05 March 2010

A New Leaf...

A Swedish Mystery....solved!

My paternal grandparents Alice & Ray, with Little David, my dad
 Spring 1943

When I was growing up, we spent quite a bit of time with my dad's Swedish family in Minnesota.  At the time the above picture was taken, my dad's own paternal grandparents, Swedish immigrants who met and married after reaching the States...were living in their home.  His maternal grandparents, however, were already gone to be with the Lord and my grandma...rarely..if ever..spoke of them.

Pretty much all I knew was this...

My grandma was the 13th of 14 children born to Otto and Edla Sofia.  I wish, oh..how I wish that I had thought to ask her more about her family when she was still with us.  I didn't even know what my great grandmother looked like.  I have a fine picture of my great grandpa Otto, with his spectacles and handle bar mustache.     


{Not the best copy...I know..but the picture is too fragile to remove from the frame.}

But my great grandmother Sofie's likeness remained a mystery...

...until a few weeks ago...

I was doing a little research on ancestry.com and happened upon a very rare leaf beside Sofie's name.

A distant cousin had added this picture to my great grandma's page!

And then...whilst looking through my own collection of family pictures I came across this...


Thank you, dear cousin, for solving this mystery for me!

If you are interested in family history and still have elder family members with you...

ask them questions!

I certainly wish I had.  My maternal aunt and I have been extensively researching our family for 2 years.  Ancestry.com has been a wonderful resource.  


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Have a beautiful Weekend!

: )

Julie M.

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