The maternal grandfather's genealogy is presently the focus of a dedicated cousin. My maternal grandmother's genealogy is being championed by my mother. My paternal grandmother comes from several large southern families whose genealogies are well documented. My current pursuit 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 Hugo's parents Claus and Hilda Johnson, respectively. The current owners of an ancestral home in Vänga, called Enebacken, warmly 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.
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 daughter Hildur. Hildur assembled some cherished mementos into scrapbooks. When Hildur died in 1994, Hildur's beloved niece Sarajane Johnson became responsible 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. Processing, translating, and properly sharing this digital collection is one of my current ongoing projects.
In the same month, I visited the Swenson Center in Rock Island, Illinois and viewed their microfilm records of Bethel Lutheran Church in Braddock, PA. This was an important cultural center for the 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.
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