In spite of birth entries for Margareta’s five siblings in Hishult, there was no record of her birth in the parish. Tax records quickly identified the father and revealed multiple moves within a narrow span of time; however, identification of the mother remained elusive. No witnesses to the births of the children provided clues; no household examinations existed. Coupling the understanding of broad context (naming patterns, inheritance laws, the calendar shift, etc.) with mtDNA and documentary evidence, the mother was identified and the lack of records was explained.

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Maternal Threads Unwoven: Identifying Margareta’s Mother in 18th Century Sweden,” by Jill Morelli, CG®, CGL℠. This webinar airs Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Jill Morelli, CG®, CGL℠, is a “Roots” genealogist, becoming interested in family history in the 1970s with the Alex Haley show. At that time, she just collected “stuff.” After a hiatus during which she had a family and volunteered in her community, Jill came back to genealogy with a vengeance in February 2002 and a total commitment to “doing it right.” She is the founder of the Certification Discussion Group which shares tips and strategies for BCG portfolio building, and a co-founder of Applied Genealogy Institute, whose motto is “Learn by Doing”. She has been published in a variety of publications including NGSQ, Swedish American Genealogist, and others. Jill is past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society and co-chaired SGS Centennial 2023.

When you register before March 19th with our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars (, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone with schedule conflicts may access the webinar at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

“Education is one of the most significant ways of achieving BCG’s mission of promoting public confidence in genealogy through uniform standards of competence,” said President Faye Jenkins Stallings, CG®. “We appreciate this opportunity to provide these webinars that focus on the standards that help family historians of all levels practice good genealogy.”

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