Blog: Remembering Grandma Maja

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”

Swedish Immigrant Adversity: How Did Women Fare?

My grandmother certainly was not the only Swedish woman immigrant who suffered significant difficulties and adversity in making the commitment to come to America and have to make harsh adjustments. The stress and strain my dear Grandma Maja endured as a woman, widow, single mother breadwinner was in my opinion cruel and abusive. She boreContinue reading “Swedish Immigrant Adversity: How Did Women Fare?”

Genealogy: Art or Drudgery?

Thousands each day, across the globe, receive divine inspiration of one sort or another to pickup the challenges associated with exploring and assembling one’s genealogy. Just exactly how one chooses to celebrate the process of approaching the big and small challenges connecting to adopting a family history project might make all the difference. One approachContinue reading “Genealogy: Art or Drudgery?”

Monstrous Depression Relived: Stacked Deck for Immigrant Survival

Only a few living souls can look backwards at what it was like for those who fought hard to survive the vissicitudes of America’s Great Depression’s crush on the human spirit. Inspiring me my whole life, Grandma Maja’s story has inspired me to take my troubles in stride as hers were monstrous by comparison. StoriesContinue reading “Monstrous Depression Relived: Stacked Deck for Immigrant Survival”

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