Swedish American genealogy, Swedish emigrants, Swedish- American biography, Saline Co. KS
In 1997, my article “Searching for Sissa” appeared in the Swedish American Genealogist.1 Over a decade later, I am still engaged in and fascinated by the pursuit of family history. Although I know little Swedish beyond a few basic terms and am certainly a genealogy amateur, a breakthrough in the Sissa search and recent discoveries on a related line have rekindled my excitement in tracing my Swedish roots. In my research, I have relied upon the indispensable work of family members, record keepers, and genealogists, and have greatly benefited from the wealth of information and original records now accessible online. “Searching for Sissa” was the story of researching my great-great-grandmother (the mother of my father’s maternal grandmother). Swedishborn Sissa was a Kansas immigrant who died in 1887 at the age of forty-one. 2 Surviving her were her husband Nels (whom she had married in Illinois) and ten children. The youngest was two-week-old Phillop, who, sadly, died a week after Sissa; and the oldest was my great-grandmother Jennie, who at seventeen was obliged to take on a mother’s role.
Swedish American Genealogist
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Lindell, Lisa, "Finding Sissa (and much more)" (2009). Hilton M. Briggs Library Faculty Publications. 22.