Thursday, July 8, 2010

Still More Photos...

That's all the photos I have. If anyone else has more photos of the reunion that they would like to share, please email them to me at the email address on the sidebar of this blog, and I will be happy to post them.

More information to follow next week about the reports and histories on display at the reunion...

More Reunion Photos...

Here are more reunion photos...

More to follow!

Family Reunion Photos...

The reunion has come and gone. I hope those who attended had a fabulous time reconnecting with loved ones! In the next week I will post many photos of this wonderful event. I'm not going to put names to faces in these photos. You'll have to do that if you choose to copy them to your own computer. Every few days I'll post more photos. I'm not sure I was able to photograph everyone in attendance, but it wasn't for lack of trying!


More to come!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A week away...

With the "John A. & Effie Dunn Lindberg 2010 Family Reunion" just a week away, I thought I would inform all about what has been transpiring these last few weeks. Family representatives have been busy collecting requested data.

The first piece of information we requested from our family reps was a tentative head count for those planning on attending the event. Presently most of our representatives have responded, and we have over 225 relatives expected to be in attendance that day. Although we hoped for a good showing, this has exceeded even our expectations! Please note the information in the post below as to what to bring to the event. Because of numbers, you will certainly want to bring as much seating (lawn chairs, quilts, etc.) as you can put your hands on! ;o)

Second, a "Lindberg Cousin Directory" has been established. This directory lists the names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and blogs of the first generation grandchildren of Effie and John A. Lindberg. After the reunion I will send this "Lindberg Cousin Directory" as an attachment in an email to the family reps, and they will forward on the email and attachment to their brothers and sisters so all can have that information in their possession.

Many thanks to the family reps for their hard work in collecting and distributing information about the reunion. Dick Lindberg and his family have been hard at work organizing the events for that day. We appreciate their efforts on our behalf!

Please drop down to the post below for more information about the reunion schedule and what you are expected to bring to the event! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at the email address on the sidebar of this blog.

See you there!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Family Reunion Update

The time is fast approaching for the John A. and Effie Dunn Lindberg Family Reunion being held Saturday, June 26, 2010, at "Big Cottonwood Regional Park," 4300 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City. The activities will begin at 11:30 a.m. A large pavilion with 12 picnic tables which seats 210 people has been reserved. The pavilion is on a knoll, northwest of the parking lot. Other amenities include restrooms, shuffleboard, horseshoes, playground and a volleyball court. Family members are invited to bring family history projects, scrapbooks, photo albums, books, biographies for a display table.

Here is a schedule of events:

11:30am -- Arrive at Big Cottonwood Regional Park
11:30 - 12:30 -- Registration, name tags, get acquainted game, and view family history displays
12:30 - 1:30 -- Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 -- Craft projects for children 3 years to 12 years. Games for teenagers will be available.
1:30 - 3:00 -- Adult activities and reports.
3:00 -- Visiting

Please bring the following:

1.) Everyone attending is responsible for bringing his/her own lunch and beverages, cups, plates, utensils, napkins, etc.

2.) There will be a designated "snack table". Feel free to bring treats to share with all throughout the day.

3.) If you live in the area, please bring a labeled water cooler filled with water and ice for all to share throughout the afternoon. Cups will be provided.

3.) The pavilion has 12 picnic tables with wooden tabletops. Bring your own table cloth, blankets, and folding chairs.

4.) Family members are invited to bring family history projects, scrapbooks, photo albums, books, biographies, etc. for the display table.

If you have a faith promoting story regarding family history research that you would like to share, please contact Dick Lindberg by June 15th.

Family representatives (see side bar on the right) will be contacting individual families for information. Please respond quickly to your family rep with the information we request. Thank you!

We look forward to a relaxing, fun-filled day visiting and reacquainting ourselves with family members. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at my email address on the sidebar.

- Suzanne

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Distant Cousin Found...

