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!
The church books from the Bethlehem Covenant Church in Waverly give some clues about the origins and migration of many of the first Swedish immigrant families in southern Saunders and northern Lancaster counties in Nebraska.
ArkivDigital announced yesterday that many of the church books that they photographed this past summer in the Midwest are now available through their subscription service.