Genealogy

Strömsborg

Svensk Strömsborg by Per Lundqvist Strömsborg är ett torp som ligger på Sundets västra kant, precis utmed gränsen till Korsbo. Det är från början byggt som undantagsstuga till knekten, när han pensionerades från sin tjänst. Men när man sålde av Sundet från frälset 1911 följde Strömsborg med i affären, men styckades 1929 ? av och blev…

Genealogy

Johansson

Anders Johansson (c1751-?), a crofter at Hallingeberg in Småland, Sweden. He married Catharina Jonasdotter (c1753-?). Johan “Jaen” Andersson (1776-?), a crofter at Bjorksnås in Dalhem. He married Anna Helena Hultsberg (1784-?), daughter of Peter Hultsberg and Christina Catharina Hammarstand. Anna Sofia Jaensdotter (1826-aft 1895) married Carl Johan Svanström, a soldier.

Genealogy

Russian Connection

Rudolf Hauri of Zofingen wrote an article in 1961 claiming that the Hauris are descendants of Hovri, a Russian merchant who settled in Switzerland in the 13th century (Rudolf Hauri, “Die Familie Hauri”, Zofinger Neujahrsblatt 1961, pp. 94-105): “Zur Zeit der grossen Völkrwanderung im 13. Jahrhundert kamen auch Kaufleute mit Namen Hovri in unsere Gegend. Diese…

Genealogy

Name Choice

“Sancho Panza by name is my own self, if I was not changed in my cradle.” — Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616), Don Quixote Name Choice “Name Choice Freedom is not a new concept; it’s just that few people exercise or realize that they have such freedom. The result is that nearly every woman gives up her…

Swan Lore

Oriental Lore

In the Orient, swans represent gracefulness, nobility and valor. They are also symbolize music. Stories from Siam and Malaysia mention swan maidens. Li Tzu reported that the Mongols made the Chou Emperor Mu drink swan’s blood. A Chinese idiom refers to someone who demands an undeserved reward: “You are a scoundrel who wants to eat…

Swan Lore

Biology

Swans, both genera Cygnus and Olor, belong to the family Anatidae, which includes geese and ducks. They mate for life, although couples sometimes separate following a nesting failure. Young swans are known as cygnets from the Old French cygne, from the Latin cygnus, from the Greek kuknōs (swan). An adult male is a “cob.” An adult female…

Genealogy

Barnett Cemetery

I received the following from a Barnett researcher, but I’ve forgotten who it was. If you recognize this write-up, please let me know.  Barnett Cemetery is located on what was the original land bought by John I. Barnett in Barnett Township Section 34 and registered in 1831. It is off the road perhaps about 1/4…

Genetics

mtDNA Haplogroups

Each of us has inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), along with the mutations that have accumulated in our individual family lines. Geneticists can test for these accumulated mutations. Individual test results are called a haplotype or mitotype. People with the same cluster of mutations belong to the same haplogroup, and are descended from the same female…

Genetics

mtDNA Testing

Mitochondrial DNA is long, circular strand of DNA. (Bacterial DNA is also circular.) It is composed of 16,569 smaller units, called base pairs. Each base pair is composed of two nucleotides. There are only four possible nucleotides — adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C) and guanine (G). Each nucleotide has a complementary nucleotide. So, along…

Genealogy

Horne

According to tradition, the first Horne in America was Dutch. His father died in London, his pregnant mother made the rest of the trip to America alone, and delivered her baby in Baltimore. I have not been able to identify this unknown ancestor. The earliest proven ancestor of this family was John Horne (1736-1840), a…