Blog: Remembering Grandma Maja

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. 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”

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”

Immigrant Great Depression- Depression

Deacon Recalls His Immigrant Grandmother’s Gumption – and Discovers Her Struggle with Depression While he was growing up in Chicago, Deacon Don Grossnickle loved visiting his grandmother Maja, an immigrant from Sweden, and listening to her stories about her home country’s “enchanting winters, the Christmases, the sleighs, the horses, the beautiful lakes,” he recalled during aContinue reading “Immigrant Great Depression- Depression”

Positive Book Review: My Maja A Grandson’s Tribute (From Amazon)

Julie rates 5.0 out of 5 stars. Verified Purchase Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2020 Memorable, moving tale of an immigrant woman’s resiliency and determination. This true, touching story chronicles a young Swedish woman’s journey from Sweden to America in the 1920s. Maja was born into a successful Swedish family which enabledContinue reading “Positive Book Review: My Maja A Grandson’s Tribute (From Amazon)”

Independent Book Review: My Maja A Grandson’s Tribute

As promised, my review of Dr. Don Grossnickle’s fantastic book, “My Maja”. “‘Framåtanda’- gumption, a go-to spirit: this Swedish word that Don Grossnickle uses to describe his beloved grandmother in this book could not be more accurate. She arrived in America from Sweden as a young woman with high hopes and expectations, only to haveContinue reading “Independent Book Review: My Maja A Grandson’s Tribute”

Swedes and Immigrant Name Change Stories: Facts, Myths, Mysteries, and Fun

Since studying genealogy of my Swedish immigrant family I have encountered more interest and chatter about US immigrant name change stories occurring at Ellis Island than most any other topic. My 2020 book, My Maja A Grandson’s Tribute explores my journey to track my relatives coming from Sweden through Ellis Island eventually landing in Chicago.Continue reading “Swedes and Immigrant Name Change Stories: Facts, Myths, Mysteries, and Fun”


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