Carl Tolf 1767-1827

My 5th great-grandfather Carl Tolf was a master blacksmith (hammarsmedsmästare) or in the words of Google Translate a “blacksmith’s hammer champion“. Carl lived primarily in Lindefors Bruk, Svenarum, Sweden for 60 years. He was born on this day in 1768 – that was 247 years ago. I have located a number of the Swedish church records in…

Mom in the 1940 Census

The census taker made a number of errors on this record. For example my mother is listed as the son of her parents rather than their daughter. And at just seven years old, she had already attended school for seven years: But the record still provided some interesting information. Particularly when compared to what I know…

Peter August Tolf 1858-1929

Happy birthday to my 3rd great-grandfather born on this day 157 years ago! The parish register of Births (Födde) and Baptisms (Döpte) [in] Svenarum [for the] year 1858: Pehr August was born on the 1st day of the 1st month and was baptized two days later. In the column following the new baby’s name are the names of…

Surname Saturday: Tolf

I come from a long line of Tolfs. And that’s quite an accomplishment for a Swede! 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…

I Forgot My Cemetery Kit

As a result, I couldn’t fix this: Husband and I recently took a genealogical road trip to Illinois. First Stop – Judy Russell. The Legal Genealogist spoke at the Chicago Genealogical Society meeting in Arlington Heights. That was a day well spent. Next up – locate the final resting place of two of my Tolf ancestors.…

Wesley Tolf; Bowler Extraordinaire

The following article, which appeared in the April 12, 1929 issue of the Batavia [Illinois] Herald, gave me some insight into the life of Wesley Lambert Tolf (17 Sep 1894-Dec 1969), a 1st cousin thrice-removed; “Batavia Bowlers Get in Prize Money at Ottawa Sunday – Frank Thomle and Wesley Tolf, prominent Batavia bowlers, shot into the…

Fond Father of Myrtle

From the Chicago Daily News January 28, 1920 page 30; Youngberg – Charles J., aged 58 years. Jan. 26 at home, 1421 E 75th st., beloved husband of Freda Youngberg, fond father of Myrtle Elvira and Lawrence Youngberg. Funeral Thursday Jan. 29 at 2:30 p.m. from late home to Swedish Mission Church, 74th st and…

She was a Good Christian Lady

From the Batavia (Illinois) Herald, Wednesday 16 January 1901: “Death of an Aged Mother – Died, at the home of her daughters, Misses Christina and Amanda Tolf, on Hueston [sic] St., West Batavia, Sunday, Jan 13, 1901, after an illness of several weeks, Mrs. Elena Tolf, aged 78 years. Deceased was an old resident of…

Raymond Carl Johan Tolf 1891-1973

I started climbing my family tree in 1986 after reading an article in the Chicago Tribune. Raymond C. Tolf’s name was in the article. Everyone in my family referred to Raymond as Unkie. He was my maternal grandmother’s paternal uncle, the brother of Harry Tolf. Unkie and his sister outlived Harry and my grandmother and became sort-of surrogate…