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Rediscovered by his great grand children in 1979 and 1987
Swedish ancestoral records are wonderful, and we were helped with the unfamiliar language, after we showed them grandfather's Swedish birth certificate giving the address where he was born.
This photo is of Penny, Nigel and Barrie looking at a millstone in Kilandra, found in 1987.
Millstone found at Kilandra in 1987The earliest ancestors found are Anders Jansson 1785 11 May died 1865 - 20/4 Angered (April 20) and his wife Maya Andersson 1780 31 Dec died 1861 - 10/11 Angered (Nov 10).
They were born at Angered and were living at Kilandra, where Anders was the miller - used millstones like the one being admired in 1987, when their son Anders Jansson was born 1817 30/11 at Kilanda baptised 1817 30/11 (same day he was born, their custom)
Siblings are Johan 1816 16 May, and Inga Lena 1821 3 Feb (I did not find Aron born 1825 19 Jan)
Inga Lena appears living at Bergsgarten, Angered in the first family census register (ends about 1870). She appears to have a son Johan Adolfbert born in 1850.
I could not locate the birth places of the two parents - not shown against the names in the household census, this detail appears after 1865. The town of Goteborg had a devasting fire in 1802, and the cathedral, together with the archives, were destroyed.

Swedish home of ancestors Anders Janson 30 Nov 1817 - 18 Sept 1875, son of Anders (11 May 1785 - 20 Apr 1865) and Maya Andersson (31 Dec 1780 - 10 Nov 1861), married Augusta Olsson and had 5 children.
All the children were born at Angered Bergsgarden. Victor, Hulda and their father died at Angered. Augusta Sophie died when the family was at Haga, under administration of Gustavi Domkyrhoforsamlings. In 1887 Anders Emil is listed as having left home.
1. Hulda Marie Janson 25 May 1850 - 15 Apr 1865 aged 15
2. Victor Alexander Janson 17 Feb 1852 - 6 Mar 1853 lived 1 year
3. Albert Wilheim Janson 1 Feb 1854 - 17 Oct 1914 married Johanna Andersdotter - 1 son
4. Augusta Sophy Janson 29 Nov 1855 - 10 Aug 1879 aged 24
5. Anders Emil Janson 24 Nov 1857 - 11 July 1942 in Australia

The photograph, taken in 1979, shows the children, snow, and a home made from wood.

Canal in Goteborg Augusta Elisabet Olsson born 1820 26/3 registered at Gustavi Domkyrk, Goteborg, is the daughter of Ironworker Elias Olsson born 1780 maybe at ?Hurtriv, died 1856 21/7 Goteborg (G Domk), married 1810 to Anna Gustava Bergstrom born 1785, died 1876 6/10 Goteborg (G Domk)
1. Karl Johan Olsson 2 Sept 1811 died before 1829
2. Johanna Sophia Olsson 17 March 1814 unmarried lived 80 yrs
3. Cecilia Kristina Olsson 8 Jan 1817 died before 1829
4. Augusta Elisabet Olsson 26 Mar 1820 lived 87 years
5. Gustaf Adolf Olsson 13 Nov 1823 sailor drowned 9 May 1843
6. Teodor Olsson 22 Oct 1827 died before 1829

The Household Census 1829..., page 294 for Gustav Domkyrk..., shows Gustaf Adolf became a sailor in 1843, drowned near Scotland 1843 9/5.
Augusta Elisabet moved to Vanersborg 1849 12/8 for her marriage, next appears in Angered.
Johanna Sofia transfers to Haga 1883 1/3 when administration reorganised registration areas. The Janson family grave

Uncle Albert's son had kept in touch with his cousins in Australia. Our trail ended with a letter dated 28 Sept 1987 from Helle Lindqvist Kyrkoskrivare, Pastorsambetet i, Oscar Fredriks forsamling, Box 31018, 400 32 Goteborg
Albert Wilhelm Jansson died in Haga on October 17, 1914 and his wife Johanna Andersdotter died in the same parish on June 9, 1925.
Ernst Gustaf Emil Janson moved from Haga to Orgryte parish on Sept 28, 1926 (also in Gothenburg) where he lived until he died on Nov 5, 1944.

There is no mention of Ernst Gustaf's family, so we assumed that the letter was the end of the story. The Jansons reunited
Then Swedish Bertil decided to try to trace his Australian cousins, and the letter was forwarded to us.
This happy photograph taken in 1998 shows the story continues, with second cousins, Australian Max, his wife Elizabeth, and Swedish Bertil, meeting in Lund, Sweden.
Cousin Ernst married Anna Elizabet Larsson born 24 Jan 1898, who died in 1997, before she could turn 100, and our visit was scheduled.


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began 1st Nov, 1998.
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