I have been doing genealogy since the end of 2011, when I had been retired for about six months. I came to WikiTree in the middle of February 2016. Over six years by now!!
These people were self-owned farmers, or farmers on contract to a manor. My great grandfather Johannes was the one to leave the area to become a school teacher not far from Gothenburg. He brought his young wife Anna from the home village and adopted the family name Ekeblad, thereby leaving the patronymic system in the 1880s. Anna was one of The Last Dotters.
I'm not very interested in the genealogy of the expired noble Ekeblad lines - we are not related, and Eva Ekeblad isn't me (although now I'm her profile manager). It MAY have been a cheeky gesture from my great grand and his brothers when they picked the family name. But they were also not the only ones. I once did a little study of this, and there are about ten different Ekeblad families, who picked the name between 1840 and 1890. The spelling "Ekblad" is more common.
The ancestors of my maternal grandparents came from the iron making districts in Bergslagen or from the farming country around lakes Mälaren and Hjälmaren. Since my mother was born in Arboga, that's where they all gravitated - mostly by marrying from parish to parish, going south or west by the generation. I just love Bergslagen, particularly Skinnskatteberg parish where I have shared ancestry with several WikiTreers - and the church records go far back.
Among the iron makers there were some immigrants from Germany or Wallonie back in the 16- and 1700s. There were also some internal migrants - supernumerous and enterprising sons and daughters from down in Västergötland moving north to the iron frontier in the 1600s. The surname of my morfar and the maiden name of my mormor were both "frozen" patronymics - Persson and Pettersson. I have gathered the freeze points in my family tree on a free-space page: Space:Freeze_points_in_Evas_tree
The ancestors of my paternal grandmother are the most mixed bunch. Her mother was descended from crofters in Uppland. It was the grandparents of my farmor who left the crofter's life for Stockholm, where Per Olsson adopted the surname Lindgren circa 1859 and became a customs officer. In the service he was sent north to the coast of Hälsingland with his family, and spent the 1870s there, before returning to Stockholm - leaving my great grandmother Augusta, who had found a husband up north. Gustav Lindström. The father of Gustav, in his turn, was born in Rättvik, but had migrated with his father and siblings to Hälsingland in 1836. They were charcoal makers, who became sawmill workers when the market and industry changed. Håman Olof Olsson and his brothers left the patronymic system and the farm naming system of Dalarna in the 1840s and adopted the surname Lindström. Olof Lindström had all his ancestors in Rättvik - and this is a part of my tree which I have worked on entering here. The wife of Olof Lindström was Apollonia Nilsdotter Brodin with a fascinating ancestry consisting of smiths and charcoal makers in southern Hälsingland. This branch was my experiment with a GEDCOM import; I hope I have cleaned it up by now (six years later).
Eva is 16 degrees from John Alden, 17 degrees from William Bradford, 17 degrees from William Brewster, 17 degrees from John Cooke, 18 degrees from Edward Doty, 19 degrees from John Howland, 22 degrees from Christopher Jones, 17 degrees from Henry Samson, 19 degrees from George Soule, 18 degrees from Myles Standish, 19 degrees from Elizabeth Winslow and 24 degrees from David Hamilton on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.