This is just an article I came across when I was doing some research on my mom’s family.  These people are not at all related to me, but I found it so interesting to read about a home brewery being raided.  Especially since my dad enjoys brewing his own beer.   It’s from 1924.

It sounds like the operation was pretty well concealed, but obviously not well enough!!  I’m not much of a drinker myself, but I still think that prohibition would have been a hard time to live through!!:)


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I can hardly believe that it’s MARCH already!  This is a big month for me.  A really busy month.  I have two kiddos with birthdays.  I’m walking a marathon – the Bataan Memorial Death March in just a few weeks.  I have a two-week long Spouse’s Leadership Development Course to take from 5-10 p.m. every night (so I can learn how to be a Sergeant Major’s wife!).  We have a week of spring break, which we will spend driving and hiking and sightseeing around Arizona and New Mexico.  I have a bunch of illegitimate Swedish ancestors to track down through the parish records. Oh, and I have to homeschool my 5 kids at some point in time.  Geesh!

I have big news too.  Well, news that big news is coming.  On Monday, we should find out where we’ll be moving to this June.  It’s exciting.  I am so incredibly anxious to find out, but I have to remind myself to not get too worked up about where we’re going, because until we’re physically there it could change.  I’m a seasoned Army wife, so I”m ready for the chaos when it comes.  I can’t help but hope that wherever we move, it’s either close to where some of my ancestors lived so that I can do some firsthand research or else close to one of the big conferences so I can attend one of them.

Well, on to this week’s favorite finds….

  • Did Some Dude on a Boat Decide Your Fate? over at Clue Wagon got me thinking.  I personally don’t live in the same place my ancestors lived, because we’re a nomadic Army family.  However, my mom does lived within two hours of where her Swedish grandparents immigrated to (Seattle) in the early 1900’s.  And we’ll be moving back there when my husband retires.  My husband’s family is in Douglas County, KS (and has been there since 1854).  They didn’t step off a boat, but moved from Virginia and have been in Kansas for over 150 years.  That’s a long time!
  • I love family heirlooms and thought that these glasses over at Nolichucky Roots were so special!
  • I’m really looking forward to the new Finding Your Roots show on PBS, which is premiering March 25th!!
  • This would be More Than I Could Stand also!  How hard to have been trying to plan a wedding and not have a mother there to help out.  I can’t wait to hear what happens next over at Family Archaeologist.

And a few pictures to share…

My daughter Katie, who just turned 10 a couple of weeks ago…

Ellie, who is 12 going on 20.The bag of dead animals my children dissected this week.  Homeschooling can be messy!!And some lovely chocolate-covered strawberries I had the pleasure of tasting at a baby shower last weekend.:)



  • Susan Clark - March 2, 2012 - 12:03 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Jen! Love your photos – especially those girls of yours. Enjoy the birthdays.ReplyCancel

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I am so surprised at how many of my Swedish ancestors were born out of wedlock during the 1800’s.  You would expect it to happen once in a while – and I had assumed that it must have been a shameful thing during that time period.  I am starting to think that it might not have been so bad though, because it wasn’t just my ancestors that were having babies without being married.  As I have been searching through the birth records, I’ve seen a surprising number of children whose parents weren’t married.

Here are some examples from various years of Swedish birth records of how the children born out of wedlock were marked on the birth registers:

The father often wasn’t named on the records, which is unfortunate.

Here is one instance from my own family tree, when the child was born out of wedlock, but then it was crossed out since the couple got married.:)  Pig. stood for an unmarried female.  The date given on the second line is when Carin married Per, one month after the baby was born.

