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Carl Swanson family and Andrew Tongren family of Elk Co, PA

Updated September 9, 2007

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I have been researching the Carl Swanson family from Sweden since 2000. I have found nearly 2000 ancestors from the areas of Hallands län in the west central part of Sweden and Malmöhus län which is the very southern land in Sweden.

Because of laws protecting the living relatives of our ancestors I have only a few. I found these by contacting genealogists who were researching the same ancestors. Really the best which can be said is that we have the same ancestors.

Just after Labor Day of 2007, a Swedish friend and genealogist (not a relative) strongly encouraged me to start researching the Swedish grandparents of my mom, Dorothy Miles Swanson.

The first few days were a 'heady' experience. Before I knew it, I had found a web page that contained the ancestors of my Great-grandmother Inger Christina Eliassotter Tongren. This information went back 6 generations from Christine, as she was known in the US. The earliest verifiable date is 1674. The names of the parents of those born in the late 1600's are known but a birth date can not be located.

For as easily as the information came to light about Christine, the information of her husband is much more hidden. I am checking all the resources I know of but it becomes a tedious job.

Finding the names and dates of those who have been before us is a fascinating process. Essentially you become a detective. From the current question's answer another two or three questions arise.

I hope anyone who has cared enough to stop by will be as proud to be a Swede as I am.

I hope you enjoy your visit.

Barbara Swanson Burgeson

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