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What Did You Do in the (Cold) War, Daddy?

DNA bid for US ´founding father´

Seeking better web searches

Genetic tests & DNA genealogy

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New book about Swede-Finns in Oregon by the emigrant historian and writer K-G Olin

Sorenson proving humans all 'kin' via a DNA database

In the Storm's eye

Who discovered the Americas

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Where to Start Family History in This Technological Age

Compiling Medical Pedigrees

Passport register updated

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Citizens With Two Passports

New book: Nine migrants from Ostrobothnia to New Zealand talk about their experiences




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The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2005 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at

What Did You Do in the (Cold) War, Daddy?

If you have relatives in Poland, you now have an opportunity to perhaps learn more about them than their immediate families know. A list of 240,000 names of Polish secret agents, informers, secret service employees, and victims of persecution during the Communist era was leaked on the Internet in the last few days and has become an instant hit. Finding a relative's name there may explain why that person left the country suddenly or perhaps why that person did not leave when the rest of the family emigrated.

"Lista Wildsteina" (Wildstein's list) is now available on many web sites and peer-to-peer file sharing networks and was made into a searchable database. Along with the good news for genealogists, there are worries that the list might contain names of active security agents, still working abroad.

The searchable database is available at Of course, the entire site is written in Polish.

DNA bid for US 'founding father'

BBC NEWS World Edition Monday, 31 January, 2005, 03:17 GMT

Scientists are looking for the DNA match of a Suffolk man who established the first English-speaking colony in America in 1607.

Seeking Better Web Searches

Deluged with superfluous responses to online queries, users will soon benefit from improved search engines that deliver customized results

By Javed Mostafa

Scientific American February 2005 issue

"In less than a decade, Internet search engines have completely changed how people gather information. No longer must we run to a library to look up something; rather we can pull up relevant documents with just a few clicks on a keyboard. Now that "Googling" has become synonymous with doing research, online search engines are poised for a series of upgrades that promise to further enhance how we find what we need."...

Moneymakers: Bennett Greenspan

DNA testing crosses paths with genealogy

Houston Chronicle Jan. 17, 2005, 10:44PM

"Bennett Greenspan had hit a dead end. Years of researching his family tree through records and documents revealed roots in Argentina, but he ran out of leads looking for his maternal great-grandfather. After hearing about new genetic testing at the University of Arizona, he persuaded a scientist there to test DNA samples from a known cousin in California and a suspected distant cousin in Buenos Aires."

Firm matches Icelanders' genetic makeup with region they come from
Test tracking ancestry to island's geography is part of effort to unravel human diseases
Nicholas Wade, New York Times Sunday, January 2, 2005

"An Icelandic company has developed a genetic test for analyzing where in Iceland people come from or, if their parents or grandparents came from different places, how their ancestry is distributed over the island's 11 geographic regions.

The fine-scale matching of genetic makeup to geographic origins is made possible by the surprising immobility of human populations. At least until the last few decades, people have tended overwhelmingly to live, marry and die where they were born." San Francisco Chronicle, CA - Jan 2, 2005

Book explores DNA's role in genealogy

Lebanon Daily News, PA - Jan 3, 2005

..."In actuality, the book is appropriate for both genealogical beginners -- the primer chapter of family history basics is as clear as the other parts of the book -- as well as those who merely want to get up to speed with the impact of DNA on genealogy. "...

New pages on this site:

Klockare i Sideby av Gunnar Nybond

Byskrivare och skrivna dokument av Gunnar Nybond

Gästgiverier och hållskjuts av Gunnar Nybond

Anders Petter Bengtsson Wahlström Bäckman: Defender of Närpes in 1808 by Sandra Johnson Witt

Benvik gård - Benvik estate and Peter Johan Bladh

Amerikafeber - America fever av Gunnar Nybond

New book about Swede-Finns in Oregon

The writer K-G Olin in Jakobstad has recently published a new book called "Egen lyckas smed". The book, which is in the genre of popular history, tells about Swede-Finn immigrants in the state of Oregon focusing on entrepreneurs.

Amongst other things the book tells about the fish wheels of the Columbia River, about Erickson's Saloon in Portland, about Coos Bay also known as "Little Kokkola", about the architect John Wicks, the famous Kankkonen Brothers and many contractors in Astoria. One chapter in the book goes into the situation of the females as emigrants.

Half of the 440 pages in the book consists of a name list with all the Swede-Finns Olin has found in Oregon. The list consists of about 8.000 names.

"Egen lyckas smed" is Olin's twelfth book. It is available only in Swedish.


Sorenson proving humans all 'kin' via a DNA database

The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation is building the world's largest correlated genetic and genealogical database, its goal to help people with genealogical research, using documented genetic information.

Deseret News (UT), September 13, 2004.

In the Storm's Eye - and the aftermath, report from Port Charlotte by June Pelo

September 11, 2004

Just after 4 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2004 Hurricane Charley struck our city of Port Charlotte, Florida with 145 mph winds. We were told the hurricane would hit south of us so we did not evacuate.

Who discovered the Americas?

Zeeya Merali Nature News Published online: 06 September 2004

Skull analysis suggests Australians got there first.

From the BA Festival of Science, Exeter, UK

"The first colonizers of the Americas came from Australia, according to archaeologists who have analysed skulls from 12,000-year-old skeletons found in California. The finding contradicts the traditional view that the first immigrants were the ancestors of modern Native Americans."