A family history experience shared by
Wanda Brown Marsh...

"Last year when we were cleaning out mother's home, I ran across a letter that had been sent to mother (Edith Lindberg Brown) some time back from a "Jorge Schwenson" who lives in Germany. I recently replied to the letter to determine if he was still there. It turns out that he had gotten information from Family Search on his pedigree that linked him to the Lindberg family. His great-great-grandfather Christian Nils Schwenson was a brother of Anna Jonason. As you may recall she was Grandpa Lindberg's (John A. Lindberg) mother. It turns out that he went to Germany when the Sven Jonason and Bengta Antonson family came to America. I gave him the reunion information along with my emails address, and we have since started to correspond. I will keep you posted on this new cousin."
- February 16, 2010
Photo: Anna Jonason Lindberg

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage,
to know who we are and where we came from."
- Alex Haley

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tender Mercy...

Over the years as I have engaged in family history work, I've found that any effort on my part has been rewarded ten fold. Even in the beginning when my attempts to identify ancestors were feeble at best, undeniable and obvious blessings came. So, as we set in motion the plans for a Lindberg Family Reunion, I wondered in what form the blessings would come. These blessings in regard to family history are something I've come to anticipate, expect, and appreciate. It didn't take long to identify a few of those blessings.

With the onset of a large family get-together of this kind, there are, of course, the obvious blessings of reconnecting with extended family members and collecting and distributing family information. Blessings such as these have already been realized. Cousins have been "found." Photos and personal histories are being collected, and more than 30 family names have been made available for family members to take to the temple. These are obvious and precious blessings.

In addition a few "tender mercies" have surfaced. These subtly arrive and give affirmation and understanding of the important work that is involved when "one's heart is turned." In the past these "tender mercies" have happened with enough regularity for me to come to expect the unexpected.

The following is just such an experience. My sister, Nancy Lindberg Criddle (Ralph's daughter), shared this experience with our family last weekend. I think you will enjoy her story and see evidence of a tender mercy extended, not only to a grieving father, but to our family as well as we make plans for our Lindberg Family Reunion.
- Suzanne Lindberg Smith

In Nancy's words:
February 6, 2010

Today Dean and I attended the funeral of my friend Tony Peers. She was exactly my age and died of pancreatic cancer a week ago, a few short weeks after her diagnosis.
It was a remarkable funeral. There must have been 600 people there from the church and community.

After the funeral we were talking with Tony's father, Joe Gillespie, who lives in Green Valley, California. In the course of the conversation he mentioned being from Tooele! I remember meeting Gillespies in the Lindberg family department store, The Tooele Merc., every time I would visit as a child.

When I told Joe Gillespie that I was a "Lindberg" -- Ralph's
daughter -- his eyes got huge and he grabbed my hand. He was my father's good friend. They were the same age and went through school together. They even played football together. Later in life he got together with Dad in California, inviting him to Green Valley to play golf with him. He became very emotional and hugged me.

He knew Dad had passed away. He wanted to know all about the aunts and uncles. He asked if I sang. "Yes," I said. To which he responded, "Well, now I know you are a Lindberg! Oh, my, how those Lindberg girls could sing!!! They entertained us at all the functions!"

Then we talked about the Tooele Merc. "Best run store in town!" he said. He loved the Tooele Merc., as I did.

Then he got teary and said, "This has been a tender mercy for me, to meet Ralph's daughter at my daughter's funeral."

It was a sweet conversation. I wish Tony and I had been able to talk about this and know that we were connected in this special way. Actually, knowing Tony's love and warm spirit, I think she orchestrated this.

- Nancy Lindberg Criddle

Information about the photos used in this post...
Top photo: "Tooele Mercantile Company, 1925"; Individuals in photo L to R: unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Mark Lindberg, John A. Lindberg
Bottom photo: "The Lindberg Girls, 1931"; L to R: Edith, Esther, Hilda, Elna & June