I made a major, MAJOR breakthrough in the ancestry of my Grandpa Lawrence Rudeen, through his mother Augusta Mathilda Gustafsdotter. At last, we have a true celebrity in the family!
Several weeks ago, I wrote about a possilbe Frank Rudeen family that was living next door to Uncle Carl Rudeen and Aunt Anna Stark in Altona, Illinois in 1870. So who the heck is Frank Rudeen? I have answers!
A DNA match on Ancestry.com was the key to finding out about a previously unknown branch of the family, and a fourth cousin just down the road!
Andrew Hallner was a significant person in the lives of my ancestors, in the history of Sunders County and the State of Nebraska, and in the formation of the Evangelical Covenant Church. He has a fascinating life story as well.
After yesterday’s post about the church records in Waverly, I started entering some basic facts about Uncle Carl Rudeen and his descendants into my genealogy software (a long-overdue task). Some details about his grandson Arvid Samuelson came to light and I am in awe!