.  Let me count the reasons…..

  1. I have absolutely fallen in love with the beautiful St. Lucia Day celebration.  I am bound and determined to attend one.  One of my favorite pictures is of my grandmother, participating in one of these lovely ceremonies.
  2. IKEA.  Who doesn’t love IKEA??:)
  3. The landscapes in Sweden are breath-taking.
  4. I always loved the Swedish chef from The Muppet Show.  Yes, I’m a child of the 80’s.
  5. For some reason, I really like Swedish names.  Lars. Gunnar. Brita. Elvy. And it cracks me up that my great-great grandfather’s middle name was Magnus.  I imagine him as a huge hulk of a man just because of that name.:)
  6. But by far my favorite thing about having Swedish roots is the fact that they kept such fantastic parish records!  Births, Deaths, Baptisms, Marriages, Moving records, and Household Examinations that list everything from birth dates and places, immigration information, shot records, and lots of other really helpful stuff.  Most of them go back to the early 1700’s and some further than that.  I have been having so much fun trying to decipher what I’ve found.

Do you have Swedish roots?

Have you traveled to Sweden to do research or simply visit?  Did you find long lost relatives still living there?

I would really love to go there someday.


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This post is going to be short, because I really have very little information on him.

Carl Gustaf Adolph Klarstrom was the third child of Carl Magnus Klarstrom and Christina Elisabeth Bennberg.

He was born on 6 Nov 1870 in Alvkarleby, Sweden – near Gavle. I found his birth in the Swedish parish records on Ancestry.

His family moved to Lenhovda, Sweden in 1885 and then on to Alem in 1889 where they only stayed for one year before moving again to Gavle, where they had lived before Carl’s birth.

His sisters were on a passenger list bound for America in 1910.  They listed him as their closest living relative – and stated that he lived in Gavle.

I found a Karl Klarstrom in 1893 on the SS Gallia arriving in New York.

I also found a Carl Klarstrom heading to Minnesota in 1901 who fits his age range.

I have no idea if either of these guys is him.

On one of the household examinations, it also mentioned that he immigrated.

He may have come to America for a time and then returned to Sweden though.

I did find a clue in Sweden, Births from the Swedish Death Index, 1947-2006 on Ancestry.  There was a Gustaf Adolph Klarstrom listed as being born 1 Nov 1871 in Alvkarleby.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t give a death date, but it does mean that he died in Sweden -if this his him.  I searched the parish records for that date and didn’t find anyone with a similar name born at that time, so I’m assuming that this is my guy and his birth date is simply incorrect in the Death Index (it’s a year and five days off).

Unfortunately, that’s all I have.  I know that there is more research I can do in the Swedish parish records, but it’s so difficult since…

  1. They are in Swedish, which I don’t speak
  2. The handwriting and abbreviations are sometimes hard to understand
  3. It isn’t indexed, which means I”m searching page by page

I might do a quick perusal, but this is definitely something I”m going to need to delve into when I have a bit more time on my hands.  So, in 15 years when all of my kids are grown up, maybe I”ll have the time to devote to it. :)

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The weeks are flying by.

I will have movers packing my house in 4 short weeks.  And I’m trying not to think about it.  So, instead of preparing for the move, I’m relaxing on the couch, getting caught up on some blog reading. :)

  1. I’ve been fascinated reading Judy’s accounts of her Mormon ancestors at Curbow-Montoya Family. I have Mormon ancestors also, but I don’t know if they were polygamists.
  2. Cherie from Have You Seen My Roots? shared her new family heirloom.
  3. Cousin Wendy is busy partying it up in New Orleans, but can’t seem to stay away from the cemetery, despite the fact that she has no family connection to the area.  I don’t blame her.  :)
  4. I also enjoyed Susan’s ( from Nolichucky Roots)  “Motor Frolics“.  I know nothing about cars whatsoever, but I love looking at pictures of old ones.
  5. I love the Ancestor Wall over at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  I would love to do something similar, someday when we’re in a permanent home.
  6. Jaisa, at Creative Gene, wrote a great post about her beloved MC.


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Christina Josefina Klarström was the second child of Carl Magnus Klarström and Christina Elisabeth Bennberg.

My last post was about her older sister, Maria Ottilia, who was born in 1865.

Christina Josefina was born 15 July 1868 in Gävle, Sweden.

Her parents were married one month before her birth. Perhaps they decided since they were about to have their second child, it was finally time to tie the knot.   Here is her birth record:

In 1869, a devastating fire hit Gävle.  It’s no surprise that family moved to nearby Alvkarleby in 1870.  They stayed there for about 16 years.

In 1883, Christina Josefina’s older sister Maria left for America.  I’m sure that she wrote letters home, telling of her adventures in Boston.  Her siblings must have been very excited to hear of her new life.

In 1885, the family moved again, this time to Lenhovda, Kronoberg, Sweden.  It is quite a ways from where they were living near Gavle.  This time, I really have no idea what prompted such a big move. You can see in the map below, how are they are from each other.

Christina Josefina didn’t live there for long though.  She followed in her older sister’s footsteps and left for America in 1887.  The passenger list from the SS Cephalonia listed her as a servant. It seems like there were many Swedish servants in the Boston area.

In any case, she only worked for a few years, because on 2 Mar 1890, she married Anton S. Jensen in Boston.  He was a native of Denmark and a barber by trade. He appears to have had his own shop.

Anton was naturalized in 1893:

They moved to Everett, Middlesex, Massachusetts – just north of Boston, where I was easily able to find them in the 1900-1930 census records.  They lived on Ferry Street for a number of years.

They had one son, Arthur H. Jensen, who sadly didn’t live for very long.  He was born 2 Feb 1891 and died 2 May 1891.  His death record didn’t state what happened, but it must have been a very sad time for this couple.

I found Christina Josefina on a passenger list for the SS Cephalonia (the same ship she had originally traveled on), which arrived in Boston from Liverpool in 1894.  No doubt, she was returning home after visiting her family in Sweden.

I found a picture of the SS Cephalonia at Norway-Heritage.  The site also has an entire timeline of the ship’s departures and arrivals – and those of many other ships too.

The most common route that my ancestors seem to have taken in their travels was : Goteborg, Sweden to Hull, England, then they would have to go across land to Liverpool, and then sail on to Boston or New York.  It must have been quite the trip!  I’m wondering how long she stayed to visit.

Anton and Josefina did end up having another child after the loss of their first baby. Flora E. Jensen was born about 1907.

After the 1930 census, I have lost the trail.

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