I know that my great-grandparents sailed to America in 1890 to await the birth of their child, my grandfather, Johan Waldo Johansson. Poppop was duly born in Hoboken, New Jersey, christened in the Swedish Lutheran Church there, and sailed back to Sweden at the age of two weeks. I know that he was raised in southern Sweden - a red velvet-covered photograph album was left after his death, filled with hundreds of photos (and not a single one identified) that had been taken mainly in Karlskrona (at the studio of Karl Karlson), a few in Malmo, and one in Stockholm. There was also a letter that was written from Christianstad. There are, of course, many variations of the spelling of Johansson, and one can find a great variance in Andrew: Anders, Andreas, Ander, etc. There are also many ways to spell Olson, and a few alternative spellings of Hannah. What I need to do is look at the 1900 church rolls for southern Sweden...
I also know that Grandfather had a brother named Ben, but I have no idea whether Ben was older or younger, born in Sweden or the US... And I have no idea regarding the ages of Poppop's parents... *sigh*
This is one of the things that keeps me digging into records.
I did notice one "odd" thing yesterday - I had been looking at a rune stone, set near Kallby, Sweden. This stone is inscribed, "Styrlakr placed this stone in memory of (Karr?), his father." The carving with it looks like someone dressed in a jumpsuit, with delineations of boots, gloves, and waist. The head appears to be either a canine with droopy ears, or possibly a deer, as there are antlers carved above the head. Last night, I was looking at a carving found on Baffin Island - it's identified as being a native hunter, carved by the Dorset tribe, who lived on Baffin at the time Vikings from Iceland were known to have visited. Do you see the similarities, also? Comments are very welcome!