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Joakim's notes about Sundberg-210

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When I started out I didn't knew that he was born Johannesson.

I looked at the sources we had for him for clues, specifically the census records. From the 1900 census we know that he has a son Frithiof from a previous marriage born June 1883 in Illinois. We also know that Theodore was born in august 1852 and that he immigrated in 1880.

I tried to find his death record hoping that it would contain his date of birth and possibly the names of his parents. I did find it, but it didn't provide any additional clues. And since he died in 1930 he wasn't included in the 1930 census.

Next I tried to find him in swedish records before he emigrated. I used the collection "Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880-1930" at FamilySearch ( I searched for Theodore Sundberg born between 1850 and 1855. There were not many hits. Theodore is not a common name, and especially not combined with his last name and age.

Some of the hits were:

Axel Teodor Sundberg b. 1850-06-07 Wermdö (Värmdö)
Adolf Theodor Sundberg b. 1855-05-08 Jerfsö (Järvsö)
Carl Teodor Sundberg b. 1854-09-26 Öregrund
Axel Teodor Sundberg b. 1854-09-10 Uddevalla
Oskar Teodor Sundberg b. 1851-12-23 Borås
Theodor Johannesson Sundberg b. 1853-08-18 Grinstad

You would need to go through each one and rule them out one by one. Eventually I got interested in Theodor Johannesson Sundberg. He appears in two records:

Here we learn that this Theodor has a son Frithiof Sundberg (!) born 1883-07-18 in Rockford, Illinois. Theodor had been living in America from 13/6 1881 to 1/8 1885 and was supposedly married there. The cleric isn't sure about his wife's name but think she is called "Maria".

In the next household examination book Theodor's wife is now living with him. Her name was Stina Maria Andersdotter and they had married 1881-05-15 in Chicago, Illinois. Theodor moves back with her and their son to America in 1887. (There's also a small note about Kajsa Lisa Håkansdotter from Edsby claiming he owes her money for child support.)

-- Axnér-3 22:33, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

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I wasn't interested in her at the time but I should be able to trace her. There's a small note in the second household examination record that she's from Upplunda in the same parish (Övre Ullerud).
posted by Joakim Axnér
Yes! This is helpful. I believe I have some more information on Frithiof Sundberg including records I thought partially incorrect as they list Gustafsdotter-337 as his mother, which did not make sense to me. Do you have enough info to add Frithiof's mother, and maybe I can add Frithiof?
posted by Susan Keil