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Posted by: Nancy Casey (ID *****9555) Date: May 23, 2009 at 13:08:02
In Reply to: Re: JERNs SWE>IL - Southern Chicagoland by Donna Jern of 36

Hello Donna,
Just looking over this message board and responding to you as a recent poster.
My g-gma was Selma Gunilla Jern b. Wahlstad, Ostergotland on 9 Feb 1845 to Lifgr. Abraham Jern and Carolina Andersdotter. Selma emigrated alone to Chicago in 1870 and married a Norwegian immigrant, Johan P. Petterson. They stayed in Chicago until the 1890's and then moved to California.
I am very interested in finding any U.S. relatives. Selma had at least six siblings. I don't know if any of her family came her after she did.
The Family History Librarians explained the usual way that a family was given the name Jern. It signified a military family. Other military people had similar names that had some military meaning like Jern (iron). Beginning in the mid-1800's, family members would also take the father's military surname rather than his original surname. There aren't that many Jerns, which was helpful in finding her Swedish records.
Very interested in finding if our Jerns were connected. Nancy

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