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Slight Silte

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.