dead end? trying to find Jahn Unknown Berg dob abt 1858 sweden

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looking for birth or christening records for Jahn unknown Berg abt 1858-1933 born sverige (sweden) died borgholm, mille lacs, Mn. and wife Mina "Minnie" unknown Simonson born abt april 1862 norge (norway) I have been unable to find further info. they were married may 4 1895 Ramsey co. mn. With an alternate date a week later in Rice co. Mn. but had a daughter nelly b. berg born 1890. Minnie arrived i dont know if simonson was her maiden name or if she had been previously married. any info or ideas on where i should look for info? exhausted everything i can think of. have not found immigration other than census which states minnie arrived 1890 & Jahn Berg arrived 1888 or 1889. I was orphaned young and have very little info to go on. I can tell you their children were Nelly B. Berg born 1890 no more info., Oscar David George Berg died1981 , Clara L. Berg ( poss. A teacher in Ramsey co. Mn.) Martin Hjalmer Berg ( died 1991) and Vivian Alida Berg born 1902 died abt 1993 (sometimes called Ida on census) . Any help on Jahn, Mina, Nelly, or Clara would be much appreciated. Any idea where I may search to find records myself would be great as well.
WikiTree profile: John Berg
in Genealogy Help by Heather Shaw G2G1 (1.2k points)

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A good free site with the same marriage info you have is                 It's free and has additional information including the following:

John Berg in entry for Jenny Magda Berg,

"Minnesota, Deaths and

Burials, 1835-1990"

Name: Jenny Magda Berg
Gender: Female
Burial Date:  
Burial Place:  
Death Date: 23 Oct 1906
Death Place: Borgholm Tp., Mille Lacs, Minnesota
Age: 0
Birth Date: 1906
Birthplace: Borgholm
Race: White
Marital Status: Single
Spouse's Name:  
Father's Name: John Berg
Father's Birthplace: Sweden
Mother's Name: Mina Simonson
Mother's Birthplace: Norway
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B02074-7
System Origin: Minnesota-EASy
GS Film number: 2117559
Reference ID:


by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
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This might be helpful, I havn't come upon a good emigration site yet but if I do I'll keep you in mind!

Mina could be short for Helmina, Vilhelmina, Benjamina, you get the picture ( This is a link to a swedish site with different ways of spelling and variations on common  names. If they had the same "rules" in norway as in sweden at the time Mina´s surname would be a "simonsdotter" and she would not take her husbands name at marriage. I'm not sure if the tradition was the same in norway but it might give you some leads.

Many scandinavian names where changed when people emigrated, take Carl for example often ended up as Charles.

Also a lack of spelling rules makes it sometimes dificult to know how a name was spelled and if was pretty much up to the priest taking notes and the literate person him/herself to decide. 

Therefor Jahn, could also be noted as Johan, John, Jöns, Hans, John, Joen, Jan och Ivan, Johannes ( same link but with male names.

Hopes some of this helps.



by Marinetta Törnberg G2G2 (2.2k points)

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