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Old 04-07-2013, 07:52 AM
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My name is Annika Skoglund, I live in Sweden (so you have to excuse me if I don't have all the words correct). In 1942 my great grandmothers cousin, Ernest Carlson, went out in the World War II. He listed a man called Carl Anderson, that lived in Rockford, Illinois, that would always know Ernest's address. The problem is that I don't know who Carl Anderson was so I don't know how old he was or where he was born... I only know where he lived in 1942 and that the house he lived in was built in 1941 (I have searched for the house in Rockford and according to information about the house, it was built in 1941). Therefore I can't search for him in 1940's census since I don't know where he lived then...

Is there anyone out there who could help me? I would be so grateful for any information!

Love, Annika
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:01 AM
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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You might try here: Welcome - Swedish Historical Society of Rockford, IL

But it is going to be difficult because so many Andersons have lived in Rockford.

At one time, more than half of the population consisted of Swedish immigrants or the children of Swedish immigrants.

I just counted the Andersons listed in my 1958 East Rockford Senior High School year book and came up with 66. That's 66 individual Andersons in one high school. (86 Johnsons, also.)
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:40 AM
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And that probably does NOT include ALL of the various spellings of Anderson:


Remember that the US immigration has never been accused of being great spellers.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:58 PM
Location: Greenville, SC
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I did a quick search for Carl Andersons in Rockford Illinois born circa 1920 on Ancestry.com and came up with a few hits in the 1930 and 1940 censuses. That's where I'd look for possible matches for Carl Anderson ... if you have a middle initial, it will make it easier to narrow down your search. You might sign up for a trial account at Ancestry.com, or try using the LDS site FamilySearch (free ... I'm assuming they won't proselytize you if you sign up):

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Old 04-08-2013, 03:17 PM
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You might want to move this post to the People Search forum on city-data....you might have better luck there.
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:49 PM
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Hi Annika,

Three churches were made for my grandma, aunt, and mom by an old Swedish gentleman. I found a handwritten card in the church with his name and address on it: Ernest Carlson, 2238 9th Street, Rockford, IL 964-3896. He wrote that it was modeled after Örsjö kyrka (church), Småland, Kalmar Lan, Sweden.

Hope this helps
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