Monday, January 01, 2007

Fair play to the Other Side of the Family

These are my mother's grandparents - Karl and Maja Lisa Till-Olson Eld-Andersson, originally from Bolstad, Dahlsland, Sweden, who immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1880, for my great-grandfather and followed in 1881 by my great-grandmother and their five oldest children

The church is the Lutheran Church in Bolstad where they had been members until they immigrated to this country. A lady in Sweden who does family tree research sent me this photo of the church along with records from which I was able then to trace my roots on this side of my family back to the early 1600's. Needless to say, I was astounded to receive records that far back in time for these ancestors who were, as the old saying would aptly apply here, "As poor as church mice!"

Just absolutely incredible, isn't it?


Mike said...

It's nice to be able to trace your family back that far. I can only go back as far as my grandfather off the top of my head. He was from Germany. Other than that I have to ask my mom.

Gene Bach said...

My wife's family came from Sweden. In fact, her dad, who died this last year, was fluent in the language.

I don't know a great deal about my family's history. I do have a fiddle in my possesion that came across the country in a covered wagon though.

East of Oregon said...

I love finding old family information! These photos are great. The photos help put us sort of "personally" in touch with the past, which is part of our "present" prescence - for we would not be who we are today without those lives linked to us from the past. It's so intriguing. Thanks for sharing! :)

Skittles said...

It sure is incredible.. but wonderful, too.

masgblog said...

McIntyre.....that is the same as my husband's Mom's maiden name...small world eh? Maybe they're (we're)related?