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I would love to connect with members of this family...Hilma was my great-grandfather's niece!  I am hoping to connect with my distant "cousins" and share family information.

Hilma Viktoria Engdal (Ryden) was born August 18, 1886 in Åseda, Kronobergs, Sweden.  She was the daughter of Anna Charlotta Engdal who was a "piga" (farm maid) when Hilma was born.  Unfortunately no record of Hilma's biological father has been found.  Birth record attached (line 4 on image)

On February 3, 1892, and only six years old, Hilma departed Åseda to join her mother in the United States.  Upon arrival (specific date unknown) she began to use her step-father's surname, "Ryden". 

Hilma Viktoria married Johan Frithiof "Fritz" Bengtson.  They lived in Tegner and Kennedy.  Hilma died in 1963 and is buried in the Kennedy cemetery.

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