Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Talaasen Serendipity

Sometimes things in the genealogy world happen so fast that I really need to stop, take a deep breathe and analyze what is happening. We are all excited to make connections with new cousins. I was thrilled do have a comment left for me on my blog May 6, 2015 from what I found out later was a new cousin. She saw her grandmother's name in my blog and wanted to know if I had any information about her. This cousin unfortunately never had an opportunity to meet her grandmother.

We had a couple of conversations and before I knew it I was emailing with her father, my third cousin once removed. He is working on his memoirs and offered to share with me after he did a corrections check through out. In the meantime my cousin in Washington and another in Montana and I are sharing information with our new cousins in Colorado! It is so exciting!

On May 17, after communicating with my cousin in Washington about our new found cousins and photos shared, (I absolutely love photos, but who doesn't?) there was a mention made that he had received contact from someone who was looking for a woman in Colorado. She bore the same name and was in the same line as our newly found cousins. Without hesitation I whipped up a note to my cousin in Colorado and asked if she knew who the female was that this person was looking for. It turns out this female was our cousin in Colorado's mother! Wow, what timing! If there wasn't so much excitement already going on I may have taken the moment to look in my family tree, or re-read the emails we had shared to know the woman was her mother.

The person asking about her mother lives in Norway. Just a small thing I didn't mention. Norway!! Yes, this has been my next steps in my genealogy, finding living family in Norway! I sent my newest cousin a message with the information she was looking for and we all became a circle of cousins, sharing...sharing information and photos. 

This morning, May 19, my newly found cousin in Norway shared with me that her mother asked to connect with me, she was so excited about having family in the United States. Needless to say, I have made that connection also. 

This all happened so fast! There has been four new connections, all in the same line. The connections happened so quickly, it was serendipity, kismet, meant to be! So, I am once again sidetracked from working in my genealogy program, scanning, filing, etc. But, I wouldn't have it any other way. After all, this has always been my goal, to meet LIVING family members first! Learn their stories, get their insight and knowledge, be their cousin and friend while I still can. 

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Monday, May 11, 2015

"My" Swedish Adventure ~ Resan ~ Next On The Agenda ~ Post 40


Spending a few days in London with friends we met on our Mediterranean Cruise was great fun. We were excited they would come and stay with us and act like tourists too! We enjoyed seeing them again, it was great!

Now however, we agreed that a cruise was in order, I needed to keep my husband happy for most of this trip. He was too excited about going to Sweden but he was doing it for me. He Loves cruising, and actually I do also.

So what cruise did we do? A Baltic Cruise! It left from Harwich, London and returned to London, although we jumped ship at the last stop before London. 

We were booked on this ship ~

Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas!
This cruise was a 12 day cruise. And what a cruise it was! We have never been on a bad cruise, but this one was extra special to me because it was a part of, "My" Swedish Adventure. We were gone on my adventure for 28 days. The longest vacation we have seen yet. I am so very grateful to have made this trip. Never in a million years did I dream I would have a month like this one.

After we boarded we walked around the ship and went outside to watch when the ship pulled away from the harbor. This is when we saw this ~

One lone man, standing on a mat serenading us all with bagpipes. I am not sure who this was suppose to be for, but we all enjoyed the music. Here he is a bit closer.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

"Erick Söderlund" ~ 1900 census

I know Erik Söderlund was born in Indalsliden, Sweden. He came to the United States in 1899, when he was about 32 years old. Erik lived in the United States applying for an emergency passport in April 1917. At that time he was 48 years old and was spending a month in Sweden. 

I know he lived in Verndale, Minnesota. Verndale is not far from Wadena, where other family members are from. Verndale and Wadena are almost smack dab in the middle of the state. Now, I wonder when he actually settled in Verndale and what did he do for a living? Time to look at some censuses.

I found "Erick Söderlund" (notice the spelling) in Boston City, Suffolk, Massachusetts in the 1900 census. At the time, Erik was a lodger, 31 years old. He worked as a day laborer who could read, write and speak English. Of course, his parents and he were from Sweden. But is this really my "Erik Söderlund?" 

Here are the facts:
   1899 - Arrival in US - Abt. 32 yrs.
   1900 - Lodger, 31 yrs.
      1917 - Application for Emergency Visa - 48 yrs. 

I believe it is, but let's look in another census soon!

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