Sunday, April 20, 2014

Week 1 - My Family History Calendar

This week on my Scandia Musings Family History Calendar (or I need a prompt that will help me blog at least once a week!)

A few of the surnames and places you will see over the coming months on this calendar
Image made at - thanks

Thanks and a tip of the hat to Cheri Hudson Passey and Linda McCauley who both have used this idea to blog about their family members' birthdays and anniversaries. This type of project is a great way to check in with your genealogy database program and focus on a few family members each week.

I was lucky a few years back to spend some time at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City doing research (quite unexpectedly) on my Swedish and Norwegian relations. With the help of some wonderful consultants at the Scandinavian research desk and a few impromptu Saturday morning classes on Scandinavian research, I was well on my way to tracking down my ancestors. The wonderful thing about Swedish and Norwegian family history research is that church and municipal records have been kept in pristine order and are available online. Due to the patronymic naming pattern and the fact that families rarely moved away from their small villages or farm, tracing family back several generations in Sweden and Norway might be time-consuming but it is always rewarding.

Since that first research trip I have traveled to Minnesota (where my ancestors who immigrated to the United States first made their homes) as well as North Dakota and Washington (when a few of the families continued their journey and finally settled). Research into this side of our family continues to be a fascinating project. In the process I have learned a great deal about the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, and Slovenia, picked up a bit of the language (in order to translate some of the records), and given thanks to the Lutheran Church for its excellent record-keeping both abroad and here in the United States.

Without further ado, here is my first entry in the Scandia Musings' Family History Calendar.

April 21 -
Bengt Olafsson [4385] (1737-unknown), my fifth great-grandfather was born on this day in 1737 in Norra Ny, Varmlands lan, Sweden. He was the son of Olaf Jonsson [4855] (1711-unknown) and Karin Hendricksdotter [4856] (1720-unknown) and the husband of Anna Halfvardsdotter [4386] (1757-unknown). Bengt and Anna had three children.

April 23 -
Peder Eriksen Hastagjerdet [412] (1833-1913) and Mali Pedersdatter Rolfsengbergene [413] (1835-1883), my second great-grandparents were married on this day in 1860 in Hegra, Ovre Stjordal, Nord-Trondelag, Norway. Peder's parents were Erik Ivarsen Medkilplass/Hastagjerdet [4269] and Marta Zakariasdatter Berget [4270]. Mali's parents were Peder Pedersen Kval [4697] and Mali Eriksdatter Skjelstadsveen [4698]. Peder and Mali had seven children. They emigrated from Norway through Canada to the United States, settling in Minnesota.

April 25 - 
Joseph Valentine Kochevar [902] (1914-1997), my great uncle was born on this day in 1914 in Taylor, King, Washington, USA. He was the son of Valentin Kocevar [897] (1874-1955) and Antonia Zagradisnik [898] (1886-1928).  Joe managed the family farm after his father's death, was a wonderfully kind man and terrific great uncle and as a hobby built beautiful model airplanes that he gave to family and friends.

April 26 -
Zakarias Eriksen of Hastagjerdet [4715] (1823-unknown), my second great-granduncle was born on this day in 1823 in Hegra, Ovre Stjordal, Nord-Trondelag, Norway. Zakarias' parents were Erik Ivarsen Medkilplass/Hastagjerdet [4269] and Marta Zakariasdatter Berget [4270].

Do we share any family members? If so, I would enjoy hearing from you and sharing information. Until next week ...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cleaning Out the Cobwebs

Pardon the dust and cobwebs flying around as I do a bit of Spring cleaning!
Image courtesy of ID-1004852

My name is Tessa and I neglect my blog. There I said it. I've heard that admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery. But all kidding aside, I have been so busy on Google+ (and please I know that Blogger works with Google+ - I just have not worked out the best way to share) and with three great groups - the Guild of One-Name Studies, Society for One-Place Studies, and Legacy Virtual Users' Group Community - that I was not tending my personal family blog. How does everyone else get it all done?

