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Norsten in Canada

Query by kstenman

Looking for relatives in Canada and US with Joakim Norsten as an ancestor in common. He had 5 sons and 2 daughters and lived parts of his life in Saskatchewan. Some I have located but others just disappeared. One grandson changed his surname to Chilman and I found his children spread over Canada and US. One daughter married Andersson and moved to Vancouver. But no further traces. Please help if you can.
The picture shows Joakim and his wife Berta Caroline.

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on 2011-09-28 05:30:51

kstenman has been a Family Tree Circles member since Sep 2011. is researching the following names: NORSTEN, CHILMAN, STENMAN.

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by ruthena on 2012-05-26 07:07:52

I was born in Canada BC, I have done some research on my grandmother's side and do believe she was related somehow to Joakim. my grandmothers maiden name was Teckla C.Norsten and she did marry Anderson, my mother's name was Ena and uncles Swen,Emil,Carl and they did have a farm near or around Saskatoon Sask.
I am now a senior and have found this research very interesting. I came to the USA in 1962 but all my siblings and relatives are still in Canada.
I would be interested in hearing if we have any relatives in common.

by kstenman on 2012-05-27 16:33:47


Thank you very much for the response, for sure you are related and I now finally have an active contact person from the Teckla branch of the family tree!

To give a short version of the family history I started with a few photos and names. The photo in my query displays Joakim and Berta Caroline Norsten from Grdsmark in northern Sweden (near Skelleftea). Their 10 children, out of which 5 children also went to Canada was Nels, John, Carl, Wilhelm and Teckla. They all lived at least during a couple of years in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Successfully farming or working within their trade of carpentry or farming. I can give further info on those via email. I also have information on ancestors as far back as 1700 century.

Teckla has been a huge question mark so far. I found traces on the Internet of her first, in 2009 but that turned out to be a "dead end". Her daughter Lily Aurora's descendants did not seem to be interested in further contact. However, he had a webpage where I got details on Lily Auroras children. Then I got some info from relatives to Elias Andersson's brother, also in Canada and I managed to trace down another 6 children of Teckla. Here is all my information on her and the children:

Tekla Karolina(Tekla Caroline) Norsten
*July 13, 1879. Emigrated to Canada June 17, 1899. Married, ca 1900
May 4, 1965, Burnaby, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Husband: Elias Ferdinand Andersson(Alex Anderson)
*April 25, 1867 in Mellansj, Ramsele, Vsternorrland, Swe.
May 22, 1943, Vancouver, British Columbia.


Emil Ferdinand *July 23, 1902 Willowbrook, Sask. ? (1964 & buried in Yorkton?)

Sven Alexander (Swen) *May 22, 1904 Willowbrook, Sask. Okt 18, 1960 in Britannia Beach, Vancouver, BC

Eva Leone Caroline(Ena) *May 18, 1906 Willowbrook. ?(after 1960), married 1st 1931 John Mowat, 2nd Mr Cambell.

Anselm Waldemar *Aug 2, 1908 Willowbrook, Sask. July 7, 1913 Sask.

Beatrice Lillie Aurora *July 4, 1910 May 6, 1991

Olga *ca 1912, Sask. ? Probably early, definitely before 1960.

Reinhold(Ray or Reginald) *July 18, 1913 Dec 17, 1963, when he died he lived at 1215 Bute Str. Vancouver, BC. Divorced before 1963, 1 daughter Joanne.

I suggest that we continue our exchange of information via email. You can reach me on [email protected]

Why do I have an interest then? Well my grandmothers old photos gave me an reason and if I did my counting right you do have third cousins both in Canada and USA. I am much further away on the branching family tree but still it is interesting to research the subject. I live in Sweden and grew up in the same village as the Norsten siblings!

Do you have any photos of Teckla? I have a wedding photo that might be of her. Let me know and I can send the link to the web album if you are interested.

Well that is all for now and I am really looking forward to a continued discussion.

Katarina Stenman

by ruthena on 2012-05-27 17:24:19

Hi Katarina
Teckla is my grandmother, I am 76 and just for something to do started looking up my ancestory and saw your post. I do have some pictures of my grandmother and will e-mail them to you at your e-mail address, this is very interesting, from what I gather grandma had 11 children, Olga died young of scarlet fever and I have a coffin plaque of a young child( I will try to find that, I have one older sister and 4 younger half siblings (10-12 years younger) my mother Ena(not eva) married again after Mowat(my father)
I will check with my family in Canada and see if they are also interested.

Ruth Bergner

by selectall on 2012-07-07 17:16:25

how wonderful I am Jo-Anne Anderson Father born Willowbrook Saskatchewan 1913 have known so little about my ancestors. my e_mail is [email protected] yes he had a sister Ena and Beatrice.

by selectall on 2012-07-07 17:50:34

Have waited for 64 yr, to find out who I am call me at 250-649-0407 |this is so wonderful. oh by the way this is Jo-anne once again.

by kstenman on 2012-07-10 06:11:24

Hello Jo-Anne
I have answered to your private emails. If not recieved yet check your Trash/junk-mailbox. SOmetimes our university is considered to be bad by other providers.....
Great that you have found my query. You are the third that noticed that and contacted me. It works!

by ruthena on 2012-07-12 21:05:32

Hi Jo-Anne
I just sent you an e-mail so you can contact me directly, the only cousin I really knew was Brian Salter, that was Aunt Beatrices son, anyway I will make this short and sweet and thank Katarina for starting this inquiry.
Will talk to you later.

Ruth B.

by ruthe on 2013-07-01 21:36:45

Hi Katarina
This is Ruth from Arizona, I tried to send an e-mail to you at the address listed above but it came back as undeliverable.
I have a new computer and new e-mail service so I don't know if it is at this end or yours. I have some more information for you and sorry it has been so long.
Hope to hear from you.
If you can't get through please post here, I will check it daily.

Ruth B.

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