Tre generationer Sonck  by Harri Blomberg (In Swedish)

Three generations Sonck . The famous Finnish architect Lars Sonck had roots in Southern Ostrobothnia

Tips for genealogy research provided
Joplin Independent. Updated: 2004-08-06 13:56:46-06

Where to Start Family History in This Technological Age -

Perhaps, no hobby or research effort has benefited more from the Internet than genealogy, according to David Burton, civic communication specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

Compiling Medical Pedigrees

By Judy Florian, former Registered Nurse

When doctors, nurses, and hospital staff ask about medical history of a person's family, they are primarily interested in (in this order):

  1. Your own medical history
  2. Both of your parents' medical history
  3. Your siblings' (but not stepsisters or stepbrothers) medical history
  4. Paternal grandparents' medical history
  5. Maternal grandparents' medical history

Beyond these, medical histories are not considered as important, although some doctors *might* ask you to also include:

  1. Aunts' medical history (the full sisters of your father and/or mother)
  2. Uncles' medical history (the full brothers of your father and/or mother)
  3. First cousins' medical history

However, it is unusual for doctors to ask about the health of your aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Most adults will know already that the primary organ categories asked about are: Heart, lung, renal (kidney), pancreas, and liver which cover the primary large group diseases such as:

HEART: Heart attack (M.I. myocardial infarction), arrhythmia (abnormal heart rate), CHF (congestive heart failure), and hypertension (high blood pressure).
LUNG: Asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and tuberculosis.
RENAL: Kidney failure, hypertension (high blood pressure, which can affect kidney function).
PANCREAS: Diabetes --high blood sugar.
LIVER: Liver failure, etc.

Doctors also ask for other specific diseases that can affect one or more body organs, such as:

CANCER (can affect skin or any organ).
ALCOHOL ABUSE (affects liver and changes blood chemistries).
CHEMICAL ABUSE/DRUG ABUSE (affects liver; can affect blood and other organs if person has used IV drugs, e.g., "shooting up").

While there are many diseases that are considered hereditary or to "run in the family," there are actually few diseases where it would be any more beneficial to know more than three generations of history. This means you, your parents and your four grandparents.

Diseases considered to be truly genetic include those such as blood diseases (example: sickle cell -- important to know if there is African American bloodline in "white" families); blood-clotting deficiencies; rare/true chromosomal abnormalities like in mental retardation, and "orphan" diseases such as Noonan's Syndrome. For the true genetic chromosomal diseases or rare orphan diseases it would be good to know a more extensive history. For more information on rare orphan diseases see:

So, while it is interesting for families to know "heart attacks have been frequent in my primary family line for 150 years," doctors for the most part will still only be interested in three generations of medical history. Only when there is a rare diagnosis might an in-depth medical genealogy be worthwhile -- at least in today's medical world. Possibly in years to come, medical research will find a useful way to use the medical genealogies that researchers have compiled -- but authentic medical research must set certain criteria to have the research be valid, so in fact, our medical genealogies may end up still only being of interest to genealogy researchers.

One area that will become increasingly important, however, is the question: did you and your children have complete series of childhood immunizations? Many children did not have all or only some immunizations and perhaps booster shots were skipped. There is discussion now about how boosters only protect people for X number of years. Americans, for the most part, do not remember the rampant illness, debility and deaths caused by communicable diseases such as whooping cough, smallpox, and polio. Even measles and mumps can kill from opportunistic infections that can come with a major illness.

So while you are collecting your ancestors' medical histories, pull out your children's immunization records and talk to your doctor about what might still be needed.

Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 11 August 2004, Vol. 7, No. 32.

The Passport Register of the Institute of Migration has been updated

10 000 new records added, the register contains now circa 170 000 records. 29.7.2004

New pages on this site:

Excavations of the Wolf Cave (Susiluola, Varggrottan) has started again. Photos. 21.7.2004

Kanistrarnas decennium by Erik Appel (in Swedish)

Skeppsbyggeri i Sideby under 1800-talets senare hälft by Erik Appel (in Swedish)

Storsjö by i Sideby by Gunnar Nybond (in Swedish)

EMBASSY OF FINLAND, WASHINGTON, D.C., Consulate General of Finland, New York and Los Angeles

Citizens With Two Passports

"Dual citizens - a new resource to Finland. One of them, American-born Anna Kattan, 28, is a happy Finn since this January.

The largest number of declarations of all nations have been submitted in the United States since the new Nationality Act in Finland. Already 644 Americans have submitted a declaration in order to regain their Finnish citizenship."

New book

Harriet Jossfolk & Mikaela Berg: Då långt borta är hemma. Nio röster om österbottnisk emigration till Nya Zeeland.ISBN 952-5496-11-2 Scriptum Förlags AB

"When far away is at home" Nine immigrants talk about emigration to New Zealand.

Landet långt borta och nära Vbl 24.04.2004




Photos & documents. Queries about unidentified objects & persons in photos:

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Does anybody know the name of the book in which this photo from Sideby has been published? The photo must have been taken before 1916 as the place to the south of the Lassfolk (Solgård) house, where the village shop was built in 1916, is still empty

Excavations at the Wolf Cave


Carta Marina satellite images

Ancient mariners surprise oceanographers (pdf-file) Peter Miller tells how satellite imagery unlocked the long lost secrets of the Carta Marina map (credit James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota) drawn by Olaus Magnus almost 500 years ago.

Rossby, H.T., and P.I. Miller, Ocean eddies in the 1539 Carta Marina by Olaus Magnus, Oceanography, 16 (4), 77-88. (3 MB PDF file)





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