Category: Family History

The Story of Johann Magnus Anderson, Part 1

By Emma Christina Anderson Pusard Translated from Swedish by Mildred Anderson Lekberg & Sven Lekberg.  Edited for clarity by Rosalind Spitzer Read the whole story here:  The Story of Johann Magnus Anderson My grandfather, Anders Peterson, died three months before my father was born. My… Continue Reading “The Story of Johann Magnus Anderson, Part 1”

Emma’s Story

Is there something about childless women that makes them more likely to be caught up in the past?  Or is it that those of us with children are so obsessed with the future that we forget we were formed by what happened before us?… Continue Reading “Emma’s Story”

P.O. Tilderquist’s Immigration Story

Anna’s father, Peter Olsson Tilderquist, would never speak about himself or his experiences unless pressed to do so, so his children grew up knowing very little about his background.  The most they learned about him was when his brother Lars, who had immigrated to… Continue Reading “P.O. Tilderquist’s Immigration Story”

Gustava’s Story

Gustava sat down with her bundle of belongings in an open door of a dilapidated barn and cried as if her heart was broken.  It was not easy for the favorite daughter of a nämndemannen (juryman) of Kärda, Sweden, endowed with an independent spirit,… Continue Reading “Gustava’s Story”

Gustava’s Unworn Wedding Dress

In Chapter 1 of Anna’s Home, the character Eva tells the story of her mother’s beautiful, but unworn, wedding dress.  This is a real story is narrated by Eva Tilderquist in the family history, P.O. Tilderquist Family, which she published in 1952.  Eva implies… Continue Reading “Gustava’s Unworn Wedding Dress”

Angelika’s High School Physics Notebook

With Earth Day and the March for Science coming up April 22, I’ve been reflecting on how important science is to me even though I chose a career in education and writing instead of a scientific field. My family tree is rife with science… Continue Reading “Angelika’s High School Physics Notebook”


In Memory of Angelika Olson (September 17,1889-October 14, 1972) Even though it’s been 60 years since my Nanny’s garden was at its height, it still grows in my memory.