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 (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2790465). 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:
- Household examination record dated 1881-1885 in Övre Ullerud AI:19, page 341
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".
- Household examination record dated 1886-1890 in Övre Ullerud AI:20, page 62
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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