  • Greta Koehl - February 28, 2012 - 6:51 pm

    This sounds like a phenomenon Warren Bittner found in doing research among German Protestant families (“The Bittner Bastards of Bavaria”). There were high illegitimacy rates, but they occurred among young adults in their 20s and even early 30s. They actually wanted to get married, but were prevented from doing so by town councils who had the power to refuse to issue approval for marriage. The phenomena leading up to this were usually something like the following: oldest son can follow father into a trade (for a fee), second son can also (for a much higher fee), third son and later are out of luck. Since they cannot pursue a trade, they end up being in a lower socioeconomic class, one that the town councils did not want to see perpetuated, so they would not approve the marriages. These people would continue to petition for approval, but meanwhile first, second, and even third children were being born…. A lot of these people ended up emigrating to America, for obvious reasons. At least one sibling of one of my husband’s ancestors came to this country with her (not yet) husband and their two oldest children.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - February 28, 2012 - 11:02 pm

      How interesting!! You both have given me a lot to think about – and made me realize that I really need to read up on my Swedish history!!ReplyCancel

  • shaz - February 28, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    This happened a lot in Bavaria in the early 1800s. The man had to prove he had the ability to take care of a family or the town fathers would refuse permission. After two or three children they would relent thinking the couple had a real commitment to each other.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Shenette - February 29, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    Hi Jen,

    I don’t research Swedes, but I did read something a while ago that might be of interest to you. I think it was in a biography I read about Jacob Riis. The book mentioned that with many young couples the woman was pregnant before marriage. Riis was Danish, but maybe this was common in Scandinavian countries. The couples were committed, but not married. The key was they intended to marry. Apparently, it was socially acceptable and not something that society looked down on. I can’t remember the exact reason, but it may have had something to do with the young man’s need to establish himself in his chosen line of work before committing to marriage. If you are interested the book is, The Other Half : The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America by Tom Buk-Swienty, New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2008.

    If you learn more about this I hope you do a post on it!


    • Jen - March 1, 2012 - 7:52 am

      Thanks Cynthia!! I’ll have to read that!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Nap - March 8, 2012 - 6:13 am

    Hello Jen,
    Whilst doing some research for an article on my great grandmother, I came across a Swedish researcher by the name of Anne-Sofie
    Kälvemark, she has published several reports on illegitimacy in Sweden. It reminded me of this article, might be worth wile to look into…ReplyCancel

    • Jen - March 8, 2012 - 7:56 am

      Thank you Lisa!!! I will look into that!!ReplyCancel

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Actually, this post is two weeks of my favorite finds.  I was MIA last week, sledding with my kids at White Sands National Monument.  So. Much. Fun.:)  I’ve been very busy with my genealogy these past couple of weeks – mostly working on my Swedish roots, but also delving a bit into my husband’s New York lines as well.

On to my favorite finds:

  • This evening’s edition of Geneabloggers Radio is all about African-American Resources.  I don’t have any African-American roots myself (at least not that I’ve found yet!) but it still sounds interesting to me.
  • Hitler, Hindenberg, & Homeland over at Collecting dead relatives…and live cousins! was a great read.  I love old letters.
  • I also enjoyed the post Generational Length at Irish Genealogy.  It’s amazing how different lines can have such drastically different generational lengths, putting your various sets of great-great-greats at such different time periods.
  • Fi.fa. Fo Fum!  was a very helpful post over at The Legal Genealogist.  Legal mumbo-jumbo is hard enough to understand without abbreviations.:)
  • Happy Birthday to Marian and her twin over at the other Climbing My Family Tree.  I just love the picture of them in the pram.
  • Cherie, why didn’t I get invited over to partake in the Fastnachts?  They look delicious!!:)  Head over to Have You Seen My Roots?  to get the recipe.
  • Here are a couple of blogs I started following this week: Picking Up Breadcrumbs and Throwaway map.
  • I’ve put my Flip Pal Scanner to good use, but have yet to try stitching anything together yet.  Karen over at Genealogy Frame of Mind shows an example of a document she put together.  The results are great!

