Researching Family History: Finding Tyre Nilsdotter and her family

Published: Thursday, March 15 2012 5:38 p.m. MDT

Editor's note: This week Mormon Times shares stories from staffers' and contributors' family history — whether one from an ancestor or their search to fill out their family tree — that educate, entertain, inspire or uplift.

Tyre Nilsdotter’s name showed on her Danish death record. The record included her birth year of 1767, but no birthplace was given.

Some clues led me to understand that she was born in Sweden, not far from her death place in Denmark. One day in the Family History Library, I checked a couple of microfilm rolls, but there was no Tyre. Before I knew it, the library was closing down for the day, so I returned the roll of microfilm to the drawer, picked up all my items and went home.

The next morning, I woke a little earlier than usual. I felt an urge to go to the library to continue the search for her birthplace.

As quickly and efficiently as I could, I prepared for the day. After family prayer, I gave my wife a kiss, told her what was happening and about the unexplainable desire I had to quickly get to the library.

It seemed like before I knew it, I was at the doors of the library and went down onto floor B-1, where Scandinavian records are located. I found a microfilm reader and went to the drawer, pulling another microfilm roll I felt needed to be checked. The thought came into my mind, “Go to 1767 in the christenings.”

I reeled the handle of the microfilm reader and stopped on that year in the parish registers. Soon, I was at the entry that showed the name of Tyre Nilsdotter.

Somehow, I had a feeling that this was not her. The thought came instantly to me to go into the death records. The death records showed Tyre was born in 1767 and died nine months after her christening. A new understanding came into my mind that this was her sister. I reeled the microfilm to the christenings in 1769. In a moment, there was her entry of christening. Checking death records, Tyre was not in them as her sister was. It was her!

Then I felt an impression to find her other siblings and parents. This took some time, for the family was large with several children. Once her parents had been found, their siblings and parents were pursued and gathered.

I felt joy because I was there to help “bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

Russell Bangerter is president of Ancestral Connections Inc. at www.ancestralconnect.com. He is a professional genealogist, author and speaker, and adviser to Treasured Souls to Keep, treasuredsoulstokeep.com.

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