Verifying and adding more relatives

Since the last blog entry I have mainly worked on verifying more of the assumed entries. I have also added more relatives on branches from "Medlemmar av släkten Scheutz" (research done by Halvard Scheutz) and more to come when I have finished moving.

I have started a newsletter which will come out whenever I have something to share or when some of the other relatives I am in contact with have something they want to share. I was asked to start this newsletter so it would be easier to follow what is happening with the research and my progress. It will be in English so that everyone can understand. In the latest issue I introduce some of the authors found in the family tree.

I have also been in contact with some new found relatives near and more distant so some more branches have been added in mainly Västmanland to find out how we are related. I think I have to really make an effort to fit in a trip to Västmanland in the near future. It will be a lot of driving but I really want to know more about this part of the family.

von Mühlenfels

Having tried to solve the mystery around this family which moved back and forth between Sweden and Pomerania have been a hard task, and still is.
I did in the end opt for trying to find out how and if all the von Mühlenfels living in Sweden in late 1800 and early 1900 were related. I did know about the ones that were descendants of Wilhelm Edward but who were the others?
I did follow them back and found that they were mainly siblings to Wilhelm Edward (my grandmothers grandfather). Their father is said to be a captain in the Swedish Army based in Pomerania Gustav Friedrich Anton von Mühlenfels. He was married twice and it seems most of his children ended up in Sweden. All his seven sons that lived to be adults became soldiers - five of them in the Swedish Army. This makes sense since Wilhelm Edward gave his youngest son the name Gustaf Fredrik Anton. The names of all the involved are the best clue since they did like to keep a tradition of naming both boys and girls with 'family names'. Other clues have been who the witnesses have been at the baptism of the children born in Sweden.
At present I am trying to build a tree over how everyone is connected and then it will have to be verified as far as possible. This far I have used Swedish church books, newspapers, military history and records of nobility. There is also some information on the Internet but that really has to be verified since some of it is conflicting, both when it comes to Wikipedia and to family trees online. One of these days I will manage to find them in the church books for Stralsund, Rügen and surrounding areas.
If anyone of you who read this have any knowledge of the von Mühlenfels families please contact me.

Carl Victor Forsman

This summer I did a trip to Vaxholms fästning to have a look and ask questions about the fatal explosion 11 Aug 1887. Carl Victor was one of the 19 artillerists that died that day. I still find it strange that so little is know about this event and it is so hard to get more information about it. I am trying to find Carl Victor's story and will incorporate this in my planned book. Instead of writing pages of charts which even I find boring I plan to choose some of the people in the tree and write a bit about them so we through them can understand their reality and choices in life more like an anthology of the family tree.
I have now manage to follow Carl Victor from birth to death and although we can't ask him why he made his choices we can guess, a bit like why the explosion happened that killed him. Through choosing to write about him I hope to highlight a part of Army history that has been forgotten.

If you have ideas about other people to write about please let me know. There are a lot to choose from...

Sweden trip 2016

As usual I did not have time to do all the things I did hope to do. I did manage a round trip to Kosta, Transjö and Lessebo, mainly to look at buildings like factories and houses. In Stockholm I did visit Vaxholms kastell, the fortress, where Carl Victor Forsman was serving as a soldier and also died. I now know exactly where on the little island the explosion happened. I missed Vinslöv since roadworks and closures did take me on a detour away from anywhere near Vinslöv. Photos will find their way to be connected to the right people in the tree. I also meet most of my first cousins on this trip which was nice. On my dads side we had a dinner - my dad and his siblings, their children and grandchildren were invited. So 20 out of 32 managed to meet up for a few hours together with lots of chatting and a very nice meal.

A new trip to Sweden

I plan to visit Sweden again this summer and will be visiting Småland, Skåne and Stockholm. This time I really hope I can visit Riddarhyttan as well. I have never been there and since such a large branch of the family comes from this area I would like to see this place although I know very little is left of the places where the ancestors lived and worked.

Latest update

Since the last blog entry I have only done verifying in different branches of the tree. Most of them when I come across interesting green leaves on Ancestry. When something looks like it could be right I do check it with the correct church books and follow people to try to connect them with a person I have in my tree. This way I have manage to extend a branch of the family tree which ended with my 3rd great grandmother, Hedvig. She was born outside of marriage and the father is for now unknown. Her mother was Marta Catharina Miller. Hedvig was born in Jönköping and later came to Skåne. It turns out her mother Marta Catharina comes from a smith family called Miller which seem to have worked with making weapons in the Jönköping and Huskvarna area. The occupation in Swedish was Baljmakare and it seems they did make bayonets among other things. Part of the family can be found in Smedskivan 9. This family Miller in my tree is not the same as those Miller who are found in USA. The USA Miller branch comes from emigrated members from the Möller family in Skåne.

