And just like that, my week of research in Salt Lake City is nearly through. I’ll be over at The Library again tomorrow, then it’s back home to Seattle. I had a huge list of things to work on while here and I’ve barely scratched the surface. It’s just so time consuming. Until this morning, I had spent all my time with just two microfilms from a single Swedish parish.
The picture above is the title page from Volume 1 of the Silte churchbooks. Silte, a small town on the island of Gotland in Sweden, was the birthplace of my great grandparents: Hans Hansson and Johanna Katrina Kristina Cederlund. Over the past couple days, I’ve found their birth and marriage records as well as those for their siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. Hans’ side of the family is full of farmers (he was a blacksmith). Hanna, on the other hand, comes from a long line of schoolmasters and parish clerks.
Oh, and there was one more surprise. I’ve managed to confirm something I’d stumbled on a couple months ago. My great-aunt Miemie, whose legal name here in Amerika was Vera Hanson, was born Agnes Henny Sevira Hansson. Agnes? Who knew?
This afternoon, I finally managed to move on to some other topics. Most notably, I found the Danish birth records for my great great grandfather, Heinrich Frederik Ludwig Mohr. That means I also discovered his parents: Jochim Hinrich Mohr and Emma Oline Marie Cathrine Petersen. Jochim was a switchman on the Sjaelland Railroad. Cool. I wonder what I’ll discover tomorrow.