|Date added:||2021-07-02 11:29|
|Date ending:||2021-08-01 11:29|
|Project creator:||AndreBagley | Post PMB|
Rating: 10 Reviews: 1
|Names of Ancestors:||Erik Daniel Hultberg|
|Religion of family Member(s):||Before immigrating to America in 1900, they were members of the state Church of Sweden - Lutheran|
|Village/Town/Province/State of family:||Last known residence was in California|
|Range of years which are required for the research:||1930 onwards
(10 hours of research to start, more hours may be authorized if progress is being made and the party authorizing this research is willing to pay)|
|Specific dates and events:||See: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/113790375/person/350121504159/facts|
|Occupations of family member(s):||Member of a crew for a tourist glass-bottom ship. |
|Names of any spouses and how they relate to your family lines:||See Ancestry tree|
|Sibling names:||See Ancestry tree|
|Dates of immigration:||Came to America in 1900 - See ancestry tree.|
|Information available from previous research:||The client has researched his immigrant ancestor. Erik Hultberg’s lineage dates back to the 1500s and is only interested in what happened to him after 1930, as he appeared to disappear, and the client knows nothing beyond that. The client will provide copies/access to compiled research they, or someone they have had research performed on their behalf that they are aware of before the commencement of the research session.
|Goal of research:||Determine what happened to the client’s grandfather and Swedish immigrant ancestor, Erik Hultberg, who immigrated to the United States in 1900 by locating records concerning his activities and whereabouts after 1930.|
|Branch of service, rank, and years served in the military for any family members:||N/A|
|Additional Notes:||Here is some additional information regarding Erik Hultberg (attached) that may not be on Ancestry:
A copy of my father's birth certificate
A copy of the divorce certificate between Erik and my father's mother (which reveals that Erik had a drinking problem)
2 photos of Eric working as the crew of a ship for the Wilmington Transportation Company (maybe the captains have jackets and the crew without jackets) that had boat routes from San Pedro, California (near Long Beach)to Avalon, Catalina Island. The two boats named on the lifesavers are the Empress and the Princess, which were both glass-bottom boats owned by Wilmington. That was a very popular tourist thing - to visit Catalina Island on a glass-bottom boat in the 1920s and 1930s. I got copies of these photos from relatives that I met on Ancestry - they are related to Erik through Erik's sister Elsie.
A copy of the obituary for Erik's father in 1944, which does not mention Erik, and makes me think that Erik probably died sometime between 1930 and 1944. I also can not find a WW2 draft card for Erik, making me think he died before WW2.
Not really…it sounds like there are two geographic areas to look at (San Pedro/Long Beach AKA Los Angeles city/county, and Chicago, Cook County)? Any genealogist on the ground there might be able to look up archival court records (if a name change is suspected) or connect with a Catalina/San Pedro local library, historical society, or genealogy society to look for Erik’s footprints (ship crew manifests, etc.).
NARA has holdings for merchant marine records (including some local stuff). A long shot, but archival records or newspaper accounts of Wilmington boat accidents/sinkings?
As a strategy, if he did a name change, I’d look at the 1930 and 1940 census in LA for similar forenames and maybe a family surname (mother’s maiden name?), birth in Illinois, etc. All that assumes truthful info reported. If he was ducking alimony or child support, he could be challenging to locate, as he may have purposely avoided contact by enumerators and adopted an alias without a legal name change.
If you know his exact DOB, I’d also look in relevant death indices for deaths of male individuals reporting that DOB if his death was recorded under a different name. Maybe there is abstracted evidence in a DC showing the correct parent’s names, birthplace, etc.
If you haven’t used it, try the California Digital Newspaper Collection (https://cdnc.ucr.edu/). Lots of period digitized papers (small, local). I quickly searched for your guy and hit a couple of Erik Hultbergs, but probably not him.
Lastly, if you can get your hands on Erik’s father’s 1944ish probate file, will, etc., that might shed light on Erik’s status as a living heir or beneficiary…or that he was deceased.
Just thinking out loud; guessing you might have ticked many of these boxes already.
As I said, a neat mystery. Just my .02$…Good luck!
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|Countries:||United States-all of the US|
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