From Orsa to Stanchfield

History and Genealogy of the Stanchfield (MN) Baptist Church


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Tips for Name Searches

It is recommended to make use of the Advanced Search function. It is especially useful for searching by alternate names or for married women (lookup by spouse surname). 

In general the following rules apply to the handling of immigrant names, but there are exceptions:
  • Immigrant men have been entered with their American name as the primary name and Swedish birth name, including the Dalecarlian gårdsnamn (farm name), as alternate name (see “To search by alternate name” below). 
  • Immigrant women are typically entered by Swedish birth name if married at time of emigration. If you don’t know the Swedish maiden name then search by first name and surname of spouse. Women who emigrated as single women or widows are typically entered with American names if known, with the Swedish name as an alternate. 
Swedish names are spelled with the appropriate accented vowels, such as ö, ä and å.

To search by alternate name, choose Advanced Search, scroll down to Other Events, and hit Click to Display. Skip past AKA and look for Alt. Name. Enter the name in the Fact field. There are no separate fields for given name and surname.

Note about the gårdsnamn: It was not uncommon for someone’s farm name to change over the course of their life. We found no perfect solution to this dilemma, but in general if the person did not emigrate then the birth farm name was entered. Emigrants were entered with the farm name shown on the emigration record. In some cases, an alternate farm name was also entered. This is a separate field in the Other Events section. 

Be creative with spellings. Erik, Erick, and Eric are all possible for example, as are Lorents, Lorentz, and Lorenz.  Also, Swedish orthography changed over time which affected some spellings. Common variations are: w/v, ä/e, th/t, å/o, ts/tz/z. 

If the name you are searching for has an initial, try with and without a period. Entries are unfortunately not consistent.

Viewing the Genealogical Charts

It is worth taking the time to explore the various views offered. The program will display up to twelve generations in most views (see dropdown). There is also a relationship calculator which shows not just one but up to ten possible relationships between two people up to fifteen generations.  

Although most of the views offered are self-explanatory, I found the Descendancy Tracker function to be a bit confusing. While in Descendant Text view or Register view there is a little icon that appears next to the names. Clicking that will show the direct line of descent from the main person to the person whose icon is clicked. The farther down the generations you choose the more people will show. Hit the back button to return to where you were.

There are several reports under the Info tab. These can be exported as csv files, however the Swedish characters do not transfer to American versions of Excel. There is a workaround but it will be different depending on your version of Excel.  For me the workaround is to open a blank workbook in Excel, from the Data tab choose Get Data, choose the file and Import. This will open a new window which will offer a dropdown to choose Unicode (UTF-8), then hit load and it should display properly.

Research notes
Personal research notes have been included but are not always updated as further research is done. They can be accessed over the Info tab, or by choosing Register when in Descendant mode. 
If you get stuck with anything, just drop us a line on the contact page

Our research does not meet the genealogical proof standard. Every effort was made to avoid mistakes, but in a tree this large there is bound to be some incorrect data. The farther back in time, the bigger the margin for error and the fewer sources attached to each person. Research emphasis was placed on persons buried in Stanchfield as well as emigrants from Orsa. Not all children of all families are listed and a relative birth cutoff point of ca. 1900 was chosen. Some families are more thoroughly researched than others. There is also no consistency in regards to place names. 

Always do your own fact checking before adding any of our information to your own family tree. 

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