Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 16:39:24 -0400
From: Beverly Flanigan FLANIGAN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: Re: Garcia (Marquez)
Ah, but note that Eric (or Eirikur) Ericsson and his sister
Ericsdottir are never surnamed after their mother (unlike the very nice
Spanish system). So one must still trace ancestry through the males in
the family, as I did last summer in Sweden: Olof Larsson and his wife
Stina ? begat Lars Gustaf Olofsson, who begat Frans Gustafsson (Swedes
like to go by their middle names), etc.; but Gustaf's sister was Sara
Lisa Olofsdottir, not Stinasdottir, and when she married Jonas
Johannesson their son was named Gustaf Jonasson, not Lisasson. My
grandfather the immigrant, born Jonas Peter Olofsson, became simply
John Olson in this country--but that was no less confusing for the
postal system in Minnesota!
Beverly Olson, now Flanigan--an
equally confusing, and usually misspelled, name.