Guerrilla Genealogy: Hunting Down Wedding Guests

nelson-scheiber-wedding-minneapolisDo you have a branch of your family that resembles a tangle of Christmas tree lights?

I do. One of my great-grandmothers, Severina Elizabeth Nelson, was a Norwegian from Freeborn County, Minnesota. If you’re familiar with that part of Minnesota, you know that pretty much everyone around there is Norwegian (or Danish). Either way, there are patronyms. If you’re a genealogist, patronyms are not your friends.

This particular grandma brings additional challenges. Her mother died when she was four, and her dad died when she was a teenager. Her two brothers had only one child between then, and that child died as a young woman. That means there aren’t a lot of people left to provide clues on my grandma’s family.

Fortunately, I do have one secret weapon: A wedding guest list. This grandmother got married in 1913, and she had one of those books where the wedding guests sign their names. I know not everyone signed it, because the number of people in the photos exceeds the number of people in the book…but it’s a great start. The groom’s line is well-documented, so the unknown folks are all possible relatives of my grandmother. For that reason, I’ve decided to research every single person on this list, to see whether any of might be relatives of my grandma. I’m also going to try to locate pictures of each person, so I can identify as many people as possible in the wedding photos.

I’ve seen baby books and wedding shower books with lists of people who gave gifts, funeral guest books, and other lists of people connected to a particular event. Have you ever used a resource like this to help find family connections? 

———————————————————————————

Here’s the part where I submit the names of the guests to the Google Gods. If you’ve found this post because you searched for one of these names, please contact me. I have photos and info to share, and we might be cousins, so yay!

  • Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Nelson [Allert Nelson and Ferol Cora Wright Nelson]
  • Mabelle Ruden [later Mabel Seliger]
  • Edward Scheiber
  • Gladys Scheiber
  • F. Scheiber Jr. [Frank J. H. Scheiber]
  • Evelyn Vasataka [child’s handwriting—others on the list are spelled Vasatka]
  • Irma L. Scheiber
  • Viola M. Scheiber [later Viola Dall]
  • Lu Scheiber [Luella Woolery Scheiber]
  • Kathryn Bieloh
  • A. V. Scheiber [Albert Valentine Scheiber]
  • Mary L. Scheiber [Mary Leonora Holthusen Scheiber]
  • Kitty Scheiber
  • Martha Erickson [later Martha Swanson]
  • Fred W. Scheiber
  • M. C. Ness [Martin C. Ness]
  • Wilda Ness [Wilda Nelson Ness]
  • Mrs. C. Vasatka
  • Mr. L. K. Grisbach
  • Mrs. L. K. Grisbach
  • O. A. Vasatka
  • Maud Haney
  • Nina Wright [later Nina Lauby]
  • Edie E. Vasatka
  • Miss M. Grisbach
  • Miss Lena Vollrath [later Lena Korp]
  • Mrs. Malshaw
  • Adele Malshaw
  • Mr. George Korp
  • Mr. M. Rosengren
  • Miss Carrie Oakland
  • Mr. and Mrs. William Vasatka
  • Mrs. B. R. Christy
  • Genevieve Christy

Get more stuff like this

Don't miss a thing. Subscribe to new posts via email.

14 Responses

  1. Mary Trogg 1 year ago
  2. Gen X Alogy 1 year ago
  3. Jennifer Sepulvado 1 year ago
  4. Greta Koehl 1 year ago
  5. Christine Clark 1 year ago
  6. Erin 1 year ago
  7. Rondina Muncy 1 year ago
  8. Debi Austen 1 year ago
  9. Elizabeth H. 1 year ago
  10. Cynthia Shenette 1 year ago
    • Kerry Scott 1 year ago

Add Comment

4482942978_c4347b15fe_z
Ancestor Hate Mail
Ancestry DDoS attack
8 Theories on the REAL Reason for the Ancestry.com Outage
8409353231_68d3062177_z
Confession: I’m a GeneaFreak in My Sleep
8180063833_53f8588a45_z
You Won’t Believe What This Quiz Says About What Kind of Genealogist You Are
4400388995_af65ba1fae_z
Can We Stop Calling Grandma a Whore?
Ancestry DDoS attack
8 Theories on the REAL Reason for the Ancestry.com Outage
5027161428_f762af4ce5_z
Why Don’t People Post Public Family Trees?
3366720659_b746789dfd_z
Confession: I Hate Free Genealogy Stuff
1594411528_1512b1aad5_z
How to Stop Spammers From Stealing Your Facebook Identity
nelson-scheiber-wedding-minneapolis
Guerrilla Genealogy: Hunting Down Wedding Guests
4212380812_a008fbbf06_z
Dead People, Dead People, Dead People, SQUIRREL!
Frederick Scheiber Probate File Milwaukee
What To Do With a 547-Page Probate File
Horrified Senior Woman
Clue: Your Ancestry Username and Your Pee-Oh-R-N Username Should Not Be The Same
4400388995_af65ba1fae_z
Can We Stop Calling Grandma a Whore?
5718897981_10faa45ac3_z
How to Get Around Those “No Family Tree” Cousins on AncestryDNA
4076084660_8577e3696f_z
My Cousin is a Whale
7512877940_2720e3be12_z
Want a Full Refund on Your NewspaperArchive.com Subscription? Just Ask About Their Charity.
3366720659_b746789dfd_z
Confession: I Hate Free Genealogy Stuff
250436252_11e6b00028_z
O Come, All Ye Drama Llamas
6587951925_169aa0d54f_z
Is Making Money From Your Blog Still a Thing?
4482942978_c4347b15fe_z
Ancestor Hate Mail
1594411528_1512b1aad5_z
How to Stop Spammers From Stealing Your Facebook Identity
Ancestry DDoS attack
8 Theories on the REAL Reason for the Ancestry.com Outage
7512877940_2720e3be12_z
Want a Full Refund on Your NewspaperArchive.com Subscription? Just Ask About Their Charity.