You see, genealogists researching in Scandinavian countries generally encounter the patronymic naming practice early on. Since Tolf was the first name I added to my family tree, I was fortunate not to have the extra challenge of ever-changing surnames.
According to Ancestry.com, Tolf was not a common name in America in 1920:
There are 12 generations of Tolf ancestors in my family tree beginning with:
- My maternal grandmother Harriette Kathlyn TOLF born 1909 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois to
- Harry Willhelm TOLF (and Julia Christine THOMPSON) born 1884 in Batavia, Kane, Illinois to
- Peter August TOLF* (and Augusta Sophia LANDSTROM) born 1858 in Svenarum, Jönköping, Sweden to
- Carl TOLF* (and Helena Christina ÅMAN*) born 1824 in Svenarum, Jönköping, Sweden to
- Carl Jonas TOLF (and Maja Lisa LIDSTROM) born 1795 in Lindefors bruk, Svenarum, Jönköping, Sweden to
- Carl TOLF (and Helena Jonasdotter WIDERBERG) born 1767 in Svenarum, Jönköping, Sweden to
- Johan Carlsson TOLF (and Ingrid CARLSDOTTER) born 1744 in Byarum, Sweden to
- Carl Carlsson TOLF (and Sara Lisa JACOBSDOTTER) born 1713/14 in Sweden to
- Carl Persson TOLF (and Karin BENGTSDOTTER) born 1676/7 Svennevad parish, Narke, Sweden to
- Per Larsson TOLFEN (and Karin NILSDOTTER) born about 1640 in Sweden to
- Lars TOLFSSON (and Karin) born about 1600 in Sweden to
- Kolare TOLF (and Sigrid) born about 1575 in Sweden.
*my immigrant ancestors settled in Batavia, Kane, Illinois in 1878
Does the surname TOLF appear in your family tree? Perhaps we’re related!
Please email me at where2look4ancestors [at] gmail [dot] com