onsdag 14 maj 2014

APERTIN - a mansion, not a castle

The main building is now private

Two weeks ago Viola, my wife, and myself started a project discovering interesting places in our beautiful county of Värmland.

Our first visit was to Apertin, a mansion just 25 minutes away from Karlstad.

I did check Wikipedia for a list of mansions and castles in Värmland - ratio is 17:0. No castles - I believe I know why! Do you have any clues?

Also in Wikipedia there is a background to the non-swedish name Apertin:
According to tradition around year 1000 a munk established a monestary at this place. He was from Aberdeen and this has been "swedenized" into Apertin!

Today Apertin offers besides a beautiful nature a restaurant, a hotel and conference facilities.

1936 the first nature reserve in Värmland was established at Apertin. The deep ravines created after the ice age is of special botanic interest.&nbspIn Apertin's ravines you can walk among hardwood trees and boquets of hazel and firns.

Here are some of the pictures I took during our visit:

One of the ravines
Restaurant and hotel


A nice, old fence


måndag 12 maj 2014

Finding living relatives in Sweden

During the last two weeks I got two different research challenges.
Two persons with swedish ancestors were interested to find any living relatives in Sweden.

One of the emigrants emigrated in 1900, the other 1912.

The information I got was quite vague, but thanks to the CDs "Emibas" and "Emigranten Populär" I managed to find their emigration parish and thus find their family.

Here how it looks for one of the emigrants. As you can see you get all information needed to find her in the churchbooks.

Tolin, Elin
Hemmadotter (woman)
b. 9/5/1893
Emigrated 3/29/1912
from Edsvalla Börjestorp, Nor, Värmlands län (Värmland)
to Amerika

I use ArkivDigital for my swedish research and looking at the core family I found  that Elin had 6 siblings of which 2 other sisters emigrated (1910 and 1916) .

I followed two of the six who stayed forward in time.
And found their marriage and children up to the 70 year limit.
(Data after this (currently after 1943) has to be found in other sources.)

  1. Simon born 1895 died 1977. I followed him in AD and found him, his wife and two children, a boy (B) born 1924 and a girl (G) 1926.
  2. With the help of the CD Swedish Census 1970 I searched for (B) and (G) and found them and their corresponding families.
  3. I can then look for (B) and (G) in the 1980 and 1990 census to see if they have married and got children after 1970.
    (B) got at least one child, a daughter born 1959 and (G) a boy born 1964.
  4. To find the current address and telephone there are two services I can use:
    birthday.se or ratsit.se

I used birthday.se and found both the daughter of (B) and the son of (G) with current address and telephone number. So now I am just a telephone call away. In this case they live within 30 minutes from where I live!