Long time since the last entry

I have been hard at work for many months and only occasionally been able to do some research. This has mainly consisted of revisiting branches and people where I have been stuck in my research for different reasons. In some cases I manage to go further, others are still mysteries waiting to be solved. When I have time I need to take a closer look at Johan Mattsson Wetterskog, his early year and who his parents really were are still unknown. I am not alone in researching this man - my 4th Great Grandfather - another decendant is also trying to solve this mystery. Every now and then we exchange information so hopefully one day we will be able to let you know who the 5th Great Grandparents were on this branch.

I have also looked closer at one of the branches in Västra Göinge in Skåne. It seem to centre around Vinslöv and include some prominent local farmers/landowners. Many of them worked as Nämdemän (jurymen) and I am coming closer and closer to the time when this part was in Denmark instead of in Sweden. Were the ancestors Danish or Swedish?

Trip to Sweden

So today I head for Sweden in my car. I hope to be able to have some stops connected to the ancestors. Maybe one or two glass factories? Maybe a trip to Riddarhyttan? Stockholm and Solna are already booked in...
Skåne will have to wait for another time as well as Västergötland (all counties included).
Looking forward to see family in Stockholm and I think the dog is excited as well (Yes she does have a petpassport) since she is coming. I hope she understands that we will not be spending the days travelling on the underground. She does like it, probably because everyone makes a fuss about her.

This far I have been to Kosta, Forsmarks bruk and Lövsta bruk, with some detours to Ekeberga & Lövsta grave yards. I have managed to take a few photos.

Problems with the family tree part of the website.

I have now sorted out the photos that are connected to the family tree. For now they all are connected to at least one person and also the correct ones. Hopefully it will stay this way. About 700-800 photos have now been linked to the tree on this site. The latest update of the software is happy for me to regularly upload a new gedcom file to the page and keep the old photos on it. However it did not like my personalised header so for now there is small replacement. It is the signature of my great grandfather Carl Wilhelm Scheutz.

I have continued to clean up the tree and check sources (preferably first hand ones) for entries. So the tree keeps growing. In a few weeks time I will travel to Sweden again and hopefully add some more information and photos to the research. If you think you have something which can be used please let me know. I will be in the country from end of August to mid September. With some luck I can visit Riddarhytten which is a very important place for one branch of my mother side of the family. Maybe Alsterbro or Boda or Kosta can be visited this time. If you need to get in contact with me try

Pure luck

I know many Swedish researchers don't like Ancestry and especially not their green leaves. The green leaves are supposed to indicate that there is information which is connected to a individual in your tree available somewhere else on Ancestry but very often it is incorrect. I have learnt to ignore the leaves but occasionally I check a few of them just for fun. Most times it seems to be trees which has the same information or less than I have if it is the same person at all. Yesterday I 'struck gold'. My great great grandmother Agnes was one of my first projects and one of the harder ones as well. We didn't know that much about her. She was born outside marriage and both parents are noted as unknown in the birth book. By collecting pieces of information from different sources I finally cracked the mystery of her mother, who she grew up with but no one in later generations seem to know her name. With this information and some visits to the Archives in Stockholm I managed to find out more about the mother and step father. Agnes had two half siblings - a sister and a brother. Yesterday one of the green leaves suggested the half sister Erika Charlotta did get married in 1875. I quickly checked the church books and I now have much more information about this half sister, whose photo we have but only with the information 'she was a sister to Agnes and an singer'. She did sing and studied at the Royal Theatre which today is the Royal Opera in Stockholm. In 1872 she had a son, outside of marriage, who later appears with the surname Eckman. She got married in July 1875 with a man with the surname Eckman. In January 1876 they had a son named Sven Edward. Sven Edward is noted as the second child so I presume this husband also is father to the first son. Erika Charlotta died in March 1876 and a few days later her husband travels to America according to the books. The eldest son ends up living with his grand mother (my 3rd great grandmother) who in turn lives with her daughter Agnes. What happened to Sven Edward I don't know yet. This was a lucky day and I am so happy I did check that green leaf!