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Re: Looking for "Carlson" and “Johnson” family information, late 1800's-early 1900's
Posted by: Stephanie Ingram (ID *****5388) Date: March 20, 2011 at 15:05:29
In Reply to: Re: Looking for "Carlson" and “Johnson” family information, late 1800's-early 1900's by Judy Baouab of 374

Hi Judy! Thank you for your response! I figured that Johnson and Carlson were common Swedish names. I think that my great-great-grandfather Charles met Hilda Wecall here after he arrived in PA, just as Albertina met Charles Carlson probably did. Albertina and Charles were married Oct 19, 1893. The Wecall name was handed down by my great-grandmother through a second cousin, so the source and/or spelling could very well be wrong.

I’ve been able to find scant U.S. Federal Census records for both families from familysearch.org. According to the 1900 census, Charles Johnson immigrated in 1882, Albertina in 1890, and Charles Carlson in 1888. If I could find access to other census years for free, I’m sure I’d be able to find other family members like my grandfather.
I did come across the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center’s website and it linked me to some ship records, but I’ve not been very successful in locating any concrete information due to lack of information obtained when people came into the US at certain ports. I did find out that Charles Carlson was from Stafsinge Fora Mollaced, Sweden and Albertina Johnson (presumably Charles as well) was from Gummarji Fore Alfolel, Sweden. Unfortunately, I’m unemployed right now so I can’t pay them do some research nor travel to IL or PA to do my own research. I’m hoping to get to PA later this year but that’s a big IF right now.

I really appreciate you providing me with the links to researching Swedish ancestry. More of the older information on my family is a mystery as two of my grandfather’s younger siblings are still alive. One knows more than the other, but it’s still not enough to trace back past Charles and Albertina.

Thank you again so much!!!


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