It is so quick and easy to engage in the Google+ Stream, Communities, and Hangouts-on-Air either with my laptop or my mobile that I was simply forgetting to get back to my blog and post some of my comments right here at home. As a result Scandia Musings resembled that dilapidated house at the end of the street with broken shutters and an overgrown lawn. Well it was time to make a decision - did I want to continue with my blog or put it out of its misery? I thought about it why I started blogging in the first place and gave myself a good shake. Then it was time to roll up my sleeves and start cleaning, painting and moving the furniture around here at my blog.

I also gave some serious consideration to my time constraints as well as what I want to do with my family history and genealogy. I know that blogging is the best way to find those unknown cousins and share stories with my own extended family members who (for some reason) do not enjoy going through family group sheets or pedigree charts but love stories and photographs. I need to give a bit more focus to my own family history and remember to make time to blog. That said I am making no grand resolutions (those usually crash and burn in a few months' time). I am going to start small and build up those unused blogging muscles.
  • You may have noticed that I have spent some time sprucing things up here and my blog is a bit more minimalist. Although I am not quite finished, Scandia Musings is definitely headed in the right direction.
  • I plan to focus on my family by using a family history calendar (an idea borrowed from Linda McCauley and Cheri Hudson Passey - thanks). Using a birthday and wedding anniversary calendar I will be able to blog at least once a week and scatter that cousin bait at the same time!
  Okay baby steps - see you back here next Sunday when I start publishing the calendar.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

SNGF - Ancestral Homes 150 Years Ago

It has definitely been awhile! Although I have posted on Google+ and been active in the Guild of One-Name Studies and the Legacy Virtual Users' Group, I am afraid I have let my blogging slide. Well it's time to get back in the saddle and why not start with some of Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.

The mission that I accepted (and yes you are hearing the Mission Impossible theme music) was as follows:

1) Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 June 1863 - 150 years ago.
2) List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible). Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?
3) Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

Here are my answers for the Norwegian, Swedish & Slovenia side of my family:

My second great-grandparents, Peder Eriksen, Hastajerdet (1833–1913) and Mali Pedersdatter, Rolfengbergene (1835–1881) resided on the Lille Kleven farm in Hegra, Øvre Stjørdal, Nord-Trøndelag, NORWAY. I have mapped the location of their village, and I have a photograph of the farm (Lille Kleven) and it still exists. In 1863 the household included my great grandaunt Mette Pedersdatter (1860–1961) and Elisæus Pedersen (1862–unknown) but my great grandmother Josephine Eriksen (1875–1905) did not arrive on the scene until 1875.

My third great-grandparents, Erik Ivarsen, Medkilplass/Hastagjerdet  (1796–1875) and Marta Zakariasdatter, Berget (1796–1895) resided on the Hastagjerdet farm in Hegra, Øvre Stjørdal, Nord-Trøndelag, NORWAY. I have mapped the location of their village, and I have a photograph of the farm (Hastagjerdet) and it still exists. In 1863, none of their children resided with them (as they were adults and married).

My second great-grandparents Elof Larsson (1833–1922) and Marit Larsdotter (1829–1906) resided on the Ormliden farm in Fastnäs, Norra Ny, Värmlands län, SWEDEN. I have mapped the location of their village, but I do not have a photograph and do not know if the farm still exists. The household included my great grandfather Lars Elofsson (1860–1926) and his two sisters Karin Elofsdotter (1856–1946) and Anna L. Elofsdotter (1863–1942).  

My second great-grandparents Anton Zagradisnik (1839–1918) and Anna Pevec (1840–unknown) resided Nova Stifta, , Slovenia, AUSTRIA. I have mapped the location of their village, but I do not have a photograph and do not know if their home still exists.  My great grandmother Antonia Zagradisnik (1886–1928) did not arrive on the scene until 1886. 

My second great-grandparents, Francis Kocevar (unknown–unknown) and Jenie Prisel (unknown–unknown) resided in Šmartno ob Dreti, Nazarje, Slovenia, AUSTRIA. I have mapped the location of their village, but I do not have a photograph and do not know if their home still exists.  My great grandfather Valentin Kocevar (1874–1955) did not arrive on the scene until 1874.

To check out the Irish side of my family go to my other blog, the Keough Corner.