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The Story of My Family
Transcript of The Story of My Family
THE STORY OF MY FAMILY
By: Carrie Thom
Ellis Island, New York Harbor
My story begins with my mother's side.
Some of my ancestors came from the Scandinavian Peninsula. My mother's side came from Finland (the Huuskonens, Heinonens, and Barlunds), and my father's side came from Sweden and Norway (Haglunds and Arntsons).
Others came from Germany. Both sides have German ancestors (The Kleiman(n)s on mom's side and the Thom/Fletchers on dad's.)
My mother's side can trace its roots back to France, with the La Pointe family, who settled in Wisconsin.
I am also a little Irish coming from my dad's side.
The Davis family on my dad's side came from England.
I'm also Dutch from my dad's side (the Poll family).
My Family Tree (Dad's Side)
For this tree, the youngest members of the family (like my sister and I), are at the top, and the oldest are at the bottom. A blue line indicates siblings, a orange line indicates parents, and a heart indicates spouses.
Sarah Catherine Thom
Paul Aaron Thom
Cathleen "Cathy" Marie Kleiman
Mark Alan Thom
Tera Lynn Thom
Jlayne Carol Haglund
Earl Erwin Haglund
Myrtle Luella Arntson
Erlyn "Curly" Merald Haglund
Galen Joy Haglund
Engebret J. Arntson
Olga Katinka Christianson
Thomas "Tom" McManus
John Harold Haglund
Hazel Olive Haglund
Ericka Albertina (Tina) Haglund
Annetta (Nettie) A. Haglund
Nora J. Arntson
Elvin Odell Arntson
Ervin Manley Arntson
Nils Eric Haglund
Frances Lucinda Davis
Her family tree is separate from this one.
Erick Nilsson Haglund
Anna Marta Jansdotter
Ida Annette Arntson
Nicolai Olaf Christianson
Louise Antonette Kristensen
Frances Lucinda Davis's Family Tree
Robert S. Davis
I was born on April 21st, 1999 in Waconia, MN
My mom grew up mainly in Blaine, MN.
My dad grew up mainly in Andover, MN.
My very earliest immigrants came from my mom's side. I also have Finnish ancestors who came through Ellis Island on my mom's side.
Most of my dad's ancestors came 10 years or more before Ellis Island was opened. But, I do have one ancestor who came through. His name was John Haglund and he was Swedish.
Sweden is located in northern Europe on the Scandinavian Peninsula. It borders Norway and Finland. Its current population as of 2012 was 9,103,788. Its land area is 410,934 sq km, which is slightly larger than California. Its capital is Stockholm.
FACTS AND FIGURES
Nearly 1.3 million Swedes made the journey from their homeland to the US and other countries around the world.
The population of Sweden in the 1800s was around 6 million.
Push factors in Sweden:
Down-sizing of farm laborers
rapid population growth, caused by three things
Years of bad crops during the second half of the 19th century
discontent with society
Pull factors to America:
Fertile land and work opportunites
Letters from emigrants to kin in Sweden
JOHN HAGLUND'S LIFE IN AMERICA
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SWEDEN
1523: Sweden breaks away from Denmark and Norway
1814: Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden
1914-1918: World War I. Sweden stays neutral
1939-1945: World War II. Sweden stays neutral
1946: Sweden joins the UN
1986: Prime minister Olaf Palme is assassinated in the streets of Stockholm.
1995: Sweden joins the European Union, but it does not use the Euro
2009: Sweden takes over the rotating presidency of the EU. It promises to tackle climate change and Europe's rising unemployment
2011: Surgeons at the Karolinska University Hospital carry out the first artificial organ transplant.
I do not know which part of Sweden he came from.
John Haglund left Sweden at age 29 in 1893 with his brother.
He arrived in America on July 22.
He originally wanted to go to Providence, RI.
He married Frances Davis May 2nd, 1897. They had 11 children. Two died in infancy.
THE CULTURE OF SWEDEN
Swedes are typically people who believe in equal rights for everyone, are humble, and think that boasting is absolutely unacceptable.
Failing to say "Thank You" in Sweden is taken very negatively.
Their culture is very child-centered. You can find play areas almost anywhere, even on trains. The rights given to parents so they can raise their children in the best possible way are some of the best in the world.
We hang two blue ornaments on our Christmas tree every year for luck. The ornaments are heirlooms, one from each side of the family.
My dad's mom makes lefsa every Christmas.
My mom's side of the family has a recipe for French-Canadian meat pie. It is very good, but of course my dad ruins our five hours of hard work by putting ketchup on it when he eats it.
My search began here, with myself in Waconia, MN
My Immediate Family
Myself, my sister Sarah
My parents Paul and Cathy
My mom's parents, Ken and Edna Kleiman, and my mom's older brother, Chris
My dad's parents, John and Jlayne, and my dad's siblings, younger sister Tera and older brother Mark
My family comes from many, many different countries around Europe.
But, if I was to elaborate on all of them, we would be here all day.
So here is just one.