And some pictures to share:

  • Marian - February 26, 2012 - 7:33 am

    Jen, thanks so much for the shout-out and bday greetings! Glad to see you’ve taken some time off for winter fun. Very little winter here in southern New England these days–and that’s a good thing :) Stay well!ReplyCancel

  • Judy G. Russell, CG - February 26, 2012 - 8:49 pm

    Thanks for the mention — and oh BOY do I love those pictures of your kids. The last one in particular is wonderful.ReplyCancel

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Thank you to my wonderful mother-in-law for sending a copy of this biography on my husband’s great-great grandfather, Peter Henry Weeks. The biography comes from the book entitled “Portrait and Biographical Record of Leavenworth Douglas and Franklin Counties Kansas” Chapman Publishing Company, Chicago, 1899, Pages 583-584.

I love how detailed the biography is – and all of the information it gives on Peter’s father, Samuel Weeks.  He moved around and switched jobs a lot, so it’s nice to see all of the dates and places listed out.  If only all of our relatives could have such thorough and informative biographies written about them.


Shortly after the close of the Civil War, in which he had borne arms for the government, Mr. Weeks came to Kansas and purchased the farm in Douglas County which he has since occupied. He has devoted himself assiduously to agricultural pursuits and has become known as one of the energetic, efficient farmers of Palmyra Township.  His landed possessions now aggregate two hundred and ten acres in Douglas County, one hundred and sixty in Logan County, this state, and four hundred and eighty in eastern Colorado. Of recent years he has given considerable attention to the breeding of Durham cattle, and it is his intention to use much of his land for ranching purposes. While in the army he saved $800, which, with money received by inheritance, formed the nucleus of his present property.

Mr. Weeks was born in Peekskill, N.Y., April 29, 1842. His father, Samuel, was born and reared in the same state, and in early life was clerk on a steamboat and also teacher of the officers’ children at West Point, but resigned the latter position in order to enter the ministry.  From 1848 to 1856 he was engaged as a Methodist Episcopal preacher in Indiana, after which he spent one year at Winterset, Iowa, thence went to Mount Ayr, Iowa, where he cultivated a farm and also carried on a general mercantile  store.  In the fall of 1865 he sold out there and moved to Pleasant Hill, Mo. , where he engaged  in merchandising for a year.  Next he settled in Baldwin,  Kans., where he was proprietor of a general store and also preached occasionally.  In 1875 he sold out here and returned to Jeffersonville, Ind., where he died at eighty-four years of age.  Politically he was a Republican. He was a son of Jesse Weeks, a farmer of New York, whose father, Thomas, was also a native of that state. The marriage of Samuel Weeks united him with Sarah Parks, who was born in New York and died in Baldwin, Kans., October 1, 1875, at sixty-five years of age.   She was connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church.   Of her three children, Mary is a widow and Lyman is a painter residing in Salida, Colo. The eldest of the family, our subject, was educated in public schools. In April, 1862, he enlisted in Company I, Fifth Missouri Cavalry, and was mustered in at St. Joe for three years. For a time he was stationed on the border and took part in skirmishes with the bushwhackers and with Quantrell’s men. He was mustered out at the end of fourteen months. August 22, 1863, he enlisted a second time, becoming a member of Company D, Eighth Iowa Cavalry, at Davenport. With his regiment he marched to Nashville, Tenn., and spent the winter in that city, going from there to Cleveland, the same state, and thence to the Atlanta campaign. During his service he had several narrow escapes but was never wounded nor taken prisoner. He was mustered out at Macon, Ga.,  in August 1865.

Returning home our subject remained there for a short time, then came to Kansas and settled in Douglas County, with the subsequent development of which he has been identified. He is a member of Seth Kelley Post No. 410, G.A.R. , at Vinland, also belongs to Palmyra Lodge No. 23 A.F. & A.M. , of Baldwin. His family are connected with the Methodist Church, and he is in sympathy with and contributes to, its maintenance, but is not identified with the congregation. By his marriage to Miss Julia Snyder , of Utica, Ind. , he had eight children, namely: Elizabeth, wife of H.E. Craig; Emma, who married Frank White and died at twenty-seven years; Mrs. Frances Williams; Floyd, who has charge of his father’s stock ranch in Colorado; Birdie, who died at five years; Homer, Alice, and Lyman, at home.


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