Marta Johnson
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Marta Johnson

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Communication Preferences: I am interested in communicating private message with cousins and anyone else with an interest in genealogy. Here is my family tree.
My ancestors were early Dutch settlers, immigrants from Sweden, England, Germany, Scotland... They were developers, wooden shoe makers, proto social workers, mahogany merchants, Revolutionary War Patriots (and probable Loyalists), Confederate soldiers & Yanks whose wealth came from making ammunition. They were generations of slave-holders of enslaved African-Americans in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, & Tennessee, and probable slave-holders who made a living on sugar plantations in Barbados.
Marta N. Johnson
Born 1980s.
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of DNA confirmed and DNA confirmed
Sister of [private brother (1980s - unknown)] and [private brother (1980s - unknown)]
Mother of [private son (2000s - unknown)], [private daughter (2000s - unknown)], [private son (2010s - unknown)] and [private son (2010s - unknown)]
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Biographical Bullet Points

Marta was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the G2G Forum!
  • 1982: Born in Seattle, Washington, USA. Two younger brothers.
  • 2000 - 2004: Attended liberal arts college. Studied Chinese, Theater, and Opera Production.
  • Nov 2005: Met future-spouse at the university in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Apr 2008: Birth of son in hospital.
  • Jul 2009: Married spouse in a civil ceremony by Frau Jürges at the Standesamt am Kloster in Ribnitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
  • Oct 2009: Birth of daughter in hospital.
  • Feb 2012: Birth of son at home.
  • Apr 2015: Birth of son at home.

The Genealogy Thing

Secret Santa Challenge
Marta gifted some WikiTree kindness during the 2022 Secret Santa!

The maternal grandfather's genealogy is well researched and well documented by my cousin Tom. He has shared his research here on WikiTree and over at Geneanet but the really good reading is over at his site Family History Notes. My research on this branch is built off of his.

I've been collaborating with my mother on my maternal grandmother's line. Her family tree centers on New Jersey and New York, but eventually leads to Winterbach (Pfalz), Bebra (Kurhessen), Barbados, Holland, England and Scotland. Her g-g-grandfather had a particularly interesting life as a kind of social worker running orphan trains out of New York City. Memorably, our work on this line has included a wonderful visit in early Mar 2020 to the Department of Archives in Black Rock, Barbados -- just as the world was shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

My paternal grandmother comes from several large southern families whose genealogies seem to be pretty well documented. I put some work into her grandfather Ellis, who was a Confederate veteran in the U.S. Civil War. I visited his company line at Vicksburg in May 2022.

I enjoy helping friends and family puzzle out their roots and break brick walls. I practice conventional paper-trail genealogy as well as genetic genealogy, building out trees of DNA matches and looking for overlap.

The Swedish Connection

A big pursuit of mine has been to research and document my paternal grandfather's side, an extended family of Swedish-Americans and their descendants:

In Dec 2005 and Aug 2014, I made visits to the towns of Vänga and Örsås, the home parishes of my great-grandparents. The current owners of an ancestral home in Vänga welcomed me and my family and let us camp on the property for a couple of nights. I've shared photos and maps from that visit on Enebacken's page.

Enebacken Torp in Vänga, Västra Götaland, Sweden

In Nov 2015, I visited the Swenson Center in Rock Island, Illinois and viewed their microfilm records of Bethel Lutheran Church in Braddock, PA. The church was an important cultural center for the local Swedish community in the first half of the 20th century. The Swenson Center also houses the microfilm archives of the Svenska Veckobladet, which was a Swedish language weekly newspaper published out of McKeesport, PA, and the go-to publication for sharing important news in the Swedish-speaking community around Pittsburgh. It's chock full of social mentions related to the Swedish-Americans in my family.

My great-grandmother Hilda kept a collection of old family photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, postcards, books, and other sentimental personal items. This, along with some items from Hilda's niece Esther Holmquist, was inherited by her daughter Hildur. Hildur assembled cherished mementos into scrapbooks. When Hildur died in 1994, Hildur's beloved niece Sarajane Johnson became the caretaker for much of the collection.

On a visit in Nov 2015, Sarajane gave me generous access to this collection. I scanned a large percentage of the items. Many letters and postcards are yet untranslated from their original Swedish. Sarajane later sent me two photo albums from circa 1890-1910. Processing, translating, and properly sharing this collection digitally has one of my ongoing projects. This includes hunting down and reaching out to (cold-messaging) distant cousins who may have an interest.

On WikiTree

I manage a couple of Space pages that relate to my family:

Related Sites

Outside of WikiTree, you can find me a these other related sites:


I have access to a number of online databases and I'm glad to assist you by looking things up in these sources:

I am also a supporting member of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, and the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College.


DNA tests on 23andMe and have confirmed both my paternal and maternal relationships.

