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Re: John Harold Bates
Posted by: Carolyn La Porte (ID *****6155) Date: March 26, 2012 at 00:46:13
In Reply to: Re: John Harold Bates by Don of 1963

Hi Don,

I'm glad I could help, but would have been nice to find where John and Nina married.

As to websites, I use a lot - I have had a subscription to it for years and found tons of info there. The have the Drouin collection for searching in Quebec, but I think as Nina was either only visiting there when she died or considered American her death did not seem to get recorded in that database - so good thing she was recorded in the American's abroad database. I still wonder where John died and when?

Since Nina and George divorced in 1930 she would have married John after that date, and since the WW11 draft card for 1942 shows next of kin for John as his father, and not as Nina I suspect they married after that time. So that could be anywhere - except that her Sangdahl children seem to have stayed in OH so I think she would also have been there at least while they were young.

I also use which is free and is always adding new info. You might want to see if you can find any more on Nina's families there.

Do you know if she had any children with John Bates?

I don't know if you have any family from Scotland, but if so, is great - it does cost, but not that much and I have found a lot on my ancestors.

Wow, this gets ,more interesting all the time. I gave you the death for George S. Sangdahl from 2010, but it did not say where he died. I just googled the name and he died right here in Vancouver, where I live!!

Social Security Death Index about George S. Sangdahl
Name: George S. Sangdahl
Born: 10 Apr 1921
Died: 3 May 2010
State (Year) SSN issued: Ohio (Before 1951)


George Stanley Sangdahl II formerly of Naperville George Stanley "Stan" Sangdahl II, 89, of Vancouver, Canada, died Monday, May 3, 2010. He was the loving husband of 56 years to Phyllis Sangdahl (nee Kirkham); dearest father of Susan (Steve) DeChiara, Stanley (Nicki) Sangdahl and Stephen (Janet) Sangdahl; fond grandfather of Karlin Sangdahl, Logan Sangdahl, Nicholas DeChiara and Jack Sangdahl; dear brother of Jean Sangdahl; and uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Nina Sangdahl; brother, Robert Sangdahl; sister, Janice Sangdahl; and grandson, Anthony DeChiara. Stan was born April 10, 1921, to George and Nina (nee Forbes) Sangdahl, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the Navy in Washington D.C. during World War II and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received a Ph.D. in metallurgy. He was a metallurgical engineer for Chicago Bridge and Iron for over 30 years. He loved traveling, photography and sports, especially badminton, which he became Midwest champion of in 1952 and 1953. A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 7, 2010

I found this obit at

Notice it says he has a sister Jean Sangdahl, and was predeceased by his parents George and Nina, and brother Robert and sister Janice.

I suspect the sister Jean is the Sarah Jean who was informant at Alice's death - which makes it likely that both Jean and Janice were daughters of George and Alice. Its too bad the obit does not say where all these living relatives of his actually live. I wonder if any of them are in Vancouver??

Amazing what you can find by googling. I googled Robert F. Sangdahl and found a Class of 1945 gift report for 2009-2010(for prior students) in which there is a Patricia Sangdahl listed - widow of Robert F. Sangdahl so I guess this was his second wife.

You can see this at:

if you google Jean Sangdahl + Vermont her name comes up for the Central Vermont Dressage Assn. and if you keep looking down the pages on google you will see more on her including her email address
She was still living as of 2011 and likely still so now.

I also googled Janice Sangdahl and there is one who was born 1933, died 1977 - age 44
From I found
She is also in a passenger list going to Hawaii in 1956

and in a US directory listing for Manhattan, NY 1960

and in 1953 going to Bermuda from NY - beside her name it says Ohio so maybe that is where she was born

Social Security Death Index about Janice Sangdahl
Name:       Janice Sangdahl
SSN:       296-30-4814
Born:       16 Feb 1933
Last Benefit:       10017 New York, New York, New York, United States of America
Died:       Nov 1977
State (Year) SSN issued:       Ohio (1952)

I thought I had found all there was to find, but you've got me looking again !

More googling , more info!! If you google Lauritz Sangdahl (name of George's father) there is a writer up on him at

I won't copy it, but will let you look at it yourself.

I'll try again tomorrow to see if I find anything more.

Carolyn L

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