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6365Re: Any genealogy detectives who can help this lady?

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  • Caren Secord
    Mar 5, 2011
      Hello -

      I can see an immigration record for a Jenny Gustafson in March 1911 on the Ancestry site.  She was 22 and single and from Sweden.  She arrived in Halifax on the Megantic but her destination was Saskatchewan. 

      Then there is a record for a Jenny Gustafson in the 1911 census.  She was 22 and living in Saltcoats, SK.  From the Automated Genealogy 1911 census index, this is the description of where she was living:
      Township 20 in range 3 west of the 2nd M.

      She was living with John and Ida Christina Apslund and was listed as their niece.  The original census record indicates that she had arrived in 1911.  This is a good fit for the Jenny who arrived in 1911 on the Megantic.


      On 3/5/2011 12:36 PM, Robert Boynton wrote:

      I would advise her to contact by phone or mail, all of the cemeteries in the Moose Jaw area and ask them about Jenny..Some are on the internet, but some are not!




      Rob Boynton


      From: owner-dist-gen@... [mailto:owner-dist-gen@...] On Behalf Of Joan Miller
      Sent: March-04-11 4:35 PM
      To: Dist-Gen
      Cc: Clarke, Kay
      Subject: Any genealogy detectives who can help this lady?


      Hi all,
      I just had a comment on my blog asking for help finding a lady's g-grandmother.  Does anyone have suggestions for Tracey? 


      Do you have any suggestions of where I should go to find information about my great-grandmother?  We have very little information about her - just her name - Jenny Gustafson and that she came from Stockholm, Sweden to Canada in 1912-1913.  My grandfather, George Edward Gustafson was born in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan on October 7, 1913.  He believes he may have been conceived during the voyage.  Jenny placed him in the care of the Children's Aid Society.  However, after a week or so, she removed him from the Society and gave him to Mr. and Mrs. David and Maria Rhode. (They had just recently lost their son David in a flu or diptheria epidemic, and renamed my grandfather David Rhode).  Mr. Rhode worked for the Robin Hood Flour Mill, while Mrs. Rhode ran a boarding house and was also a midwife.  I believe that is the connection between her and Jenny.  Apparently Jenny came around for a few weeks, then disappeared completely.  There is rumor that she may have died in the flu epidemic of 1918.  However, I have researched many cemetaries in and around Moose Jaw, and have no sign of her name.  I have had no luck searching census records either.  I was hoping I might find her name on a passenger list, but have no idea where to start looking.  Any ideas?

      Your help is much appreciated!


      Tracey Guerrier



      Joan Miller
      Luxegen Genealogy
      Alberta Family History Society Blog
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