Conventional genealogies of my DNA matches appear to agree with my documented paper-trail genealogical lines back to my:


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It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Marta or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Marta Johnson: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup T2d1, FTDNA kit #MK72590, MitoYDNA ID T17920 [compare]
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Hello Marta,

Thanks again for signing up to RAWK five fellow WikiTreers in the month of March.

Here is your RAWKERs sticker code. To display this on your profile, just add curly brackets at each end:

Community Event |image=WikiTree_Event_Images-1.png |text=was a RAWKER |event=We Will RAWK You Event

If you're on Discord, please do join us on the We Will RAWK You channel using this link:

If you're not yet on Discord, this Help page should get you going:

Looking forward to researching with you!


posted by Kathy (Urbach) Nava
Thank you SO much for breaking down a 50+ Brick Wall on Thressa (Schuch) Patak. You have given our family a very special gift this year.
posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
edited by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Hey Sandy, I'm so glad to help coax a few more branches onto your family tree. A brittle old wall is satisfying to punch through. I may try to bush it up a little more -- maybe we get another generation or two? Wishing your clan a happy close to 2022 and a nice slide into 2023.
posted by Marta Johnson
Hello Marta,

During the winter, the Nordic Project performed check-ins, sent as a private message from your profile. You are one of those members who has not replied, and this is a last chance to get in touch and let me know if you like to continue as member in the Nordic Project.

Please answer this comment, and get in touch by sending me a private message. If we have not heard from you within a month you will be removed from the Nordic google group and your badge will be removed.

If you have not received any check-in emails, you might want to check that your email adress for WikiTree is one you actually still use.

Thank you!

Missy Berryann Co-Leader, Nordic Project

posted by Missy Berryann
Marta, thank you so much for helping with the Jimmy Wales Challenge!
posted by Maggie N.
Hi again,

I sent you a message a couple of weeks ago on behalf of the Germany Project and have not yet heard back from you. I hope you are well!

If I don’t hear back from you by the end of April, I will assume you no longer wish to be a member of the Germany Project and I’ll go ahead and remove you from our member roster. You are, of course, welcome to rejoin at any time via our G2G sign-up post.

Best wishes,

Traci ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen

The Germany Project Leaders are doing their semi-annual check-in with all project members and we want to verify that you’re still interested in being a member of the Project. Please respond by private message and let me know.

REMINDER: We use Google Groups for project collaboration and you aren’t yet a member of the group, please submit a join request here (make sure to add your name/WikiTree ID to the request).

Are you currently working with one of our Sub-projects or Teams? If not, take a look at our main Project page for a full list. We recently launched a new Profile Improvement Team and are seeking new team members. Let me know if you’re interested.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Traci ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen
I like to check my relationship with the "action" people on WikiTree. I found we share Great Grandfather Philip Marmion (1210-1291) (certain). He is my Grandfather twice; for my paternal Grandmother (Coe-2227) and my paternal Grandfather (Barbour-1017).
posted by George Kellogg
Nice to meet you, great-grandniece of wife of 6th cousin 3x removed. Cool major.
posted by Scott Hutchins
Hi Marta,

It was interesting reading your story on your Wikitreer of the week page. You mentioned some surnames, three of which I also have in my family tree. They are Naylor, Robinson and Watson. Also we are very distantly related through WELLES, 18th cousins!

Marsha Cramer Baker

posted by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
edited by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
Marta, it seems we are related very distantly! My interest was grabbed by your swedish family. I don't have any swedish roots that I know, but during this pandemic I have begun to learn svenska. Just because.

Kay Tindel

posted by Kay Tindel
It’s seems that we are related through the Gillespie family of Boaz,Al.

Sarah Dickson Park

posted by Sarah Dickson
Oh yeah! Looks like we share Baskin and Stuart ancestors. You're my dad's 5th cousin! That's pretty close compared to most of the other folks here. Nice to meet you, cousin!
posted by Marta Johnson
That’s interesting my name is Gillespie and I am related. My Paternal Grandfather was Gillespie and my Maternal Grandfather was Johnson. Congratulations on the Superstar Badge.
posted by Rick Gillespie
It’s always fun to find new cousins! I really like Wikitree.
posted by Sarah Dickson
From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
Thanks friends! I appreciate the love.
posted by Marta Johnson
Hi Marta,

Welcome to the Germany Project. Please read the Germany project page add GERMANY to your list of followed tags, and can you please send me a private message with your email address so i can add you to our Google Group. The group is where our project communicates.

Thanks for joining, I look forward to working with you.

Kylie Haese ~ Germany Project Leader

posted by Kylie Haese
Marta, are you related to the Watsons? They are my cousin Gail's family, have you met?
posted by H Husted
Marta and Charles are 6th cousins

Marta Johnson and Charles Onstott are both descendants of Isham Nettles.

posted by Charles Onstott
You're very welcome! You were very helpful to me and I felt that you deserved recognition for it. If you would like to help locate Jöns' descendants, that would be great. Thanks again! :)
posted by E. Gatlin
Hi Marta and welcome to Wikitree. I live not so far from Örsås in Västra Götaland.

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