With the help of Google Translate I found my first black sheep ancestor this morning.
Initially I wondered why all of the writing on this page was beautifully scripted except for the one entry in Jan Olsson's record.
After typing the phrase into Google Translate I figured out why.
If I were the person recording this statement in the household records book, I probably would have been a little shaky too.
And so to start my new genealogy year, I've learned that the grandfather of my Swedish immigrant to America was beheaded for murder. In this record I also see that Jan's wife, my 6th-great-grandmother, died in 1804.
Here's to many more genealogy discoveries - good or bad - in 2016!