They Came to Winnipeg

Swedish Family History

Family info updates

The family tree is constantly growing, with ancestors long gone and new found cousins, some as distant and 12th!!!  Always nice to have new relatives that you can communicate with and share family stories.  Please note on the Genealogy Reports page, the info may not be complete.  I try to update it every month or so as new information is available.  If you have any questions about any relationships, please feel free to contact me or leave a message in the guest book.

 

 "THEY CAME TO WINNIPEG"

I probably should have a huge question mark at the end of the title for many reasons, primarily..why leaving a northern clime would they come to this frigid city.  Had they not heard of British Columbia or California or any other warmer place?

Suffice to say, this is where they ended up, and I'm glad; had they gone elsewhere I may not be here.

My Grandparents

 

My Swedish grandfather Einar Andreas Hansson is from Hofors, in the north of Sweden and my Swedish grandmother Jenny Wahlgren is from Ystad in the south of Sweden.  It is doubtful I would be here, had they not immigrated to North America.  As young adults, on their own, sailing in different years, for different reasons, they went to different locations in the USA before coming to Winnipeg, where they met.

The following pages contain their history and ancestry. 

You will also find my extended family tree here and links to my other family sites on the "links to other stuff" page.   

 

My most up to date family tree can be seen here Hansson Wahlgren Families

There are individual Ancestry reports on each of my grandparents pages and those will be expanded as my research continues.  Below you will see all my Swedish side Ancestors that I have found to date.

 

Introduction

etracing a families journey

My most up to date family tree can be seen here Hansson Wahlgren Families

 

Hansson, Wahlgren, Nilsdotter, Nilsson, Schultz


We all have roots, most spread beyond the border of where we were born.  This is a brief  history of the many different families  from Sweden that make up one branch of my family tree.

I am a proud 2nd generation Canadian, on all sides, with 50% of my roots in Sweden.  Or so I thought.

Recently we had our DNA tested at 23andMe.com.  There were incredible surprises.  As my mother is from 2 Swedish parents, I expected her to be 100% Scandinavian, or close to it.  As it turns out..this is not the case.  Although records back to the 1600's put her ancestry in Sweden, it is now apparent that their roads to Sweden were varied.

Below is the composition of Mom's  "Swedish" ancestry.  We can't know at this time which is her maternal or paternal side without the testing of cousins on both sides of the family, however as the paper trail goes, her father's mother's family is mostly of Finnish origins.

 

23andMe.com has 3 views of Composition. Conservative, Standard and Speculative. Below is the Standard View of my Maternal  Ancestry :

 

European 99.80%
   
Northern European  
   
Scandinavian 25.60%
   
Finnish 11.70%
   
British & Irish 0.10%
   
Broadly Northern European 47.80%
   
Broadly European 14.60%
   
Unass 0.20%   
    

 

Ancestry Composition tells you what percent of your DNA comes from each of 22 populations worldwide. The analysis includes DNA you received from all of your ancestors, on both sides of your family. The results reflect where your ancestors lived 500 years ago, before ocean-crossing ships and airplanes came on the scene.

99.80%
European

Northern European
25.60%
Scandinavian
11.70%
Finnish
0.10%
British & Irish
47.80%
Broadly Northern European
14.60%
Broadly European
0.20%
Unassigned
100%

 
 
Below is the Speculative View:
99.9%
European
 
Northern European
44.8%
Scandinavian
15.0%
Finnish
3.4%
British & Irish
2.2%
French & German
32.3%
Broadly Northern European
0.8%
Eastern European
1.4%
Broadly European
0.1%
East Asian & Native American
0.1%
Broadly East Asian & Native American
< 0.1%
Unassigned

99.9%
European
 
Northern European
44.8%
Scandinavian
15.0%
Finnish
3.4%
British & Irish
2.2%
French & German
32.3%
Broadly Northern European
0.8%
Eastern European
1.4%
Broadly European
0.1%
East Asian & Native American
0.1%
Broadly East Asian & Native American
< 0.1%
Unassigned
99.9%
European
 
Northern European
44.8%
Scandinavian
15.0%
Finnish
3.4%
British & Irish
2.2%
French & German
32.3%
Broadly Northern European
0.8%
Eastern European
1.4%
Broadly European
0.1%
East Asian & Native American
0.1%
Broadly East Asian & Native American
< 0.1%
Unassigned
99.90%
European
 
Northern European
44.80%
Scandinavian
15.00%
Finnish
3.40%
British & Irish
2.20%
French & German                                                       32.30% 
 
Broadly Northern European
0.80%
Eastern European
1.40%
Broadly European
0.10%
East Asian & Native American
0.10%
Broadly East Asian & Native American
< 0.1%
Unassigned
 
 
So saying I'm 1/2 "Swedish" is really inaccurate as my breakdown is 50% of my mothers which is above.  I can guess that marauding Vikings could account for some of this diversity!!   There are also records that point to Forest Finns and Walloons. This changes nothing in my personal identity other than identifying where my deep ancestral roots are.  It just goes to prove what a diverse group of people we are descended from.

 

Einar's Photos

99.9%
European
 
Northern European
44.8%
Scandinavian
15.0%
Finnish
3.4%
British & Irish
2.2%
French & German
32.3%
Broadly Northern European
0.8%
Eastern European
1.4%
Broadly European
0.1%
East Asian & Native American
0.1%
Broadly East Asian & Native American
< 0.1%
Unassigned
99.9%
European
 
Northern European
44.8%
Scandinavian
15.0%
Finnish
3.4%
British & Irish
2.2%
French & German
32.3%
Broadly Northern European
0.8%
Eastern European
1.4%
Broadly European
0.1%
East Asian & Native American
0.1%
Broadly East Asian & Native American
< 0.1%
Unassigned