Ancestry Is Not Fair and Rarely Ever Complete

Those who might hope to portray a complete, fair, and accurate written portrayal of family history might best reconcile that women are typically shortchanged and woefully neglected in the process. This insight motivates and inspires me to keep writing about by grandmother and pay tribute to her largely forgotten accomplishments. One might find it strangeContinue reading “Ancestry Is Not Fair and Rarely Ever Complete”

Ancestry Requires No Passport

You are invited. Travel with me to a heritage travel experience to Southern Sweden with my friend Rich Wemstrom. No passport is required. Examine in this cyber travelogue how he uniquely, personally, and artistically brings genealogy to life. Rich claims the trip, “ touched me to the extent I felt RESPONSIBLE to pass on theContinue reading “Ancestry Requires No Passport”

Genealogy and Bearers of the Family Torch

What is it that drives a personal passion to willingly take on the role of “ancestry keeper of the light”? Not every person bears an interest to engage in researching family history. Not everyone feels a sense of responsibility to carry forward one’s known ancestry for personal motives or dedicated to toiling for the benefitContinue reading “Genealogy and Bearers of the Family Torch”

Genealogy Tourism Sentimental Journey and More

“The searching of one’s family history does not have a clear end-goal, but rather is an ongoing process of building a larger narrative about one’s self and the past” Ancestral tourism, the travel to see and explore where the roots are planted for one’s family tree is definitely on the rise. Planning my third pilgrimageContinue reading “Genealogy Tourism Sentimental Journey and More”

Genealogy: Identity Treasure Hunting—Search for Self?

Is it true for you? It appears that many want to know where they come from, what we are, what made us who we are. Is this ancestry questing urge a universal need? What is behind this wanting to know about our roots? What is the mystery of it all? Thousands today seem to clamorContinue reading “Genealogy: Identity Treasure Hunting—Search for Self?”

Winter In Sweden (Viking Style)

Winter in Sweden was a fantasyland for storytelling by my dear mother and grandmother. My mother only spent a year as a 8 year old in Sollefteå after her father died in Chicago. She never outgrew her love of the Swedish “spark” kick sled. In her seventies she purchased a spark in America. Beautiful memories.Continue reading “Winter In Sweden (Viking Style)”

Grandma Maja: Most Resilient Person I have Known

10 Habits of Highly-Resilient People From Psychology Today. November 30, 2020 Bryan Robinson Most certainly apply to my Swedish immigrant widow, mother of three left to raise her family alone in a hostile foreign land during America’s Great Depression. 1. Grow a thick skin and expect rejection and setbacks. Commit yourself in advance to facingContinue reading “Grandma Maja: Most Resilient Person I have Known”

Maja’s Story Appearing in New Publications

This blog shares an article that includes my Grandma Maja’s Story from my Amazon Published book: My Maja A Grandson’s Tribute. Below is a link to the article from friend: Mary Beth Sammons. Enjoy. https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-nonfiction/telling-our-family-stories-4-reasons-why-its-more-important-than-ever-to-write-our-family-narratives Mary Beth Sammons expands upon the above article in a book soon on sale. Once again Maja’s story is included.Continue reading “Maja’s Story Appearing in New Publications”

Maja’s Anguish: Immigrant Struggle and Abandonment

What is it Lord that I am not seeing?….. The struggle is too great for me alone………. The American Great Depression brought down a storm too heavy at times for Grandma Maja to bear alone. Her dead husband (dying in 1932) was no longer at her side to lift her up. She was a widowContinue reading “Maja’s Anguish: Immigrant Struggle and Abandonment”

Endless Genealogy Discovery: Breakthroughs and Brickwalls

By publishing my book in 2020, after 16 years of researching, synthesizing, writing and rewriting I was convinced my genealogy quest was ready for a rest. Today a cache of family photos unknown to me and from a mysterious source abruptly appeared from nowhere. Perhaps, passed along from one relative to another without valuing orContinue reading “Endless Genealogy Discovery: Breakthroughs and Brickwalls”